Thanksgiving Ideas for Language Activities

Thanksgiving break is just about here and there are some language-based ideas that you can try at home. Here are some themed activities/ideas that are easy to do while getting ready for the holiday.

  • Helping to set the table
    • Give directions containing spatial concepts such as “Put the fork next to the plate”
    • Give 2-step related directions (two steps that are related to each other) such as “Take the cup and put it on the table”
    • Give 2-step unrelated directions (two step that are not related to each other) such as “Put the cup on the table and the spoon next to the plate”
  • Read Thanksgiving themed books such as:
    • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
    • One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims
    • The Night Before Thanksgiving
    • Thank You, Thanksgiving
    • 10 Fat Turkeys
      • You can ask questions, label vocabulary, and identify vocabulary within these stories.
  • Labeling and Identifying (naming and pointing to) all the different food/categories you are making or eating
    • Meats (turkey, ham, chicken, etc.)
    • Vegetables (green beans, squash, corn, etc.)
    • Fruits (apples, cranberries, pumpkin, etc.)
    • Desserts (pumpkin pie, apple pie, cookies, etc.)

Speech Resource

A speech and language resource I find helpful is, the ASHA website. This website is a great source of information for speech language pathologists that is often used for certification purposes but also contains a great deal of information for parents. Within the site there are answers to frequently asked questions, lists of accredited professionals and support, resources and information on language acquisition, delays and disorders. The website also provides a chart detailing typical child speech-language development. A great tool for looking at your child’s speech/language milestones!