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TIP#5 Summer Language Enrichment Series : Play a category game

Speech Pathology Associates, Mississippi
Summer Language Enrichment Series

Difficulty naming 6-8 items that make up a category can often be an early indicator of
later reading problems.  While this activity can be done in a number of settings, just like
the TIP#4 action word game, playing it in a pool provides the most summer fun.  

As on our last activity, using a beach ball, have your child or a group of kids stand in the
shallow water so they can easily throw a ball to one another.  Either you or another team
member will choose a category from which the items will come. The kids will throw the
ball in a random order so each child must be ready with a category word at all times. 
When the ball is thrown to a child, he/she is to say an item from the category chosen
(animals, clothes, fruits, vegetables, etc.) when the ball is caught. If unable to give a
word, you could have that child sit on the side of the pool until only one child
remains; however, the actual ‘game’ instructions are yours to make.

Increasing category language is one of the best ways to increase language.  If this activity
proves to be difficult for your child or if you have questions, please email me.


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TIP#2 : Summer Language Enrichment Series: Do a variation of a blind man’s walk

On TIP#1, you blindfolded your child and gave ‘preposition’ directions for your child to follow.  Since your child is familiar with wearing a blindfold, let’s vary the activity to further enhance listening skills.

This exercise can be done inside or outside.  The purpose is to help your child separate background noise from specific sounds in the environment.  This closely aligns with classroom activities where the child has to listen to the teacher while blocking out the sounds of the activity in the hallway or the lawnmower outside the window.

While blindfolded, lead your child around to specific sounds and have the child identify what the sound is.  You might lead the child closely to traffic noise, a bird whistling in a tree, or the washer inside the house.  Should familiar people be in the child’s environment, ask him/her to tell you who is talking.
If this activity proves to be difficult for your child or if you have questions, please email me.