Santa’s List for Speech & Language

Thank you to Ashley from Sweet Southern Speech for hosting this linky!Shopping for gifts for your kids can be fun, but also exhausting!  There are so many toys, games and books to choose from! How do you know which ones to get?

I tend to shop for gifts that my kids love, but also something that they can learn from.  This doesn’t mean getting them flash cards…it means being ‘sneaky’ and getting them something that they have fun with while learning!  Here are some of my favorite gifts that my 4 year old loves!
What Is It:
This is a giant jar of craft supplies!  If your child loves crafts, this is the perfect gift! It includes felt shapes, craft sticks, google eyes, buttons, spools, colored and textured papers, glue and much more!
Why She Likes It:
When my daughter received it for her birthday, she was ecstatic!  In the past month (since her birthday), she has made countless arts & crafts, used her imagination and of course learned a few things along the way.

What It Can Address:
Describing, Colors, Shapes, Sequencing, Following Directions & More! Here are some things that I do with her during ‘craft’ time.
1) I have her describe what she is making or what she made.  We talk about the colors, the sizes, the functions of the craft and what she likes about it.
2) I also have her follow directions to make something new or have her give me directions on how to make something.

What Is It:
Kids spin the spinner, pop a hamburger into the pig’s mouth, then pump his head. The more they pump, the more his belly grows until . . . pop!
Why She Likes/Wants It:
This is a gift that is on her ‘wishlist’.  She gets so excited when she sees this game on a commercial.  I can’t wait to give it to her and actually play it!

What It Can Address:
Articulation, Following Directions, Turn Taking, Conversations & More
Here’s how I plan on playing the game with her.
1) I will have her work on following directions and turn taking…she’s in preschool, so that is something that we are still working on 🙂
2) If your child is working on articulation, have them say their sound 5X before each turn.
What It Is:
Each page contains instructions on what to do.  The reader can press the dots, tilt the book, shake the pages and more!  As you turn the page, something new and exciting happens!
Why She Likes It:

My daughter thinks it’s so cool that she can ‘make’ the pages change if she correctly follows the directions.  We have read this book so many times, but we still laugh and have a blast with it!

What It Can Address:
 Following Directions, Reading, Vocabulary, Colors
Here’s what I do with my daughter while reading this book.

1) I don’t have to think…The directions are all there!  All I do is read the book and she automatically learns!

I hope this helps you with your holiday shopping list!  What some of your favorite gifts?

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  • Reply
    Ashley Rossi (Sweet Southern Speech)
    November 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Pop the Pig sounds hilarious! I will check that out for sure! Thanks for linking up!

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    Daria O'Brien
    November 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Love your ideas! Checking out a few for the kids on my list!

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    Renee Gannon
    November 25, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I LOVE Press Here. The excitement in my PK students is infectious when I read this book. I love how many language targets it hits and they just think they are having fun! Adding Pop the Pig to my list! Great suggestions.

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    Tamatha Cauckwell
    November 25, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I have Pop the Pig in my therapy room. The kids love it! I really need to check out Press here.

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    Collette Tovee
    November 25, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    "Press Here" is a great book. Pop goes Pig is also an amazing toy. The craft jar looks like the perfect toy for my niece. Thanks for the suggestions!

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