Topic Maintenance Railroad Activity
Description: This activity is great for younger children who are having trouble with topic maintenance. For this activity, decide on a topic of conversation with the child. At first, choose topics he/she enjoys. As he/she becomes better at topic maintenance, you can begin to choose topics that interest him/her less. Show the child the train and remind him/her that each of the train cars represents what we say about that topic. If you say something that isn’t about the topic, then the train car falls off the track. Try to keep all of the train cars on the track. If the child is struggling, write what the child says above each train car and then discuss whether they are about the topic or not. See how many conversational turns the child can take before the train falls off the track. I like to say “Let’s see how long we can make our train!” You can use our topic maintenance train by clicking the link below or make your own!