Wood projects for kids: building language
When I was an intern SLP at the incredible Bank Street School for Children in NYC, I was always enamored with the school's wood building area for kids. I've carried the idea in my head for the past 12 years. And now we have our kid-friendly, real-deal wood working bench at Spark Speech Studio!
Safe, kid-friendly wood building is a fantastic language-generating activity. There's so much to talk about:
- location concepts (on top, next to, under, inside, back, front, etc.)
- characteristics (smooth, rough, sharp, straight, etc.)
- describing and narrative skills (explaining what they made or what they're going to make)
- sequencing and time concepts (first, next/then, finally/last)
And, don't worry, they won't be sawing or doing anything actually dangerous!
The engagement in this is, of course, amazing for many kids. Not to mention the sense of pride and accomplishment!