What Are Some Fun Fall-Inspired Speech Activities?


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Dear Children’s Speech Therapy Center,

What are some fun activities that I can do with my children to support their speech and language growth while enjoying the fall?

— Concerned Parent


Dear Concerned Parent,

There are many wonderful activities you can do with your young children during this season. Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather. One of my favorite things to do while playing at the park is to go on a leaf hunt.

1. Go On a Leaf Hunt. While you’re hunting, you can compare and contrast leaves by color, size, and shape. You can reinforce prepositions and following directions by playing a hide-n-seek game with the leaves. Hide the different leaves around the playground. Then have your children find them by giving them directions such as “Find the leaf that is under the slide.”

2. Pick Some Apples. Apple picking is another great activity. Be sure to pick tons of apples so you can bring them home to make some delicious treats. Homemade applesauce is a favorite of mine! While you are cooking with your children, you can reinforce different language goals such as sequencing, vocabulary, and oral narratives. You can take pictures of the different steps of the recipe you are going to make and have them guess the order of the steps before you do them. Later, when you have finished your recipe, your children can sequence the steps again, this time using past tense verbs as they retell the sequence. Throughout your cooking project don’t forget to reinforce all the wonderful vocabulary you are using, such as ingredients, mixing, baking, and patting.

3. Read Some Fall-themed Books. After you’re tired from running around at the playground and cooking up some snacks, you can sit down with your children and read some fun fall themed books. A few of my favorite include: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, We’re Going on A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, and Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. While reading these books your children can use their newly learned prepositions to tell you where items are located on the page. They can describe what the characters are doing using appropriate pronouns and verbs. You can work together to act out the story and retell the different events. In addition, many of the books have rhyming words to address developing phonological awareness skills

4. Make Fall Arts and Crafts. Finally, you can take some of the themes from the books and make some great arts and crafts projects such as Halloween masks, cotton ball ghosts, and leaf bookmarks. While you’re working on the crafts together, you can discuss the different steps and materials needed to complete your project. This will address executive functioning skills as well as language sequencing skills. Be sure to reinforce the use of different temporal markers such as first, last, before, and after.

These are just a few of the many wonderful activities you can do to support your children’s language skills while enjoying the season. If you’d like additional suggestions, feel free to email us at Children’s Speech Therapy Center and we can brainstorm with you to find ideas that will work for your family!

Kristen Jones M.A. CCC-SLP, CSTC Co-Director


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