I really could write an entire week of tips focused on using a blanket to teach and expand language skills. Kids love blankets – blankets are so simple and have the potential for big benefits on language development. Look at Wiley, Kay, and Logan (3 and 4 year-olds). They used blankets to cover the table, creating the perfect cave, house, tent, or in their case a “hideout”. As they created the space, they were heard saying, “We’ll be safe in here” and “Be careful, Wiley. Don’t knock the roof down.” This space had getaway doors and trap doors … all amazing vocabulary words used because the kids were using their imaginations. Working together for a common goal is an important skill every child needs to learn. To learn the skill, they need to practice it over and over. The best way to practice this skill is through play with other children. So, grab a blanket and channel your inner child or just watch as your child shows you how incredible their own imaginations can be. If your child has limited verbal language, remember this … it’s all about the connection you share with your child as they are under the table, safely hidden by a blanket. We want to hear from you – share your ideas – what are some ways
your child plays with a blanket? ~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