The week of Easter is upon us!! I know the day will come and go in a flash just like every other day I anticipate, but so I’m excited for Keegan to see what the Easter Bunny brought him!
I thought it would be fun to tie Easter-themed stuff into mommy speech therapy and we’ve been doing some really fun things, one activity which I transformed from the websites below..
Awhile ago I found a bunch of AWESOME YouTube videos featuring ideas and activities to promote speech, all done by Teach Me to Talk’s, Laura Mize, a pediatric speech-language pathologist .
These videos can be found on their YouTube channel or on the actual Teach Me to Talk website. She seems like the sweetest lady and has a bunch of awesome ideas!!!
The activity I’m focusing on in particular, I got from her Tupperware blocks video, but I’m using plastic Easter eggs as the block replacement.
I started by finding objects around the house that Keegan is familiar with. I also bought some of these small baby animals, that fit right into the eggs. We open the eggs by first prompting Keegan to sign or say “open." The egg “cracks open” and we see “what’s inside.” I make sure to repeat these words each time we go to a new egg, because the familiar phrases will help Keegan know what’s coming next and he can feel comfortable and confident with talking and joining in.
We then name the object and if its something we use, like a key or a small cup, we perform their actions, or if it’s an animal we make the appropriate sounds, if applicable…… because I couldn’t tell you how to make a zebra sound ;)
What’s a really cute idea is to act like the animals are then going to sleep in the eggs when we close them back up, we practice this by saying “Sssshhh” “Night-night” “Bye-bye,” all phrases that we use during our everyday life. That is Keegan’s favorite part, pretending they’re going to sleep.. he gets a kick out of it. Sometimes he’ll tell me that they are cold, and we go get them blankets, too sweet lol
During therapy this past week, Keegan’s therapist did something similar with the eggs except she hid them and we went on an egg hunt! We sang a song:
“Going on an egg hunt, egg hunt, egg hunt! Going on an egg hunt! Looking for some eggs”
After a couple times of singing the song, we would leave out the last word “eggs” to prompt Keegan to say it, sometimes he did, sometimes he didn’t ;)
There were objects in each of the eggs and Keegan would shake, shake, shake it and find out what was inside then put them in his basket.
We also have different sized eggs, so sometimes we’ll categorize them by big, medium or small and even the color of the eggs, all while working on our words and sounds.. so simple!
Sorry, no fun pictures of the activity to post, because when my focus strays, so does Keegan’s! But here’s a cute one of my little sidekick, napping.
Have a great day!