Young children learn through play and doing simple science experiments in Speech Therapy teaches just that. One thing we can do to build communication skills is to encourage investigation and capture that inquisitive spirit that young children are intrinsically born with. Commit to being an investigator with your students and build speech and language skills while you play!
It’s winter, which is always a fun time to incorporate water and ice into sensory activities for your speech students. I like to do many of these simple science experiments for speech therapy at home with my toddler as well! (Especially on snow days!) Here are some ideas for simple science experiments for Speech Therapy through water investigations.
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- Candy Rainbow
Take a plate and add rainbow candies (like Skittles) around the outside of the plate in a circle. When you pour warm water on the plate, the sugar and food coloring dissolve into the water and create a rainbow! Look how pretty! Students are always amazed!
You can either pour the warm water with a cup or pitcher or have students use liquid droppers to make the activity last a bit longer and also work on some fine motor skills!
Target Vocabulary: rainbow, dissolve, water, candy, equipment, before
- Bubble Foam
This one gets a bit messy but it’s so much fun and the long-lasting bubble
foam is worth it! Mix ½ cup of water and 2 tablespoons of tear -free
bubble bath. Mix with a hand mixer, blender or stand mixer until stiff peaks
form like you’re making whipped cream!
Target vocabulary: water, bubble bath, bubbles, foam, wet, squishy,
- Scoop + Transfer
This play idea is super simple but super engaging for students! Get one large plastic container (try your biggest food storage container) and several smaller ones that fit inside of it. The small containers could be cups or bowls! Grab a few scoops (this set is my favorite), spoons or ladles for them to use as well. Give them some ice and watch students be super engaged in this simple, hands-on science experiment.
Target vocabulary: scoop, dump, pour, splash, mix
- Fizzy Ice
To make fizzy ice cubes, mix baking soda (1 cup) and water (½ cup). Pour into ice cube trays or small food containers and freeze. Prepare a small dish of vinegar. Gather measuring spoons or liquid droppers to play.
Target vocabulary: drip, fizzy, smell, change, reaction
You can get the entire Learning Through Play Water Investigations Handouts for 11 total simple science experiment ideas for speech therapy. On each handout, there are ideas for a speech activity, language activity and concept focus. Your speech and language therapy planning is already done for you! Sit back and watch your students have fun, stay engaged and learn through hands-on play! I also like to give these to parents to use on weekends and snow days or whenever they can fit some fun, interactive speech activities in at home. Parents usually love them because they require very few items and it’s usually things they might already have at home. In addition, they are easy to complete and help increase their child’s communication!
-11 Simple Science Ideas:
Scoop & Transfer
Keep it Cold
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Other Winter Fun Ideas
Need more ideas for winter fun in Speech Therapy?
Check out more ideas on the blog including:
- Snowplow Sensory Fun
- 5 Winter Crafts for Speech Therapy
- Winter Animal Adaptation Books
- Winter Barrier Games
- Winter Lesson Plans + Bundles
- Winter Toys + Games for Speech and Language Therapy
- Winter Village
- Winter Expressive and Receptive Language
- The Snowy Day Activities
What kind of interactive or simple science experiments for speech therapy do you like to do with your students?!
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