Learn Through Play! Family Activities & Resources - Telethon Speech & Hearing

Learn Through Play! Family Activities & Resources

Welcome to our family activities page!

Here you will find lots of fun activity ideas for children of all ages to try at home.

For children, play is the best time for learning about themselves and the world around them. Following the Early Years Learning Framework, that centres around the child and learning through play, Telethon Speech & Hearing will provide a range of engaging and purposeful activities each week to help build your child’s skills in a number of developmental areas.

These activities and resources can be used by parents, carers and other family members at home.

You will be able to find them here and on our social media channels (FacebookInstagram). Be sure to check back often and share your photos and experiences with us @telethonspeechhearing!

Activity for the week

Remember to check back often for more fun activities and strategies to help support your child’s hearing, speech and language development at home!

Spraying Cup Towers

Help your child build cup towers and then spray them down!

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Best for children UNDER 5

This activity will help develop your child's:

Hand strength, spatial relations, emotional recognition and labelling.
Download the
Activity Sheet!

Nerf Phonics

Help your child learn different sounds by 'finding the phonics' with Nerf blasters! Mix things up by using a spray bottle or soft, bouncy ball!

LITERACY, LANGUAGE
Best for children 3+

This activity will help develop your child's:

Listening and understanding, reading, spelling, and motor skills.

Watch this video to understand how to play.
Download the
Phonics Cards!

More activities coming soon!

New activities and resources will be available very soon

More activities coming soon!

My Lockdown Diary

Draw and record your child's experience in 'lockdown' at home! By NZ artist, Stephen McCarthy.

LITERACY, LANGUAGE
Best for children 5+

This activity will help develop your child's:

Language and literacy building, social and emotional regulation, mental health and memorisation.

Links to external website.
Download and
Print at Home!

Ling Six Sound Check

An easy-to-use tool that checks how well children are hearing with their cochlear implant and/or hearing aid.

AUDIOLOGY
Best for children with hearing loss

This activity will help parents and carers:

Detect changes in the quality of a child’s hearing. This test should be completed at the start of each school day or therapy session and any time you suspect a child is not hearing as well as they normally do.
Download the Checklist!

Adjectives & Pronouns

This detailed activity worksheet focuses on building your child's vocabulary and speaking abilities through daily errands at home.

SPEECH, LANGUAGE
Best for children of ALL AGES

This activity will help develop your child's:

Expressive and receptive vocabulary, learn adjectives and learn pronouns.
Download the
Activity Sheet!

ABC Yoga

Discover basic yoga poses as you learn the alphabet! A fun family activity using simplified yoga poses to encourage movement, physical fitness and mental health.

Best for children ALL AGES

This activity will help develop your child's:

Muscle strength, gross motor skills, lower anxiety, self-regulation, build listening skills and concentration.
Try these poses along with videos by kids' yoga expert Teresa Power!
Download Poses
and Try at Home!

Mother's Day ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you want this year to be a little more special, then try some of these great ideas! Mother’s Day is about showing respect and gratitude towards your mum, grandparent, mum-to-be, mother figure or best friend, for making your life that much more precious and wonderful.

Flower Card for Mum

Use fruit and vegetables from your pantry to make a beautiful, floral card for the best mum ever!

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Best for children 2+

This activity will help develop your child's:

Messy play experimentation, understanding cause and effect, creativity and fine motor skills.
Download the
Activity Sheet!

High Tea Boxes

This Mother's Day, give Mum a gift that means just a little bit more!

Our friends at Function Concepts are selling delectable High Tea Boxes until this Thursday 4pm, with part proceeds going back to TSH!

ON SALE NOW!

The perfect gift to share with your mum, grandparent, mum-to-be or best friend. Gluten-free and nut-free options are available for loved ones with a delicate palate!
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Mother's Day Bingo

Can you help your mum have the BEST Mother's Day ever by filling out this entire BINGO card?

Colour or cross out each act of kindness as you complete them!

This activity will help develop your child's

Social and emotional understanding, experience happiness from giving, sharing and caring for others.
Download the
Activity Sheet!

ANZAC themed activities

Anzac Day is one of the most important national commemorative occasions in Australia, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand armed forces during World War One.

It’s hard to know just how much you should share with your children about the meaning of Anzac Day, which of course includes war and loss of life. At home, keep it simple, using language your child will understand. Start by explaining that Anzac Day is a time to remember all the soldiers who went out to fight for our country to make it a better place and to keep us safe and happy.

To help explain why poppies are worn as a symbol of remembrance: The poppy flower meaning came about because the field poppy, hardy yet delicate, was a common part of the landscape during the Great War. After heavy fighting, the land did not lend itself to growing much. In his famous poem, “In Flanders Fields,” Canadian doctor John McCrae wrote about this pretty red flower that grew over the graves of those who had given the ultimate sacrifice.

Please note, some of the activities link to external websites however we have tried our very best to make sure they are quick and engaging for your child to enjoy. 

Make a Poppy

Get crafty with your child and create your very own poppy field!

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Best for children 3+

This activity will help develop your child's:

Fine motor skills, creativity, comprehension and understanding instructions.
Download the
Activity Sheet!

#DrivewayAtDawn

Let’s stand together, when we can’t be together. Display ANZAC Day artwork in your windows, then on ANZAC Day join us in standing on your driveway at 6am to commemorate the ANZACs.
Best for ALL AGES

This activity will help develop your child's:

Social, emotional understanding and cognitive skills.

Collect artwork symbolising ANZAC Day from The West Australian.
Click Here To
Learn More!

Easter themed activities

Happy Easter everyone! We hope you are getting a chance to relax a little this long weekend. We’ve uploaded an eggs-tra special Easter-themed Learn and Play activities to enjoy with your child! Please note, some of the activities link to external websites however we have tried our very best to make sure they are quick, engaging and FREE for your child to enjoy.

Word Family Eggs

Use leftover plastic egg containers to play a mix-and-match game of words!

LITERACY, PHONICS
Best for children 4-8

This activity will help develop your child's:

Vocabulary, understanding of sight words, phonics and word families.

Links to external website.
Learn How To
Make Your Eggs!

Easter Egg Hunt
Board Game

Collect as many eggs as you can! Print and create your very own Easter themed board game.

LITERACY, LANGUAGE
Best for children 3+

This activity will help develop your child's:

Turn taking, imagination, understanding of rules and problem-solving skills.

Links to external website.
Download and
Print at Home!

Painting Pebbles

Want an alternative to chocolate eggs this Easter? Draw or paint on pebbles, then have fun hunting for them in your garden!

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Best for children 2+

This activity will help develop your child's:

Fine motor skills, colours, creativity and number counting.

Links to external website.
Click Here To
Read Instructions!

Supporting your child at home

Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of teaching your child at home? Don’t worry, you’re not expected to do it alone! TSH’s teletherapy services allow families who have children with hearing, speech, language and literacy challenges to continue to receive ongoing support from our specialist team of allied health professionals while at home. Your child can receive support for Speech Pathology, Auditory-Verbal Therapy, Audiology, Occupational Therapy and Psychology. No referral is needed.

Read more about how to access our teletherapy services from home or request an appointment with us to get started today.

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