After a long winter, it is a great idea to take some sessions outside. Whether you are at a school with a playground, at a home where you can go outside during a session, or just want to walk out the front door, you can easily adapt and be flexible. When the weather cooperates, the outside environment provides a great background for some lessons.
Using Your Spring Senses
Kids of all ages love to think about their five senses. Take the opportunity to use this connection with science to connect with speech and language. Go outside and take a senses walk. Spend a set number of minutes talking about what you observe with each of the senses. Some ideas for your walk:
- What do you see?
- How do you feel differences?
- Do you hear anything?
- Which smells do you notice?
- Are there any tastes that remind you of this season?
Follow these up by making a little journal of vocabulary or words that they may take home to practice and share with their families.
Searching for Specific Colors
On another day, you can do a similar activity that focuses on color searches. Make a little drawing book out of different colored construction paper. Head outside with the booklets, a pencil, and clipboard. Now, allow the kids to pick a page to begin with. Tell them that you are going to give them a certain amount of time to sketch items that they see that has that color. Once that is done, they will move onto the next color. Depending on your group of children, you may want to reconnect after each page to share what they have located. This is a great way to practice vocabulary, sharing ideas with others, and organizing your thoughts when speaking.
I Spy Spring Photo Walk
For those days when the weather may not cooperate, collect some fun spring time photos to use during sessions. Gather photos from magazines or make 8×10 prints of some photographs and laminate them. These may then be used for photo walks inside. First, you can chat about the photos and what you would see if you were walking past that area. Then play some rounds of I Spy. Take turns going around with take both roles in the game.
Think about reaching out to families to see if they have special spring time photos that you could use together. Sharing where families are from or have visited will help children to embrace their unique backgrounds. In addition to this, it allows them to share with others and be proud.