Using balloons to teach first words

Balloons are a piece of kit that is always in my therapy bag. They are a really fun activity that captures attention and creates a motivating opportunity for children to practise some key words.

With this activity, we’re modelling phrases like “Blow it up” “Ready, steady, go!”, ‘Where’s the balloon?” and some key words like “Again!”

As children become familiar with the routine of this balloon play, we can start to extend it by creating options: “Shall we let it go over there or over there?” “Shall we make big or small?” “Shall we make it loud or quiet?”

This is a simple way to make balloons a fun interactive activity for the two of you to play together whilst building attention and practising some key words. I hope you have fun trying it out!

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