Free Speech and language Activities
We hope you will enjoy this year’s selection of Festive Freebies – speech and language activities for you to dip in and out of. A flexible feast of treats to download and print as and when it suits you.
They are standalone activities but link to our Early Soundplay series of books so you have the opportunity to expand the activities further if the children are familiar with the characters and their stories.
Tess and Bess get dressed for a day of fun in the snow – what do they wear?
Twelve mini pictures from Tess and Bess in the Snow can be used for a variety of simple language activities, including sequencing, lotto and pairs games.
These activities give the children lots of oportunities to hear and practise saying ‘s’ blend words.
This simple colouring activity is great for developing listening, understanding and talking. It also helps to reinforce vocabulary, for example items of clothing and colours, with opportunities to hear and practise using the words.
Share the Tess and Bess Colouring Activity sheet or print two copies and have one each. Talk about and then colour the picture taking it in turns to tell each other what to do.
Christmas themed objects hidden in a picture such as Find Clarabelle’s Baubles (or real ones for a treasure hunt) provide opportunities for modelling and reinforcing ‘Wh?’ words – “Where are the puffins? Who is wearing Clarabelle’s scarf?”
Talking about the composite picture based on Clarabelle’s Scarf gives lots of opportunities for children to hear and practise saying words with the sound target ‘f’.
Jake the snake loves baking cakes! And cooking is fun and great for language development! Baking creates opportunities to ask and answer questions, follow instructions and learn a sequence of events.
Make Jake’s crispy cakes is a lovely activity for encouraging talking – relaxed chatter about what you’re doing, seeing, smelling, tasting and what comes next.
Children learn new vocabulary in context – they hear and use these words in a hands on situation. Lots of /k/ words to hear and practise too!
We’ve included some Christmas themed rhymes such as Five Christmas Puddings (with a Christmas pudding lolly stick puppet to bring the rhyme to life) that link directly to at least one of the activities.
We hope you enjoy these Christmas Freebies and more!