18 Dec Using Christmas craft to teach language
Christmas is a truly magical time of the year to spend with friends, family and loved ones. If you have a little one who loves to get creative over the festive season, you may be looking for some new and fresh activity ideas to keep them occupied over the silly season. At Small TALK Speech therapy, we love getting in to the Christmas spirit and using christmas craft ideas to target different language concepts, both receptively (that is, your child’s understanding of a concept) and expressively (that is, your child’s ability to use the concept words in conversation).
Body Parts and Clothing
Use Christmas colouring sheets or toys to talk about different body parts, such as: eyes, ears, mouth, nose, head, arms, legs, feet and tummy. You can also use these activities to teach different clothing items (such as hat, suit, pants, jacket, boots).
Teach your child about colours when drawing pictures or making your own Christmas cards for family members.
You can also use all the fun Christmas decorations and items you see when you are out at the shops, or decorating your home to teach your child about colours. Try playing a treasure hunt game with your child, “Find a decoration that is blue!”. Don’t forget about the ‘Christmas colours’ – red and green!
Teach your child about plurals by counting all the fun Christmas decorations and items you see when you are out at the shops, or decorating your home. Some examples of regular plurals may include: candy cane/canes, hat/hats, glove/gloves, shoe/shoes, sticker/stickers, antler/antlers, tree/trees, present/presents, star/stars.
Irregular plurals may include: snowman/snowmen, reindeer/reindeer, elf/elves
Subjective pronouns are words such as ‘I’, ‘he’, ‘she’ and ‘they’, and are used to identify the person who is the subject of the sentence. Objective pronouns are words such as ‘him’, ‘her’, ‘them’ and ‘me’ and indicate who the verb acts on. Christmas craft can be used to practice a range of subjective and objective pronouns, receptively and expressively.
Receptive: Give your child small toys or pictures and tell them who to give it to, e.g. “he wants the candy cane!” or “she wants the reindeer”.
Expressive: Use pictures of Santa and Mrs Claus to practice using his/hers. Have your child tell you which Christmas character a special toy or item belongs to, eg. “it is her christmas tree!”
Action Words (Verbs)
Using plastic cups and pictures of your child’s favourite Christmas character, make your own bowling set. This activity can be used to teach action words such as “throwing”, “rolling”, “hitting”, “falling” or “stacking”.
Don’t forget to talk about “wrapping” and “decorating” in the lead up to Christmas as well!
The possibilities for using Christmas craft to teach language concepts are endless! Get creative with your family and see what new and fun activities you can come up with.