I spy with my little eye

I spy a learning opportunity! I grew up playing eye spy on family road trips.  You know the game.  The “spy” says, “I spy with my little eye something…” and then describes it.  The other player has to guess what the item is. I love this game and play it a lot in speech sessions.  It is a great game to address carryover of S blends, S, listening, TH, and L sounds.  The game also addresses language skills such as asking for clarification, classification, attention, turn taking, describing, and reasoning. The game is so popular that it has led to some books and games that I really like.  Check out these products and spy some learning! I Spy Preschool   Players match riddles with pictures, interlocking pairs ensure only the correct matches are possible. I Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles This  book features riddles that send you searching through 13

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We all scream for ice cream!

It’s hot out there so scoop up these cool toys for some fun. These sets are great to teach sharing and politeness.  There is a lot of vocabulary to learn:  flavors, scoops, strawberry, cone, and cup.  You can talk about your child’s play focusing on school readiness concepts like location words, number terms, and sizes.  And, if you want to speed up the ordering at the ice cream parlor, then pretend to have an ice cream parlor in your living room. Here are the ice cream sets that I enjoy using in therapy.  The kids love them, too! Small World Living Toys delivers the fun, again.  This plastic set includes 5 scoops of ice cream, 2 cones, 2 cups, and an ice cream scoop. Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones is sturdy and includes 8 brightly colored scoops, 2 cones, and easily wipes clean. Melissa & Doug Ice Cream Scoop Set

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Happy birthday from Karen Katz

It’s Baby’s birthday, but where is his cake?  Karen Katz brings us another great book:  Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake? This book makes learning like a party…FUN!  Kids love lifting the  flaps to find Baby’s birthday cake.  They want to hear the simple repetitive lines again and again. Use this book to address: requesting to “open” each flap asking “where” questions learning to sing happy birthday increasing vocabulary what to expect at a party

Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

Hello, reader! Did you love Hello, Animals!?  Do you want more?  Then check out Hello Bugs! This board book follows the same format as Hello, Animals! It has great black and white illustrations of adorable bugs.   The words are simple, repetitive lines:  ”Hello, bug”.  Each page also lists sounds related to the bugs. Kids love naming the animals, saying hello,  and imitating the sounds.  This will be another favorite!  

Mad Libs

  Having trouble getting your kids to sit down and do school work this summer?  Of course, kids don’t want to work in the summer.  Summer is about having fun.  Bring back the FUN with Mad Libs! I’m sure that you remember these from your youth.  Fill in the blanks with nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, then let the silliness ensue!  Reading these silly stories still makes me chuckle.  Kids can’t get enough and will spend hours learning.  Oh, I mean having fun!

Melissa and Doug Tow Truck Magnetic Puzzle Game

What? Cheering for a tow truck? Yes! I know. Sounds crazy, right? I live in Chicago, and typically, tow trucks are not much fun. It usually means that you missed a No Parking sign. Not this time!

Little boys love this puzzle game. They can’t get enough of the car crashes and want to help!

Hello, Animals! by Smriti Prasadam

Hello, reader! Hello, Animals! This board book has great black and white illustrations with shinny splashes.  The words are simple, repetitive lines:  “Hello, animal!”.  Each page also lists sounds related to the animal. This book is great for young children since they can say “hi” to all of the animals.  Kids also love naming the animals and imitating their sounds.  This will be a favorite!  

Happy Birthday from Melissa and Doug

Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday from Melissa and Doug. Happy birthday to you!! Every day is a party with this delicious toy.  In fact, this is my most popular toy.  My clients request it again and again.  Each time we use it, we find new and creative ways to celebrate. I use this toy to work on making requests, describing, following directions, and asking and answering questions.  Children love to decorate, cut, and serve the cake.  What great verbs…don’t forget to work on those! Since all children love birthday parties, you will be using the toy for years to come.

Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs? By Karen Katz

In this book, baby needs to find the Easter eggs. Your child needs to help!

Karen Katz brings us another great book for the Easter season: “Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs?” The repetitive lines of the story are great for teaching sentence structure, questions, yes and no responses, and spring vocabulary.

Moo, Baa, La La La By: Sandra Boynton

Moo, Baa, La La La By: Sandra Boynton is fantastic.  In fact, I LOVE this book!  Kids love it, too. It is one of the books that I always take to my first therapy sessions.  Yes, it is simple.  That is what makes it great!  It promotes interaction.  It allows the child to “read” with you by saying the animal sounds.  It is a great way to work on turn taking. I like to use it with early communicators.  The animal sounds are easier than words.  Children want to read it over and over.  They experience success and get a lot of practice. Pick up a copy.  I bet it will become a favorite.

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