Blankets are one of my favorite objects to utilize for play. A simple blanket can create numerous opportunities for language expansion. Have your child grab a blanket and play "What's under the blanket?" Using any object from the house (we often choose toys), place it under the blanket, and ask, "What is under the blanket?" Encourage your child to feel it, describe it, and make a guess. This activity promotes numerous skills - following directions, positional concepts, using
words to describe, making a prediction, answering questions, and engaging in turn-taking. If your child wants to hide the same object under the blanket 10 times ... go with it ... it's all about their level of engagement (if they keep the activity going, you do too). More blanket ideas coming tomorrow! ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist