Thursday September 22 is “Celebrate Rhinos Day”. We decided to check out what rhino activities we could incorporate into our speech/language sessions! Let’s start with the obvious: /r/ practice! If you are brave, you can say the full word and practice initial AND medial /r/. To turn it into a full lesson, use the book The Rhino Who Swallowed a Stormand make a rhino horn rhino horn. Art projects are always a fun way to incorporate articulation goals and target receptive language (following directions).
The book Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakeswould be fun to use during a feeding session or when addressing expressive or receptive language goals. If you have the means, bring in some pancake mix and get cooking! (A way to get around a lack of stove is to prepare the batter, pretend to cook, and then heat already prepared or frozen pancakes in the microwave!). Cooking activities can target many goals:
- Receptive language – “get the ___”
- Expressive language – “Tell me what you are doing”
- Recall – “how did we make the pancakes?”
- Feeding – cut into strips to work on biting; new tastes: dip into jelly/syrup/peanut butter/etc.
Happy Rhino Day!