Speech Newsletter

It has been a pleasure to work with all the children at The Rise School this fall semester.  The children are learning and growing each day.  Here is a fun activity that could be done with your child over break in order to continue helping your children make progress with their speech and language development.

Making Play-Dough

¼ cup salt
1 cup flour
¼ cup water


  1. Have your child mix the flour and salt in the bowl and then add water.  Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency.  You may need to add water. You can add food coloring for fun colors!
  2. After you have made the play-dough, play with it. Get creative based on your child’s level of play development.  Some children may touch, poke, and pull the play-dough while other may use cookie cutters and other tools.  Pretend to bake cookies, make snakes, or make caterpillars.  Or, hide beads in the playdough and go for a treasure hunt. 
  3. Model simple language that matches your child’s language level. Follow the “one-up rule” where you use the same language as your child, adding one word to always encourage a little bit more language. Model a variety of words for ingredients, descriptive words (e.g. color, shape, size), and actions (e.g. smash, poke, roll). 
  4. Have fun!  Let me know if you have any questions!


Max Masnick