Category Archives: Play

Storytime and Pretend Play with the Little Red Hen

Old stories and folk tales have been used to educate children for thousands of years, and we are still finding fun and creative ways to incorporate them into learning. This week at Building BLOCS, some of our groups have been reading the story of the Little Red Hen. This story is integrated into various parts of the day, from storytime to pretend play. During

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Talk to Me Baby: Starting in January at Building BLOCS

We’re so excited for our brand new class for both parents and kids, Talk to Me Baby! In this class, board-certified SLP Jennifer Grantham teaches simple ways to increase your child’s speech and language skills through books, music, motor games and toy play. It’s great for kids aged 18 months to 3 years of any developmental background. We know that you know your child best,

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Building Language with Communication Temptations

Some of the best tricks used by speech pathologists to promote language in young children are simple–entice a child with an exciting toy that they need assistance with, model language (1-2 word sentences), and WAIT. Waiting is key to give a child the opportunity to use the language they’re hearing. Watch Brandy modeling these strategies with some toys you’re sure to have at home.


Lemonade Stand

Here are a few photos from our lemonade stand this week. The kids did a great job mixing up two batches of lemonade–pink and regular–greeting, and helping the customers. It was a hot, sunny day–a perfect day for a lemonade!    


Three Little Pigs Recipe–Straw Houses

Our kids really love to help out in the kitchen. This recipe is perfect because it’s so simple–just a few ingredients and a few simple steps. It also ties in perfectly with our Three Little Pigs theme. We use the following simplified haystacks recipe: 1 cup peanut butter chips** 1 cup butterscotch chips 1/2 can chow mein noodles Melt the peanut butter and butterscotch

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Language Building Toys: Nesting Cups

Nesting cups are a common toy for people to have around the house.  Here, Brandy demonstrates a fun game that we like to play with them. This game can focus on so many things.  A few things include: Eye contact: Point or have a child point to the cup then wait for them to look up at you to nod, “yes” or shake your

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Playing at Home: Caterpillar Puppets

If your child is in early intervention with us, we’ve been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar this month.  Here’s a fun language extension to play at home. Using either a sock as a puppet or another item that you could pretend is a caterpillar, read the story.  Have the caterpillar pretend to eat the foods on each page, “yum yum yum.”  Don’t forget to get

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Pretend Play: Trick-or-Treating

Halloween brings opportunities for some amazing language and pretend play activities.  Pretending to go trick-or-treating with your child has the added benefit of making Halloween night a lot more predictable and fun for you and your child.  Here are some simple ideas to help you get started and enjoy some quality play time with your child.