Incorporating water into speech therapy can either result in great fun, a great mess, or both! I have one favorite water activity that I save for days in which I'm feeling extra adventurous. It involves water and...cars!
These are not just any cars...are "magic" cars (as my students call them). They change color with hot and cold water.
My students love watching the cars change color and playing in the water. I love that we get a TON of language practice. The basic set up includes a cup of ice water, a cup of hot water (not too hot, though), the cars, and I also have paintbrushes available. Students change the color of the cars by dipping them into the cups of water, or by painting them with the paintbrush dipped in either hot or cold water.
As they play, we work on requesting (they request hot/cold water, a particular car, a paper towel, etc.), adjectives and opposites (wet/dry, hot/cold, full/empty, etc.), colors, basic sentence structure, vocabulary, and even some articulation!
For students who need extra visual support, I use communication boards with pictures of cars, colors, and visuals for hot/cold, etc.
These cars are so much fun, but it does require a little bit planning/prep. Here are my suggestions for a successful color changing car water session:
*Allow for time to prepare cups of hot/cold water. I like to include my students in this process, but you could also have it ready to go when the session begins.
*Clear the table because spills are difficult to avoid.
*Have paper towels handy for quick clean up.
*Plan your language targets and model correct forms while the students play.
*The water temperatures don't stay hot/cold for very long, so don't expect it to last an entire session unless you have additional ice and a way to heat the water in your room.
*Have visuals ready for students who may need them.
*Be ready for fun and excitement!
This is such a fun way to incorporate water play into therapy. For more great water play ideas, head over to Speech2Me and check out the other blogs that have linked up with The Frenzied SLPs.