The Pumpkin Post!
All through September at our school we talked about apples:
red ones, yellow ones, green ones, little ones, big ones and everything in
between! Now that October is upon us and Halloween is just two weeks away, it
is time for our next topic of ... pumpkins! The teachers are talking all about those
happy round orange friends we see every year at this time and the many things
we can do with them: we carve them, scoop them, light them up, paint them,
weigh them, roll them and the list goes on and on!
As the speech therapist, I have been busy developing new
ways to incorporate the topic of pumpkins into my therapy sessions. In
addition, I am helping to provide various pictures and communication tools to
support this topic in the classroom.
Here are just a few fun pumpkin-based activities that can
easily be used in preschool (and even some homecare!) therapy sessions:
- Pass the Pumpkin This is a group activity lesson based upon
the same concept as "hot potato" only you are using a small pumpkin that the children can pass around a circle as
they listen to music. We did this activity this past week with a group of children
who are learning how to answer yes/no questions, use one to two words independently
and follow simple one to two step directions.
It was really pumpkin perfect! When the music would stop, I would prompt
them by saying, "Does (child's name) have the pumpkin?" (I would choose
two to three children who did not
have the pumpkin) and the children would need to say, "Noooo!" to each
one. Then I would say "Who has the pumpkin?" giving the child holding it
the opportunity to say "I do!" or "Me!" and giving the other children the
opportunity to point to and name the child holding the pumpkin.
It was a great activity for children who have much difficulty using
independent and spontaneous speech. Also, the process of "passing the
pumpkin to your neighbor" was really good practice for the children who
have trouble with social skills and interacting with peers. In addition,
they would need to stop every time the music stopped, which was good
practice for little ones who are learning to follow directions.
- Pumpkin Progression With one of my older groups, we talked about
the size of the pumpkins -- small, medium and large. We practiced the
skill of describing ("I picked
a small pumpkin") and we needed to sort and categorize fall and Halloween
related pictures and objects by size.
We used three actual pumpkins and pine cones to demonstrate the difference
in sizes. Then the children picked pictures out of a plastic pumpkin,
which included images of small, medium and large bats, owls, cats, ghosts
and so on. Using the actual pumpkins was a great way to teach the concept
using relevant curriculum material!
Join me next week for more pumpkin related speech and
language activities! Are there any you can share with us on the blog?