We hope you had an amazing weekend. Ours wrapped up with a little bit of lesson planning for the week, which we'd love to share with you!
Spring is a particularly fun time for creating and assembling activities for speech therapy. It's a season that lends itself to many themes that are great for language and articulation development (think garden, bugs, weather changes, animals and their babies, etc.). Today we're showing you one of our favorite spring/Easter-themed activities, which you can easily recreate at home: an Easter grass sensory bin! (For more information about sensory bins and sensory play, check out this post by Little Bins for Little Hands.)
For us, this has turned out to be one of those materials whose possibilities are endless. Take a look at some of the ways we use it, and please let us know what you do with it in the comments section below!
Start by filling a plastic bin with Easter grass, like so:
Now for the fun part...fill your grassy bin with cool stuff! You can fill it with objects that all start with the same sound or all fall into the same category, like we did for this Bin o' Bugs:
Or throw a bunch of different objects in there and use this activity to talk about similarities/differences, expand knowledge of adjectives, and practice sorting into categories:
To make this activity more Easter-y, put your objects inside plastic eggs and bury those in the grass:
In addition to the ideas listed above, this bin is a great tool for:
- Establishing joint attention
- Requesting and labeling
- Answering yes/no and "wh" questions
- Following single and multistep directions
- Practicing specific sounds
What are your favorite Spring activities to do with your kids? Let us know by leaving us a comment below!