Remember the days of coming inside with grass stains on your pants? Even just hearing the word “grass” probably elicits an
array of memories. Grass is one of my favorite ways to elicit language and fine motor skills simultaneously. That’...s right …
grass. As you and your child get down on the grass (can sit directly on the grass, squat, or kneel), follow your child’s lead. What do they do with it? Maybe just explore with their fingers or hands? Maybe they pull the grass out in bigger amounts (helps with hand strengthening and understanding grab and
release). Maybe they pull the grass blades out one by one (develops the pincer grasp). For a baby, they may enjoy just direct contact with the grass. Maybe you tear some of the grass and tickle their toes (label different body parts as you go). Maybe your toddler fills up a container and dumps it out (the concept
of “in/out). Maybe you say, “Put the grass on your ___ (name different body parts or pieces of clothing). Kids over two will love the discussion you have
about grass … the long pieces … the short pieces … the different shades of green …the soft pieces … the rough pieces … the way it smells …how it grows … maybe they will want to take it in and add it to their sensory table … maybe together you create a song. Oh, the beauty and simplicity of grass. Just like when you were a child, you will probably come back inside with grass stains on your pants (can lead to problem solving – how can we get this stain out). ~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