With more winter weather moving into the area, you may need some ideas on how to add a little “fun” into the routine. This works great for when you feel like you have repeated yourself a thousand times and it doesn’t feel like the kids are listening. Before giving them a direction, such as washing their hands in the bathroom, you could say, “Do you want to hop like a bunny to the bathroom or fly like an airplane?” By adding an action into the direction, kids often feel like it’s a game and become much more excited to follow through. Here are some of my personal favorites: be a robot, moo like a cat, bark like a dog, slither like a snake, dance, hop like a frog, and growl like a bear. Before your direction, give them two choices to make it “fun.” Break up that winter dreary routine most of us are experiencing.
~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