At Bringing Therapy Home, we are big believers that your home contains the perfect items to elicit all developmental skills … speech, language, fine motor, gross motor, cognition, and play … there is no need to buy any special toys … everything you need is in your house. For example, look around and easily count all of the shoes in your home. Shoes are everywhere! Here a mom provided us with a great picture – she had her children take and put their shoes away. You’ll see her children have very different ideas on what “put your shoes away” means. She shared with me how her 4 year-old son spent a substantial amount of time organizing his shoes. Just looking at this picture,
you can see some of the skills he easily enhanced and developed. This activity improved his matching skills (had to find the shoes that went together), spatial awareness (being able to determine which shoes would fit in the space available), sequencing (having an order of events he followed to complete the task), problem solving (moving and rearranging shoes so they would all fit in there), and self-esteem (he had to feel good about being given a task and completely it). Shoes are an incredible way to increase a skill level.
Big thanks to the mom who shared this picture with me! You are
incredible at providing your children with natural ways to develop their skills.
Tomorrow, I’ll share a play activity using your family’s shoes.
~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