Most of us end up with a few pieces of Styrofoam from a new DVD player or something and, at least at my house, this sits in my garage for a while "in case I need to return the machine". Then it sits in my garage because I forget about it. Here is a good use for this Styrofoam:
- Buy or borrow some colored golf tees.
- Use a currently owned (or go to the Goodwill and get a) plastic hammer.
- Hammer the golf tees into the Styrofoam one at a time.
- While doing this, it is possible to also teach many language skills.
- Adult hands out the golf tees if you want language use or comprehension to be a part of the activity--otherwise, your child will simply pound the tees in quickly and without regard to anything you say.
Here are some examples of language skills or social behaviors that you could teach while using this activity:
- Your turn, my turn (or use names to identify whose turn it is and teach Turn-taking)
- Put in the red circle (teaching language comprehension for items drawn on Styrofoam. Draw shapes on the Styrofoam with your child or prior to starting)
- Do you want blue nail or red nail? (Teaching your child to make a verbal choice)
- What color should Mommy put in? (Teaching expressive use of color words)
- Put the red nail on X. ( Where X is a picture. Teaching receptive language for any word you can find a picture to depict. First cut out pictures depicting target words from magazine and nail these in to the Styrofoam).
- How many nails do you want? (Teaching How many question form)
- First put one nail in, then Sit on Potty, then put three nails in. (motivating child to sit on potty or use potty)
- Put your nail close to my nail...far away from my nail...on your side...on my side (teaching pronouns my/your)
- First put in red nail and then the green nail (Teaching following two part directions.)