Present Tense Playtime – Home Based Speech Therapy Activity

By Wellness Hub

Last Updated: May 24, 2024

Step into the world of Present Tense Playtime,” an invigorating and educational activity designed to acquaint your child with the concept of using present tense verbs. Crafted for children aged 3 to 4, including those with developmental disparities or special needs, this activity aims to enrich verbal skills in an engaging and interactive manner.

Setting the Stage:

Create a cozy and captivating space brimming with a diverse array of props or toys conducive to action-oriented play. From balls to dolls to toy vehicles, assemble an assortment of items to inspire movement and exploration.

1. Identifying and Demonstrating Verbs:

Commence by illustrating simple actions using the available toys. Roll a ball and vocalize, ‘I roll the ball.’ Encourage your child to emulate the action and articulate it using a present tense verb.

2. Interactive Verb Games:

Elevate the engagement level with an interactive verb game. Perform an action and prompt your child to discern the corresponding verb. Alternatively, verbalize a verb and challenge your child to enact the associated action.

3. Daily Routine Verbs:

Integrate present tense verbs seamlessly into daily routines. Whether during mealtime, playtime, or cleanup, incorporate sentences like ‘I eat,’ ‘I play,’ or ‘I clean,’ encouraging your child to mirror these actions.

Addressing Potential Concerns:

Difficulty Using Present Tense Verbs

If your child encounters challenges, simplify actions and verbs. Employ clear demonstrations and repetition to reinforce learning.

Limited Engagement or Attention

Sustain engagement by leveraging your child’s favorite toys or activities. Keep sessions brief and dynamic to maintain interest.

Mixing Up Tenses

In instances of tense confusion, gently correct your child while demonstrating the proper present tense form. Utilize visual aids or actions to solidify understanding.

Objective of the Activity:

“Present Tense Playtime” endeavors to refine your child’s comprehension and utilization of present tense verbs, thereby enhancing grammatical proficiency and language development.

Closing and Additional Tips:

Applaud your child’s endeavors in employing present tense verbs. Consistently exemplify correct verb usage in everyday discourse. Relish this spirited journey into the realm of verbs together, nurturing a profound appreciation for language!

About the Author:

Rajini Darugupally

M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist (9+ years of experience)

Rajini is a passionate and dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist with over 9+ years of experience, specializing in both developmental speech and language disorders in children and rehabilitation in adults. Driven by a desire to empower each individual to find their voice, Rajini brings a wealth of experience and a warm, genuine approach to therapy.

Currently, at Wellness Hub, she thrives in a team environment that values innovation, compassion, and achieving results for their clients.

Connect with Rajini to learn more about how she can help you or your loved one find their voice.

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