During your next trip to the grocery store, encourage your child to pick out a fruit or vegetable. Ideas could include potatoes, butternut squash, apples, bananas, oranges, cucumbers, zucchini,
watermelon, or pomegranates. Using writing utensils, they can draw a face on the food item. This activity encourages your child to use their helper hand while they hold the food to draw. As they create the face, they will use problem solving strategies to get the body parts to fit on the food (they may need to draw smaller eyes on an apple than on a watermelon). They can label each body part and describe what the body part does. Once everyone has a decorated piece of fruit or a vegetable, then you can put on a
“party” where all of the food items talk to each other.
~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