Sidewalk chalk can be a lot of fun for kids, and kids at heart.
From hopscotch games to creating elaborate works of art, there is a ton of fun to be had with such a simple children’s toy.
It can even be used to assist with kids’ speech therapy, and help make practicing these skills fun.
If you’re looking for professional help to address your child’s speech issues, District Speech is offering speech teletherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic, to help keep your progress on-track.
In the meantime, though, read on for some fun exercises – and all you need is sidewalk chalk.
1. Create A Board Game
Creating a board game can help kids practice following basic directions.
Using red, green, and blue chalk, make a path using hearts, triangles, circles, stars, squares, and rectangles in any pattern you want.
Be sure to have at least one of each shape in each color.
Next, print and cut-out these free direction cards which include instructions such as “Jump two times and move to the green square” and “Hop on one foot before you move to the red triangle”.
Having starting and finish lines, as well as setting clear instructions before you start can help make things go more smoothly and ensure you and your child don’t get frustrated.
2. Draw Pictures Of People
Drawing stick people, and objects which “belong” to those stick people can help with practicing pronouns and possessives.
Start by drawing a few different stick figures.
In order to practice possessives draw items around each figure and have your child identify which items “belong” to each figure, such as “this is her cat,” “this is the boy’s dog,” or “this is their hat”.
3. Play A Word Association Game
With this activity, you and your child will take turns drawing pictures of items which go together.
For instance, using fruit as a category example, you might start by drawing a banana, and then your child draws a bunch of grapes.
Some parents shy away from this activity as they worry that they aren’t the best artists.
But I promise you your child won’t care at all – do your best and don’t worry if your drawings look more like Picasso than Monet.
4. Put Speech Exercises Inside A Hopscotch Board
For this activity, start by drawing a hopscotch board on the pavement (if the weather is poor you can do this inside, making the hopscotch board with masking tape).
Inside each space use pictures or words (depending on the reading level of your child) based on the sounds they need to practice.
Play hopscotch normally, however as your child jumps to each square, they will have to say the word, and use each one in a sentence.
5. Draw A Bullseye With Speech Sounds In It
Start by drawing a target or “bullseye” with a number of small circles on the pavement.
Give each circle a number or “score” with the smallest, inner circle having the highest number, and each larger ring having a smaller number.
Have your child stand back from the circle and toss a pebble or something similar at the circle – whichever number they land on is how many times they need to practice their sound.
Adjust the circle and numbers you use according to what is appropriate for your child.
Book An Appointment With District Speech
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Do you worry that they are not speaking at the same level of peers of the same age?
Have they been diagnosed with a developmental disability which his holding back their speech development?
District Speech wants to help.
We will work with you and your child to determine what is causing delays in speech development and work with you to correct it.
At District Speech we believe consistent practice is important to success, and we are continuing to offer TeleTherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic which allows patients to continue progressing towards their goals – from the safety of home.
Contact us today to learn more.
If you’re curious to learn more about this subject or would like to consult with one of our speech and language therapists, feel free to contact us.
Until next time,
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