We are a quarter of the way through 2019 already! Hard to believe how fast time flies…..especially when you are having fun. March ushers in a month of leprechauns and basketball and the strange time of year when it’s still not warm enough to go outside but staying inside isn’t the best option either. It’s that time of year when ideas and creativity to keep our loved ones engaged and busy don’t come as easy as they did a few weeks ago.
We have your back and hope our ideas spark new life into your family’s March schedule.
Introduce basic S.T.E.M. activities like making your own bubbles or making your own robot. Spending time to create opens the door for imagination as well as language. You don’t need to be a computer programmer to build your collection of S.T.E.M. activities.
- Idea #1: Build a Robot
- Collect different boxes, toilet paper tubes, plastic containers, etc.
- Grab a few rolls of tape and string or yarn
- Create a ‘problem’ that requires your loved ones to have to make a robot to ‘fix’ the problem. Problems like too many socks are getting lost in the wash or nobody knows when the garbage is full.
- This activity will work on helping your loved ones better understand directional and location concepts, follow directions, ask for help, name items, work with others, share, etc.
- Idea #2: Practice Continuing Patterns
- Collect different dried foods – pasta, beans, cereal, dried fruits
- Create patterns (basic to complex) and have your child continue the pattern
- Flip roles and see if you can continue the patterns
- This activity will work on helping your loved one with sequencing tasks, vocabulary, patterning, following directions, etc. – skills needed to master math and language goals.
- Idea #3: Build a Roller Coaster
- Collect paper tubes from toilet paper, paper towels, and wrapping paper, tape, and marbles or small toy cars.
- Explain to your love one you are going to create the next big roller coaster for the summer!
- Tape together some tubes, cut other in half and create a roller coaster to go in your cardboard amusement park!
- Use a marble or small toy car to test out your coaster!
- This activity will work on helping your loved one with shared attention, vocabulary, directional concepts, following directions, listening, taking turns, etc.
Your S.T.E.M. activities do not have to be complex or expensive. Play with some of these ideas and if you and your loved ones create a masterpiece, share it with us on Facebook!
Yours in Speech,
Lakeshore Speech Therapy, LLC