A Bounty of Easter Egg Ideas for Speech Therapy
Easter eggs provide a wonderful tool to use within Speech and Language sessions with children. They can be used not only during the holiday season, but after to make things more fun and festive. These days there are a large selection of Easter eggs that you can purchase with different characters and color scheme to use throughout the year.
Options for Egg Use and Hunting
Plastic eggs are a size where they can hold a variety of items that will work for different age levels. Depending on the desired goal, you can change what is inside the eggs. You could place photos/pictures, words, directions to follow, clues, or little prizes. In addition to this, you can color code eggs for each student. If one child is working on final |r| sound while another is working on |ch| words, you can accommodate the eggs for each. If there are not enough eggs in a specific color, use sticker dots on the eggs, and each child will be responsible for finding as many of their colored dot eggs.
Assign each child what they will be searching for within your area. To make to make it more fun, allow each child to have their own collection basket for their eggs. Set a timer and let everyone begin. When the time is up, have all of the children bring their eggs back to the group. Take turns opening the eggs and using each item/word/phrase in a sentence or follow whatever instructions are inside the egg. Cap off the fun by awarding small prizes for each egg goal that was completed.
More Egg-straneous Activities
The plastic eggs may also be used to work on some other speech and language goals. If you do not have time for a hunt, you can have pairs of opposites or rhyming words within the eggs. Kids take turns picking an egg within a basket to locate the match. If a match is not made, the next person takes their turn. To help younger children, you may put stickers on the outside so it become a memory matching game, or mix up egg colors to make unique combinations that will assist the process. In addition to this, more ideas would include synonyms, verb tenses, and vocabulary. When a match is made, they may use the words in a sentence to earn a sticker or reward.
Share the Easter egg ideas with the families you are working with. Send lists of words that each child is working on so they can make their own hunts or games to play at home. Be sure to give word lists in the language spoken at home to help all of the multilingual speakers to be more comfortable participating in the activity.