At the Table: August

This month the table was all about word stringing and sunshine. John has made AMAZING language gains this summer and we are really pushing his use of phrases. This means thinking about how to include a language goal into every way we play.

Ice I Spy:

Eye Spy

We started our month outside (who could blame us?) with an Ice I Spy bin.

Our language goal was the phrase “I see a ______.”

This one is super simple and free to set up. I just collected plastic figures from around our house and frozen them in a big tupperware container.

In about 24 hours we were ready to play. I set my Ice I Spy bin up outside and sat with John to identify the objects inside. By adding droppers and brushes with warm water, we were able to melt the ice as we explored and collected the figures after stating “I see a_______.”

Simple, clean and fun!

Rubber Ducks:


Rubber DucksJohn is super into his pool, so this activity was to practice using a tiny pool skimmer, I am hoping will translate into scooping dirt and beetles out of his actual pool.Our language goal was the phrase “I caught a ____ duck.”

I filled a bin with water and rubber ducks. We took turns catching a duck in the skimmer, saying “I caught a ____ duck”, inserting the color.

Because this was a longer phrase I also made some visuals to help us practice.

Again, simple, clean and perfect for outside!

Pasta Stringing:


Pasta KnecklaceOur language goal was the phrase “My turn.”Our last bin was a throwback to a classic, pasta necklaces. Stringing is tricky for John so I knew I would be presenting a little bit of a challenge. I dyed the pasta using food coloring and rubbing alcohol, as says the Pinterest wizards! I find shoelaces are the perfect first beading string because the plastic tip is a really helpful support for little hands. Together we took turns putting one piece of pasta on at a time.

John liked this bin more than I anticipated. He took a lot of pride in making something he could wear and share.

John liked this bin more than I anticipated. He took a lot of pride in making something he could wear and share.