Speech Activities for Springtime
It’s Spring! Time to catch those leprechauns, look for gold and go on egg hunts. No doubt you’ll find many events going on around you for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and Easter (March 27th). But just in case you’re looking for some spring activity ideas, here are some fun St. Patrick’s Day and Easter themed activities you and your little one can do together.
Speech Activities for Springtime: St. Patrick’s Day
This fun activity will definitely get your little one moving. The link provides you with all the materials you’ll need, like clovers you can print out (or you can cut out your own with your little one). Depending on the age of your child, you can alter the actions—for a two year old hopping in place will be easier than balancing on one foot. What is wonderful about this activity is that it can easily be altered for Easter. Instead of making clovers, make Easter eggs!
The Gross Motor Learning with Hop on Pop, is a fun alternative to the activity above. You can also make Easter Bunny ears and have your little one hop like a bunny!
Coin dig is a sensory play activity that allows your child to dig for gold! Gold coins that is. This activity can definitely be combine with Gold Scavenger Hunt and is very similar to the Learn your ABCs activities we’ve mentioned before.
Let’s not to forget the St. Patrick’s Day parade! NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade always draws in huge crowds. Like every year, the parade will be held on Thursday, March 17th—St. Patrick’s Day. However, if you and your little one can’t attend, then try attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parades going on Sunday, March 20th in Park Slope or Bay Ridge.
Speech Activities for Springtime: Easter
Word Family Rainfall
Rainfall is a great activity for teaching your child to start recognizing word families. In order to make this activity more Easter-like, replace the paper buckets and rain drops with Easter baskets and Easter eggs. You can either cut them out like the link suggest or use the real thing. Even after Easter is over you can still use those plastic eggs for more fun activities.
Easter Egg Toss Game for Learning Addition
If your child is older or loves math games, then the Easter Egg Toss Game for Learning Addition activity is perfect for them. Alterations can be made in order to work on other math operations. Or if your child is not a math fanatic, then make sure the dots are different colors and explain to your child that each color dot represents a different action. For example, if the egg lands on red, have her do five jumping jacks.
Reading books is also a fun way to get your little one in a festive spirit. Below are just a few books that you can read with your little one.
St. Patrick’s Day theme books
- How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
- S is for Shamrock: An Ireland Alphabet by Eve Bunting
- The Luckiest Day St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater
Easter themed books
- Pete the Cat, Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean
- Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond
- Easter Eggspress! (Thomas & Friends) by Golden Books, Jim Durk & Tommy Stubbs