Source - talkingkids.org
I’m a huge fan of using simple activities for working on speech and language. Simple, because I’m a working mom with lots on her plate who just doesn’t have time for planning for and buying materials for more complex crafts and activities - either at home or at work. And activities, because speech and language are best promoted inside activities that are meaningful and motivating to children!
I recently came across an interesting simple activity on Pinterest: Hidden Colors. Thanks to Busy Toddler for this idea! Hidden Colors is super simple because it contains exactly three ingredients: baking soda, vinegar and food coloring. Easy peasy! I've since used this activity to entertain my own daughter and to work on building speech and language during my speech-language sessions with preschoolers.
Hidden Colors involves a slight twist on the classic baking soda and vinegar volcanoes. Instead of building a volcano and making it explode, baking soda is sprinkled into the cups of a muffin tin. Before sprinkling the baking soda into the cups, though, drops of food coloring are hidden underneath the baking soda. Then, when your kiddo pours vinegar into the cup, it not only fizzes and foams (which is fun in and of itself), but a color is revealed. Super simple, as promised, and super fun!
The key to success with this activity lies in making sure you don’t use very much baking soda in the cup of the muffin tin. The first time my daughter and I tried this, I dumped way too much baking soda in the cup and it really didn’t do much except for fizz - no color at all. The second time around, I put 3-4 drops of food coloring in each muffin tin and poured in just enough baking soda to cover the food coloring. Lots of color this time around!
So how would you use this activity for promoting speech and language? In lots of ways! - READ MORE -