Bouncing into Outdoor Speech Fun

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outdoor speech funSummer weather means that outside sessions may be possible. If the sun is out and it isn’t too warm, head out and about for some speech and language focused learning and fun. Any playground equipment, sports balls, or other outside accessories can be used in different ways to incorporate speech goals. The best part about these is it will keep kids actively engaged.

Chalk it up and more

All you need for some great summer fun with a speech twist are chalk and a kickball. If you do not have a kickball, another ball that bounces will work. Draw a grid of varying size on the sidewalk or other area with blacktop. Each of the smaller spaces within the square or rectangle will include a letter. Individualize this for each student based on what sounds they may be working on. If kids are working on end sounds or beginning blends, they may also be represented in the game. Everyone goes around the giant area and takes a turn bouncing the ball into the grid. If it lands on a |sp| then they need to say a word using that beginning blend and as a challenge put it into a sentence. Continue to go around the square and add a twist. Have kids move around the shape until you say to stop. They will close their eyes to bounce the ball so it’s more of a mystery.

Word blast with beach balls

While you may not be able to head to the beach for your speech sessions, you can use a beach ball for some learning games. The sections on a beach ball work perfectly to create multiple activities that will work on speech and language skills. You will need some beach balls and permanent markers. Be sure to check out the dollar section or stores for beach balls this time of year. Inflate the balls and write different prompts on each section. Some ideas are:

  • Same start
  • Time to rhyme
  • Sentence sillies
  • Act it out

Beach balls that have dots on them are perfect for articulation. To play, stand in a circle and toss the ball to the person on your right. Whatever your left hand lands on is what you have to do on your turn. This is a great mobile activity that can also go home with students for a weekend or night. If each child has a beach ball, you can prep them ahead of time to send home to practice what they’ve learned. Remember to have clear instructions to assist multilingual families.

 

 

 

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