If you have ever come to play and learn with us at Wildflowers Therapy, you probably know how much we love playing with Easter eggs all year long! It is our favourite time of the year to stock up on new colours, sizes, textures, and everything in between. Let’s make that Easter egg hunt at home last a bit longer this year and help your child build new vocabulary and skills along the way!
There are so many new words you can teach your child with eggs: open, find, look, crack, help, and the list goes on!
Use eggs that are different colours, sizes, and textures and add words such as: green, pink, big, small, sparkly, smooth.
If you are practicing one or two specific sounds with your child, find small items or pictures that contain that sound (for example, if your child is practicing their “k” sound- find small cars, cows, keys, etc.) and find them in the egg. Each time your child finds an egg, practice the word three times before finding another egg!
Tip: Finding items to go inside these eggs can be tricky. Think outside the box. My favourite is mini erasers and party favours from Party City or your local dollar store.
Practice following directions by having your child hide the eggs around the house and in the backyard. Give them suggestions of where you want them to put the egg. For example, “in the basket,” “under the table.” This is a fun way to get moving and practice understanding location words: in, on, under, in front, behind, etc.
For your older kids working on language, hide an item in the egg and play the guessing game to find out what is inside. Your child must ask you questions about what the item could be. For example, “Is it food?” “Can you drive it?” “Is it orange?” “Where can you find this item in our house?” This fun detective game works on building connections between vocabulary words.
Written by Avery Schick, Speech-Language Pathologist with Wildflowers