Purpose: Create a language-rich environment by providing visual supports and Aided Language Input during snacktime. Model sentence generation, and encourage students to expand their MLU to make requests and comments. Target emergent math skills by having students indicate "How many?", and demonstrate 1-to-1 correspondence by placing a pretzel/fruit snack/etc on each number up to the number requested. A talking placemat requires a sabotaged environment where communication is the expectation. Snack items are withheld until students use their language to make requests, comment or otherwise engage.
To use: Laminate snackmats or place them in a page protector. Laminate snack choices. Place a strip of soft Velcro across the top of each placemat and in the empty spaces next to "eat" and "drink". Add scratchy Velcro to the back of the food and drink choices. Place the available choices across the top. Students select their preferences to complete the "eat" and "drink" phrases.