One of my favorite activities to do in therapy sessions, with children of all ages, is to go on a Sound Safari! Leaving the 4-walls of our office, and heading out into the building or outdoors helps children to start identifying sounds as you name objects/people/actions you see in the environment. This activity is a favorite of mine for targeting articulation awareness, early literacy and auditory skills.
So let's go on a virtual safari! Let's imagine that you are a child who is incorrectly producing the sound /s/. Let's say you have learned how to shape the sound, but are now having a difficult time realizing when the sound is present or not. It's time to head out of our speech-therapy room and go on a safari in search of the sound S. We head down the hallway and see: plants, a sign, and stairs! We head outside: sun, stop sign, sidewalk, and chips (at Dos Pinas). Each time we see one of these words we track it on our safari word sheet and practice saying the sound in the word, in a sentence, and when we get back to mom and dad, we tell them a story using our /s/ sound in the description of all the items we have found!
If we want to add in pre-literacy or literacy skills, our safari has us searching for "S", that we discover is just about everywhere in this building: Sound Speech and Hearing, Climb Real Estate, Eyes on You Optometry, etc. We made a task that can often be seen as mundane or repetitive for children, into a real life search party!
So the next time you are trying to find an activity to do with your child, try playing around with sounds - see how many objects/people/actions you can find in your environment that start with a specific letter.