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.