During a speech and language session with a little one yesterday, we were reading “The Snowman Storybook” by Raymond Briggs. When we started, I mentioned that I wish we had a snowman to play with
while we read the story. Even though we did not have a snowman, the little one went and grabbed a Minion and
said that could be our snowman. It was pure imagination in action. As we read the story, we had the “snowman” act out the scenes of walking up the steps (used the steps in the home), flying in the sky, and running fast. As you read stories with your children, look around and see if you can grab toys or other objects in your house as
props. This encourages an interactive experience with books. We gave our “snowman” and a very deep sounding voice. Give the characters in your story a voice too. This provides an opportunity for your child to play around with the different ways our voice can sound. Books are filled with endless possibilities, especially when a child’s imagination is involved. ~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