FOAM EGG PUZZLES:
I found these foam egg puzzles last year at Michaels. They are great for a quick activity. I made them up for a variety of different activities:
1. Defining vocabulary by stating: Category + function + description. I use this in conjunction with my EET strand. I also made an definition cue card to show them how to define the word (ex. A _______ is a type of _________ that you can _________. It is _____________.) I sent this home with some pictures of Easter objects for home practice.
2. Some of my clients with pragmatic language challenges were working on different levels of emotions. We wrote a small, regular and big emotion on the front of the egg. On the back of each piece we wrote an example of when we felt that way.
3. Articulation Practice. I sent my articulation clients home with eggs containing their target sounds or sentences containing their target sounds.
EASTER EGG HUNTS:
These are some of my favorite things to do. I don't think I'm breaking any ground by suggesting that you try an Easter egg hunt in therapy. But these were made for the lazy speech therapist. I print off a worksheet or articulation pictures, cut them out-put them in the egg and hide them. If I'm feeling nice I might add some candy to the egg. I LOVE that they have character eggs now-it makes it easier to do these scavenger hunts year round. Working on /s/ blends? I'll grab my Sponge Bob and Spiderman eggs and hide some pictures. I just picked up some R2D2 and Ninja Turtle ones to use with some of my /r/ kids. Here are some other ideas for Easter Egg hunts:
Now that I have all of these character heads, I thought they could be a fun way to work on the idea that people have different thoughts. We start by working on object riddles. I write out the answer and put it in the character's head. So for example, if the answer is "apple", I put that in a Batman egg. Then I say something like, "Batman is thinking about a fruit that is red, grows on trees and has seeds." The child guesses and we look inside Batman's head to see if they guessed it. I will use pictures for non-readers.
We expand this to social inferencing to work on theory of mind. Write the answer and put it in the egg head. A super simple problem would be: Batman sees Joker making fun of Robin. What does Batman think about Joker.
Visual Referencing: I work on visual scavenger hunts a lot with my students with nonverbal language disorders. I'm always surprised by how difficult this can be for some of them. We play this game 2 ways. First, I hide eggs with treats/candy. They get ONE chance to try to find the egg that I am thinking of. If they open the wrong egg, I get to keep the prize. They need to watch my eyes to see where I am looking. They also can check in with me, and I will shake my head yes/no to let them know if they are going to pick the correct egg.
Describing Skills: For this activity I have the child hide the Eggs while I wait outside the room or close my eyes. In a group, you could have each child hide 2-3 eggs. Then they need to give you clues to figure out where they hid their egg. For older students, I use some "hard-to-find" eggs that include suction cups on the eggs to place them up high.
What are you doing for Easter? Check back this week because I've got a few more Easter surprises up my sleeve-including an Easter vocabulary freebie AND a fun new game from the dollar store. And I'm coming up on a pretty big milestone-I'm thinking a party might be a good way to celebrate it.