Teach your toddler new words and concepts using sweet treats. Your toddler will love this candy speech activity idea from our Member of the Month, Rebecca.
Rebecca, our Member of the Month, pulls double duty with activities. Not only is she a hands-on mom to identical twin girls, but she also helps her speech-language clients.
Working with young children through her SLP practice, Rebecca is always on the hunt for fun and educational activities.
The Activity Room® helps her to meet the needs to her clients, and her twin six-year-old girls.
“We were doing the same activities over and over again,” shares Rebecca. “With The Activity Room®, we always have new ideas!”
Plus, coming up with all those activities every day, on your own, is hard. For someone who is self-described as “not creative,” it can be a real struggle.
“My biggest struggle with doing activities is that I am not the most creative person,” explains Rebecca. “I need a little help to come up with activities. It makes me feel not quite as creative as the other moms.”
Rebecca loves thinking about the time she was able to spend one-on-one with her mother. The Activity Room® allows her to create those same special moments with her own girls.
“I am one of those moms that I just want to be hands-on with my children,” Rebecca shares. “I feel that doing activities with them will give them that one on one time that they’ll remember.”
Rebecca balances her hands-on activities with a full-time job. It’s super busy, but she totally values creating this space to connect with her twins.
“Schedule it out,” recommends Rebecca. “You have to make time for your children while you have a full-time job. You need to schedule everything from doctor’s appointments to work to activities with your children.”
She loves checking out the Bonus Week Activities!
“It’s almost like one of those infomercials,” Rebecca jokes. “‘But wait…there’s more!'”
Rebecca also spreads the word about Hands On As We Grow® through her blog and business.
“I’ve recommended The Activity Room® to several parents who follow my toddler speech and language blog as well as personal friends looking for ways to keep their own children busy outside of electronic devices and televisions.”
Let’s Meet Rebecca
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
I have identical twin girls, age 6
How long have you been in The Activity Room®?
What is your favorite activity you’ve done in The Activity Room®?
Cushion obstacle course
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you get a few moments?
Go to local playgrounds
What’s your best tip for doing activities with your kids?
Talk, talk, talk to your children to build speech and language skills!
If you were to tell a friend about The Activity Room®, what would you say to them?
Before The Activity Room®, I struggled with finding activities that I could adapt for my toddler speech therapy clients, as well as activities for my own children.
Now with The Activity Room®, I have hundreds of activities at my fingertips.
Share your favorite quote
“Children don’t need more things. The best toys a child can have is a parent who gets down on the floor and plays with them.” ~ Anonymous
Work on Toddler Talk with a Fun Candy Speech Activity
Every toddler loves candy! Use a sweet treat to work on speaking skills and concepts with your toddlers.
Try these fun suggestions for a candy speech activity to do with your little one:
- Let your child pretend to feed a doll or stuffed animal. Have your child imitate the word “eat.”
- Help your child put the candy in a cup. Let him/her imitate the word “in.”
- Sort the candy by colors and repeat the names of the colors.
- Allow your child to eat a piece of the candy. Talk with him/her about the taste, smell, texture, etc. This is a sensory activity that helps wake up the mouth as well as strengthen the mouth muscles while chewing.
Connecting a yummy candy treat to a new word or concept is so much fun! Plus, it’s a great reward for all of their hard work.