Christmas Speech & Language Activities to try!
In the run up to Christmas, here are some Christmas themed speech and language activities you could try! They can be played in small groups, 1:1 or at home!
Christmas feely bag – for working on adjectives/descriptions
Fill a bag or box with lots of Christmas items. Baubles, tinsel, wrapping paper, ribbon, confetti, cracker, tree ornaments, etc! In a group, take turns taking an item out of the bag. Ask the child to tell you how it feels, smells, looks, what it is used for. To make this more difficult, ask the child to look at the item while everyone else closes their eyes, and the child then describes the item for the others to guess!
Presents – for working on speech sounds
Wrap up a small gift with many layers of wrapping paper! Each time the child practices his sound or word, let him unwrap a layer of gift wrap!
Christmas cards – for working on understanding position words and following instructions
Make Christmas cards together step by step. Use instructions such as ‘first you need to draw a tree’, ‘next stick a star on top’, using the language of sequencing. Use preposition words like ‘stick the ribbon on top of the present’ and ‘the present goes under the tree’.
Christmas lunch! – for working on vocabulary skills
Fill a bag with plastic food items commonly eaten at Christmas time. Or cut out some pictures from a magazine (turkey, stuffing, Christmas pudding, parsnips, etc!). Take turns in choosing an item or picture and talking about it. For example, do you like this food? When do we eat it? What does it go with? What does it smell like? How do we cook it? If you use pictures, you could stick them on to a large paper plate to display.
Christmas crafts – a listening game
Provide pairs with sets of the same items, for example a picture of a Christmas tree, identical coloured stars, bits of coloured ribbon and glitter. Play a barrier game. Place a barrier between two children so they can’t see each others work. Let the children take turns in telling the other child what to do, for example, ‘Stick a green star at the top of the tree’, ‘Put some red glitter round the tree’. At the end they can compare their pictures, which should be the same!
Sarah Wall, Speech & Language Therapist