Here is Riley and she was so excited to come home from school and “organize” her Valentine’s Day candy. I saw this picture and thought, “This is a great way to naturally sort or a do a pattern.” If your child has
candy and cards left over from yesterday’s Valentine Day party, you could do different patterns with the candy (snickers, kit-kat, snickers, kit-kat), you could have them sort the candy into piles (all candy with a red wrapper in one pile and all candy with a brown wrapper in another pile). You could hold up the candy and they have to find the similarities and differences in the cards (“Both of them have letters on it” or “That one has a Disney princess but that one has a car on it”). They enjoy their Valentines while also increasing language concepts.
~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