We are sorry to be finishing up our Fun in the Sun sun activities a week late. However, our family decided to do a full trial run on this week’s activity last weekend so we weren’t able to post. But, here is it!
Please note that some camping related activities can be dangerous and need full adult supervision. Depending on what you choose to do, don’t leave those kiddos alone!
Camping is incredibly fun for young children. Sleeping somewhere new, eating cool foods, playing games and so much more. What’s not to love?? For a parent or speech therapist camping is chock full of amazing vocabulary ideas and language concepts! Remember…CAMPING IS AS SIMPLE OR AS INVOLVED AS YOU CHOOSE. This means you can set up a blanket fort in the living room, throw up a tent in the backyard, pack up and head to a local camp ground (as we did) or hike out into the mountains! No matter what level of complexity you choose there is a plethora of language and vocabulary skills to target as long as you take the time and patience to make your kids a part of the process.
Social Language: When planning for the trip talk about all the people that are coming and having enough provisions for everyone. Pack everyone’s clothes, food, activities, etc. Assign tasks to pairs that need to work together (putting up a tent is much easier with two people). Teach eye contact, pair planning, and effort from all to create success.
Articulation Sounds: Really you could target any sound necessary. With so much related vocabulary you could create a word list for any sound. Here are a few examples:
- /k/- camping, hike, cup, cooler, cover, clean, cozy, smoke, graham cracker
- /f/ - fire, fish, four, find, five, fill, fork, fix
- /t/- tent, two, time, tick, tongs, table, table cloth, tackle
- S blends- stick, stone, stomp, stand, spill, spit, spoon, sleep, snore, smore, smoke, sleeping bag
- Sizes: big, small, bigger, biggest, huge (talking about tents, blankets, bag, etc)
- Colors (talking about tents, blankets, bag, etc)
- Concepts: wet, dry, full, empty, cold, hot, heavy, light, big, little, asleep, awake, up, down
- Counting (clothes, food items, blankets, chairs)
- Prepositions: In, on, out, off, under, over (going in or around the tent, putting this up, taking things out of baskets and coolers)
- Verbs: cook, sleep, burn, fish, hike, run, walk, eat, climb, swim, play, drink
- Building phrases with words/sign (go + camping, in + tent, out + tent, sleep + tent)
- Categories: clothes, food, camping gear, animals, activities (hike, swim, playground, fire), toys (what you can/ can’t bring)
- Wh questions: Where is the ____ (food, camping gear, bag), Who’s _____ (sleeping bag, pillow, clothes) is
- Sequencing- making smores, making dinner, setting up the campsite, getting ready for bed
We hope you enjoyed our Fun in the Sun series of activities. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and be safe!