Car rides don’t have to be spent in silence, bickering or even as a time killer… they can be turned into a fun and educational activity!
5 Speech and Language Activities For The Car:
- 20 questions: Have your child choose a person, place, or thing in their mind. As their partner, ask questions involving salient features to identify what they are thinking of: what does it look like (shape, color, size), where can I find it, what is it used for, what category does it belong to? The idea is to figure out the mystery in 20 questions or less. This is a great activity to boost vocabulary and encourage your child to identify the salient features of common nouns.
- Categories: Think of a category and have your child find 3 items that belong to that category. For example, types of fast food restaurants, something red, or something circular are all easy to find outside. Switch roles and have your child think of the category. This game promotes organization skills by encouraging your child to group vocabulary together.
- The Alphabet Game: Starting with “a” and keeping in sequential order, look for items outside that begin with the letters of the alphabet. This can be played as or team or against one another. The first one to get all the way to “z” is the winner! The alphabet game is an easy word retrieval game with the context right in front of your child.
- Talk Time: Talk about your day! If it is after school, have your child tell your 3 activities they did throughout the day. Have him/her provide specific information. For example, if he/she shares “I went to recess,” ask them what they did or who they played with. Encourage your child to share these activities in the order that they occurred. If talking before school, encourage your child to share 3 activities that he/she knows will occur throughout the day.
- Speech sound practice: Have your child look out the window and find items that contain a speech sound they may target in therapy. For example, if targeting the /s/ sound, your child may see signs, stoplight, stores, or a school bus. Have your child repeat the target word 3 times and then place it in a sentence.