Handprint Ice Cream Cone Craft
With the hot summer days here, there’s nothing better than cooling down with a sweet ice cream treat! This is a super fun and easy crafty idea!
Instructions: Paint your child’s hand and stamp it on a plain white piece of paper. If you prefer not to use paint, trace your child’s hand on a colorful piece of paper and cut it out. Let it dry and then cut around it. Cut the ice cream cones out of brown paper and glue the hand print upside down. Cut small hearts out of red paper for the “cherry” on top.
Therapy Practice: For practice with articulation skills, have your child produce a target sound, word, or sentence before completing each step. You can also have your child make up a story about ice cream in order to target carryover of sounds into spontaneous speech and to practice story telling skills in order to target expressive language. For social skills practice, role-play going to an ice cream shop and ordering ice cream. This activity is also good for working on fine motor skills with tracing, cutting straight and curved lines, and gluing.
Patriotic Star Wreath
The July is a great month to show off your patriotism and this craft will have your door looking very patriotic!
Instructions: You will need paper plates, red and blue paper, red, white, and blue ribbon, scissors, glue, and a hole punch. Begin by cutting out the center of the paper plate. Have your child follow the line around the center. Draw or trace red and blue stars on the paper. A star cookie cutter is easy to trace. Cut out each individual star. Glue the stars to the paper plate, alternating red and blue. Once all of the stars are glued onto the plate, use the ribbon to make a bow at the top of the wreath. Attach a piece of ribbon to the back of the plate to hang the wreath.
Therapy Practice: This is a great activity for following directions! You can easily practice concepts, such as “first, second, third, next, then.” Ex.- “First, cut out a hole in the middle of the plate. Then, cut out red and blue stars from the red and blue paper. Next, glue the stars on the paper.” If you are targeting articulation skills, write target words on the stars and have your child produce the word as he/she glues each star on the wreath. If your child is practicing at the sentence level, he/she can make up a sentence using the word. For older children, research information or stories about Independence Day and read it to your child or have him/her read the information out loud and then ask comprehension questions. This activity is also great for strengthening fine motor skills by cutting out shapes, gluing, and tying.
This is a fun and easy activity that does not require many steps!
Instructions: You will need: 5 pom-poms, clothes pins, googly eyes, and glue. Put glue onto your clothes pin and then place the pom-poms on it. Glue your googly eyes onto the first pom-pom and wait for it to dry.
Therapy Practice: For articulation practice, have your child repeat target sounds, words, or sentences before completing each step. This is also a great activity for enhancing language skills. Talk to your child about the process of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. This will open up many opportunities for vocabulary practice. Read the story The Hungry Caterpillar with your child and then have your child recall details of the story and retell the story to you. This activity is also great for practicing fine motor skills with grasping small pieces.
Easy Sand Cup
Summer snacks can be fun and delicious!
Ingredients: Jello vanilla or chocolate pudding cup, 1 square Graham Cracker, 3 bear shaped honey graham snacks, 2 ring shaped chewy fruit snacks.
Instructions: Top the Jello pudding cup with graham cracker crumbs for the sand. Decorate with teddy graham snacks and fruit snacks. This is a great way to work on feeding with children with limited diets. You may add some non-preferred foods into the pudding cup, such as fruits. Your child can also dip non-preferred foods into the pudding cup and lick the pudding off or take a bite. Have fun and be creative with the types of food you add, making feeding fun!