Language Scavenger Hunt Using Expanding Expression Tool

With kiddos cooped up in the house, a scavenger hunt is a great way to get outside, or it can even be a fun inside activity.  A great way to engage your child and their language abilities is to incorporate the EET language visual.  You may have heard of EET – Expanding Expression Tool, a strategy designed by a speech-language pathologist.  It uses color-coded visuals to help children increase their vocabulary and language descriptions.  The EET, paired with a scavenger hunt, is a great way to practice vocabulary in a fun and exciting way! You can use the visual to guide you in developing a list of items for your child to find, or flip the script and let your kiddo call the scavenging shots!

Green = Group

Ask your child to locate items in a specific group or category.  For example, “find me something in the plant group”

Blue = Do

Ask your child to locate items with a specific function, action, or way in which we utilize the item.  For example, “find things that we use to eat”

Eye = Looks Like

Ask your child to locate items that match your description of size, shape color texture or distinctive features.  For example, “find something that is round”

Wood= Made of

Ask your child to locate items made of specific materials.  For example, “find me something that is made of metal”

Pink = Parts

Ask your child to locate items with specific parts or attachments.  For example, “find me something that has a lid”

White = Where

Ask your child to locate items in a specific place or location.  For example, “find something on top of the table”

? = What else do you know?

Ask your child to further describe the object!  Share personal stories, compare/contrast items, or elaborate in other categories.