Hand Puppets

hand puppets

Encourage language by singing songs that are repetitive. Old MacDonald is my go-to song!! These hand puppets will also help with motor and social skills.

Here are some ways to target each skill:

  • Language : Have your kiddo identify and label each animal. Have them imitate animal sounds. Leave phrases out while singing and have your kiddo fill them in.
  • Motor : Model for your kiddo how to use their fingers to move the puppet’s hands. Move one hand at a time. Move them both together.
  • Social : Have each animal interact with each other and say something about themself. For example, the horse can say, “I’m brown. I eat apples.”

Have fun playing!!


Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

Made some today for a family.

This week we will be working on requesting for desired items.

Starting off very simple. I have to teach my kiddo and his parents how to use PECS first. Once they’ve mastered these 2 pictures, we will add some more.


4th of July Bracelets

Making bracelets is a great short activity to teach several things: patterns, language, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor.

I use physical prompts to show my kiddo what the sequence is. I also lay out a visual prompt of what color comes next.

He knows how to string the beads independently, if he didn’t, I would physically prompt through that as well.


Here is the end result. I’m so proud that he even left it on his hand!!

manners aren’t that important

Parents love to teach their kids manners, but for a child that has a language delay, saying Please and Thank You is the last thing you should worry about. When a child is learning to put 2 words together, “(noun) please” does not count!

Instead, try using a (verb+noun) or (adjective+noun) when requesting and/or labeling.
“eat banana.”
“play ball.”
“read book.”
“drink juice.”
“blue blanket.”
“big puzzle.”

You want to introduce more  words into your child’s vocabulary. Saying “Please” at the end of each word isn’t teaching them new words. Once your child has mastered requesting and labeling independently using 3-4 word phrases, then it’s ok to introduce manners.