The Dollar Store is quickly becoming my go-to place for inexpensive social language materials. I found this pack of eggs with different expressions and immediately thought of my kids who are working on Theory of Mind (ToM) and reading nonverbals. Doesn’t everyone? NO?! Well,that’s where my speechie brain wandered that day 🙂
We brainstorm (or review) different feeling words and what it means to think about other people’s thoughts and feelings. It’s easy to get stuck at “happy/sad” but emotions go much deeper and wider than those fortunately! Now I know at least one of the kids will protest that eggs don’t have feelings and brains, much less faces. This is a great teachable moment to talk about using our imagination to wonder about things and it can be fun to do this! Thinking about what someone else might be feeling or thinking is a hard thing to do, especially for kids who struggle with ToM.
I have them pick an egg-spression (sorry, couldn’t help it) and then give them strips with two choices: a thought bubble and a heart. You can find a free, printable copy of the sheet below HERE.
I have the students make a guess and write down (or dictate to me) what the expression might be telling us as a feeling (angry, silly, shy,etc…) and what the egg might be thinking. I can extend the activity by cutting the sentence strips up and putting them in the eggs for the kids to check their guesses at another speech therapy session, or put them in the wrong eggs to see if the kids can identify if the thoughts and feelings match or not!
You can also read the thought/feeling strips aloud and see if the kids can match them to the correct egg/expression. If your students have enough language and you have the luxury of video in your session (hello camera phone!), have them create little videos about thoughts and feelings using the eggs as the actors. How much fun would it be to have them make a video about “egg-spected” vs. “un-eggspected” behavior?!
Any other ideas on how you would use these crazy eggs in speech? Share them!