Young children learn through to play and doing simple science experiments in speech therapy teaches just that. One thing we can do to develop communication skills is to encourage inquiry and capture that curious spirit that young children are inherently born with. Commit to being an investigator with your students and develop your speech and language skills as you play!
It’s winter, which is always a fun time to incorporate water and ice into your students’ sensory activities in speech. I love doing a lot of these simple science experiments for speech therapy at home with my little one too! (Especially on snowy days!) Here are some ideas for simple science experiments for speech therapy through water surveys.
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- Rainbow of sweets
Take a plate and add rainbow candies (like Skittles) around the outside of the plate in a circle. When you pour lukewarm water on the plate, the sugar and food coloring dissolve in the water and create a rainbow! Look how pretty it is! Students are always amazed!
You can either pour the lukewarm water with a cup or pitcher, or have students use liquid dropper to make the activity last a little longer and also to work on fine motor skills!
Target vocabulary: rainbow, dissolve, water, candy, equipment, front
- Bubble foam
This one gets a little complicated but it’s so much fun and the bubble long lasting
the foam is worth it! Mix ½ cup of water and 2 tablespoons of teardrop
bubble bath. Mix with a hand mixer, blender or stand mixer until stiff peaks form
shape as if you were making whipped cream!
Target vocabulary: water, bubble bath, bubbles, foam, wet, squishy,
- Scoop + Transfer
This game idea is super simple yet super engaging for students! Get a large plastic container (try your larger food storage container) and several smaller ones that fit inside. Small containers can be cups or bowls! Take a few spoons (this set is my favorite), spoons or ladles to use as well. Give them some ice cream and watch the students get involved in this simple and hands-on science experiment.
Target vocabulary: pick up, empty, pour, splash, mix
- Sparkling ice cream
To make sparkling ice cubes, combine baking soda (1 cup) and water (½ cup). Pour into ice cube trays or small food containers and freeze. Prepare a small dish of vinegar. Gather measuring spoons or liquid dropper to play.
Target vocabulary: drip, sparkling, smell, change, reaction
You can get the whole Water Survey Documents on Play-Based Learning for a total of 11 simple science experiment ideas for speech therapy. On each document, there are ideas for a speaking activity, a language activity and a conceptual focus. Planning your speech therapy is already done for you! Sit back and watch your students have fun, stay engaged and learn through hands-on games! I also like giving them to parents to use on weekends and snowy days or whenever they can have fun and interactive speech activities at home. Parents generally like them because they need very few items and these are usually things they may already have around the house. Plus, they’re easy to complete and help increase their child’s communication!
What is included:
-Letter from parent
-11 simple scientific ideas:
Rainbow of sweets
Scoop and transfer
Sparkling ice cream
Painting on ice
Keep it cold
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