• Lindsey O'Neill MA, CCC-SLP

Let's Get Moving: Articulation Activities

You know what fills my cup? Watching my clients have FUN while working on their speech-language therapy goals! I primarily work with preschool through early elementary-aged students and if there is one thing I have learned about this age group, it's that they love to move!

Sitting at a desk is an important skill that has its place, but even my sleep-deprived 28 year-old self craves movement. Learning doesn't have to take place "sitting still". The idea of working on articulation at home can be a little intimidating, but parents I am here to tell you, you can do it! If you can play with your child, you can help carryover at home.

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite articulation activities that incorporate both fine and gross motor movement. In recent weeks, I have used these activities with children ages 3-6 years and they have been a hit!

1. Pick Up the "Trash": I found these items at Dollar Tree and Five Below (two of my favorite spots). You can hide objects or articulation cards around the room and have your child practice before "throwing it in the trash". If you're looking for free articulation cards, Mommy Speech Therapy has amazing FREE photo cards for nearly every sound in all word positions!

2. "I Spy...": Play "I Spy" with these homemade binoculars. I'll admit, I'm a little too Type B when it comes to my crafting, hence why they aren't the prettiest binoculars, but you know what? They were so cheap to make and the kids love them, so I consider that a win! Cut a paper towel roll in half,wrap some decorative tape around those bad boys and you are ready to play! Search for words that have your child's target sound anywhere-at home, in the car, at the park, or even the grocery store!

3. Ready...Set...Pop!: Target dollar spot sells these adorable animal poppers. I am the proud owner of a pig and shark and can confidently say they're worth gold in the speech therapy world. Binder clips are great for keeping articulation photo cards upright. The cards pictured are part of a free download from Expressly Speaking's TPT store. I know another amazing SLP, Ashley Rossi, sells an entire Popper Companion Pack in her TPT store. Tip: Use a dry erase marker to write the numbers 1-5 on the back of the cards, to indicate how many times your child will practice a particular word.

4. Fill the Truck: Scatter objects or photo cards around an area and have your child drive the truck around. Before putting the card into the back of the truck, practice saying the word five times! Get creative and make an obstacle course for the truck to go through. Talk about where the truck is going and how it is moving. Is it moving fast or slow? Did it go over a hill or under a table? Language is everywhere! :)

If you're feeling unsure about how to help your child carryover their articulation practice at home, please don't hesitate to ask your child's speech-language pathologist for ideas. SLPS are clinicians not magicians. The real magic happens every day at home when a child is surrounded by parents, caregivers, friends, and family, who help support their learning.

Have an amazing week and thank you for reading!

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