With March, comes that sneaky little leprechaun who loves playing tricks. Lucky for us, building leprechaun traps can be a great way to target language! First, you can brainstorm with your child what materials you will need to build a trap. Anything around the house will work: straws, toilet paper rolls, Popsicle sticks, napkins, yarn or even cups. By using tape or glue, you can work together to engineer a creative trap that is sure to capture that tricky leprechaun. While you are constructing your trap, describe what you think the leprechaun is like (sneaky, little, tiny, quick) and what he will need to do to get through your trap (climb, crawl, roll, slide). Make predictions about what you think is going to happen. Having your child follow directions containing prepositions (put the plate on top of the cup) while building the trap together works on both listening and language! Don’t forget to use sequencing words like first, then, next, and last. If you have multiple children, they can work together as a team to make a creative trap while working on social language skills through negotiation and compromise. As a bonus, this engineering task targets motor skills! When you are all done, have your child retell how they built the trap to other friends and family. Spending time with your child while fostering their creativity and language is better than any pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!
Kelsey Davis, M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf