Speech Activities for Father’s Day
Speech Activities for Father’s Day
Father’s day is celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in June. It is a great bonding moment for children as they are usually very excited to celebrate this day. We have seen many children planning this day well in advance. Children use their creativity and imagination so beautifully that we can even think of it. This special day can be taken as a great opportunity for speech and language stimulation. We Speech and Language Pathologists usually take the best use of such opportunities as it gives scope for more natural language usage. In addition, this is also something children can relate to and therefore they attend to it very well.
Below is the list of simple activities related to Father’s Day. It’s just an attempt to incorporate the activities for good speech stimulation. Parents and caregivers can use their imagination and creativity to give a personal touch to these activities and make them more interesting.
Remember the goal is good speech stimulation and therefore you must talk through the activities. Use simple grammatically correct sentences when you are talking to the children.
1. Ask the child to draw the picture of their father and talk about it:
Begin by giving the child a pencil and a piece of paper. This would give the child unlimited scope for using their creativity and imagination. Encourage them to draw whatever comes to their mind about their dad. If they are not able to do it, prompt them by using adjectives like “I think your dad is a strong man”, “Is he tall?” etc. Once the child starts drawing, ask them what they are drawing. Encourage them to talk about their picture and share it with the rest of the family members. Speech Activities for Father’s Day
2. Talking about their father
Most of the children see their fathers as superheroes. Just ask the children which Superhero they see their father and why helps them to come up with loads of spontaneous utterance. With this activity, we can target various nouns and adjectives.
Clinician: What superhero you see your dad as?
Clinician: What superpower does he have?
Child: He is strong, very brave….
Clinician: Can he fly?
Child: No. But he can drive fast, run and jump.
Please note: In the above example, the child is speaking fluently. But many a time when we are working with children with language delay, it a challenge to elicit single words. In such a situation language stimulation techniques like modeling, prompting and expansion can be used.
3. Playing word games
Speech Activities for Father’s Day; Playing word games like what they call their fathers or what are the possible words used for fathers encourages them to come up with loads of similar meaning words.
You can just ask them to list possible words for father and ask them to say them aloud.
During this, you can also expand on how people speaking different languages, call their fathers differently but all these words have the same meaning.
4. Sentence closure activity
Children are never shy from expressing their love for their fathers. Many times, we hear these tiny tots expressing their love loudly and clearly. Giving them a sentence closure activity would boost their language comprehension and expression.
For example: “I love my father because……”. They can be asked to give at least five reasons for this.
This would involve talking about celebrating Father’s day and making plans for the same. Children would be asked to think of as many things as possible to make this day special for their fathers. They can be asked to generate a list of the same. You can help the child to prepare this list. Prompts can be given when children find it difficult to express their ideas. Later children can be asked to pick one or two of their ideas and do the same for their father’s day celebration.
5. Making a list of Father’s Day activity
This activity involves talking about celebrating Father’s day and making plans for the same. Children can be asked to think of as many things as possible to make this day special for their fathers. They can be asked to generate a list of the same. You can help the child to prepare this list. Prompts can be given when children find it difficult to express their ideas. Later children can be asked to pick one or two of their ideas and do the same for their father’s day celebration.
6. Executing a celebration plan- making a shopping list
Based on the above activity, the children can be asked to think of what all they need to buy and where will they go to buy the same. For example: if the child thinks of making a greeting card for father’s day, they can be encouraged to say or write a shopping list of what they would need. The list may include the following:
- Glitter pen. Etc.
The children can also be encouraged also to think of possible places they need to go to buy the above things. The same activity can be followed for buying a gift, making a cake, decorating the house, etc.
7. Sequencing an activity
Sequencing is a very important skill especially when it comes to narration. Through this activity, sequencing skills can be targeted which in turn would help the child with their narration ability. Any activity which the child chooses can be taken. The activity can be broken into the step of 4 or 6. For the child to understand, pictures/ written cards can be made. Explain each card to the child and keep it in front in correct order. The child can be encouraged not only to sequence the cards but also to narrate the step in each of the cards. For example: let’s take the activity of making a greeting card. The activity can be divided into the following steps:
- Take a paper and draw the picture on it
- Colour the picture
- Write your wish for father’s day
- Fold the paper and put it in an envelop
Encourage the child to narrate the steps while arranging the pictures on the card. For older children, this activity can be taken up without picture/ written cards if the child has good attention and concentration abilities.
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