April Showers that bring the infamous May flowers are part of the culture of spring legends. Children in classrooms are taught to embrace this typically rainy season because of the beauty that it will reveal in the months to come. Crafts are always a wonderful way to work on speech and language skills. Any of the following activities can easily be changed to extend to specific goals or needs of a child. Think outside of the box with April and use umbrellas, rain boots, clouds, rain drops, and other items that relate to April Showers.
April Showers Rain Cloud Mobile
Kids love to make mobiles and rain drops coming from a cloud are a great starting point. You will need a hanger, construction paper (white for the cloud, and blue for the drop), crayons, hole puncher, stapler, blue yarn, and glue. Make a giant cloud shape that children can trace on the white paper. They will then decorate this with their name and April Showers. The cloud will be stapled around the hanger to cover it over. Then, have them trace 6-8 raindrop shapes on blue paper. For older children, you can put words that you are working on onto the drop for practice. They can also glue photos onto the drops as well. Connect the drop by making 3-4 holes into the cloud. Loop the yarn and knot it to the top of the cloud. At the bottom of the yarn, use glue to place two rain drops together. Once this is dry, it can be sent home to share with families.
Walking around in the rain with an umbrella is a lot of fun, especially if you can splash and play. Talk about this with the kids and ask them how they would design their own umbrella. Ask questions about what colors, items, and shapes they would include on their umbrella. Next, give each child their own card stock umbrella shape. They can plan out their drawing with a pencil. As they are doing this, direct specific questions about the craft to work on conversational skills. Once the plan is complete, they may add color with markers, colored pencils, crayons, or paint if you are adventurous.
While working on either of these activities or others, have the children talk through the steps. Work on their confidence, speed, word use, and articulation. If targeting specific words, you may also have one side of the item contain a translation so multilingual family members at home can utilize this. These would work well on the flip side of the rain drops. Remember, there are countless other April craft ideas out there. Search on Pinterest to be inspired and utilize them in a way that works with the children you are seeing.