Top 5 Tips for Playing With Purpose Using Sidewalk Chalk:1. Draw a target and practice speech sounds. I got this idea and frankly the inspiration for this week’s blog post, from Sarah Lockhart, MS, CCC-SLP in Ashland, OR. Use your sidewalk chalk to draw a target or bullseye on the pavement. I drew mine with four circles. Inside the smallest circle I wrote 10, then 5, then 2 and a 1 in the largest, outer ring. Next, have your kiddo stand back and throw a ball, rock, coin, etc. at the target. If the rock lands in the ‘2’ circle then the child will say their sound two times. Adjust this for whatever level your child is at–word, phrases, sentences. 2. Play hopscotch and practice speech sounds. This is a variation on the tip from above and another great use of sidewalk chalk. Start by drawing a hopscotch board on the pavement. (FYI, if it’s rainy or not great outdoor weather where you are then you can do this inside with masking or painters tape on your floor.) Then use your sidewalk chalk to draw pictures of words that include your child’s target sound, write individual words, or write numbers in each space. Drawing pictures is an excellent way to use this activity for young children who are not reading. I write words for my older clients so they can read, and then even use their target word in a phrase or sentence. Both reading the words without a model and then formulating a sentence is an extra level of complexity that is a strategy to use with kids who are working on carryover. If you’re like me and have forgotten how to play hopscotch, then read this from Playing With Words 365.
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