Spring has sprung!

Spring is in the air and with lots of cheeping and chirping from Erica’s mischievous chicks we have developed a range of FREE ACTIVITIES for speech and language fun!

Our feast of chick themed cooking, colouring and action rhyme activities can be brought to life with lolly stick puppets. They’re designed to get your children talking!

Rhyme, rhythm and repetition are great for speech and language development! They also help build key skills for learning to read and spell.

We’ve put together some rhymes that are full of sound play and actions.

Lolly stick puppets can add to the interaction and fun too!

Cooking is a lovely activity for developing language skills – you can talk about what you are doing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and what comes next.

It gives you lots of opportunities for questions and answers and is ideal for developing turn taking skills too.

Making simple and delicious Chocolate Crispy Nests lets the children hear and practise saying the sounds ‘ch’ and ‘k’ too.

Colouring Erica and her chicks can be a shared activity or game that provides another great opportunity for talking.

Focus on it being fun – chicks don’t need to be yellow they can be coloured green and blue!

Either share the colouring picture or print one each. Talk about the picture and then take turns to give each other instructions, such as “Colour one chick blue.”

Stories with chicks are fun to share too and Erica’s chicks play a key role in the Early Soundplay stories Erica’s Chicks, Keelo’s Cookies, Shelley the Sheep and Clarabelle’s Scarf.

These stories are sound loaded with the speech sounds ‘k’, ‘ch’, ‘sh’ and ‘f’. Sharing and talking about these stories provides multiple opportunities for the children to hear and practise saying words with these sounds.

We hope this feast of FREE chick themed Rhymes, Activities and Resources will help you enjoy lots of chirpy chatter.

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