Going apple picking this weekend? With the apple picking season upon us, why not use this opportunity to enrich and develop your child’s language? These are ten things I came up with. Feel free to share yours!
1. Who can come up with most words to describe apples? Red, smooth, juicy, round, smooth, tart, crunchy, cold, rotten… you got the idea.
2. What can we do with an apple? Eat, slice, peel, core, bake, pick, bite, chew…
3. Where do apples grow? On the apple tree! Talk about parts of the tree: trunk, branches, leaves, roots, bark. Find these parts on different trees.
4. What parts does an apple have? Skin, core, seeds, stem, flesh. Which part do we eat? Or don’t?
5. You can talk about apples that grow high or low on a tree, or fell on the ground, or grow near/far from the trunk.
6. Talk about what food you can make with apples: apple pie, apple sauce, caramel apples, apple juice. Did I miss something?
7. If you decide to actually make a recipe, this is an excellent opportunity
-to discuss what ingredients and equipment you need to make it
-to talk about HOW you will make it (what the steps are)
-to help your child recall and describe the steps after you are done
- to enjoy the shack
8. Count the apples. Who has more? Less?
9. Find the biggest/smallest one. Compare the apples: big-bigger-the biggest, small-smaller-the smallest.
10. Don’t forget to talk about the hay ride, lots of vocabulary there too.
As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child's speech, language, play, or communication, talk to the speech therapist www.slp4u.com/contact.html