My kids are both good talkers. I'm sure that it is partially because they were born with their brains wired that way, but my husband and I have also worked hard to get and keep them talking. We talk to them a lot, and encourage them to talk to us. Here are some of the talking games that we play with our kids that have helped with their language develpment.
Play these talking games while riding in the car, around the dinner table, or to pass the time while waiting at the doctors office!
Classic! "I spy with my little eye, something......". We use colors, sizes, textures, beginning letter sounds, or positional words to give clues. Then the kids ask questions or guess until they get it. This one is great for calming the silliness at the dinner table or for passing the time in the car.
Does it Fly or Does it Swim?
Pick any two verbs or any two characteristics and then name objects and have your children decide which category they belong to. Does it fly or does it swim? Does it have fur or feathers? Is it red or blue? Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Then name objects and let your kids tell you what category they belong to. For exampe, if we were playing "Does it fly or does it swim?" I would name bird, duck, fish, airplane, etc. and the girls would tell me whether or not each one flies or swims.
Name some ________________.
Take turns naming things. Name farm animals. Name things that are green. Name places you could go swimming. Name vegetables. Name things that fly. Name things that are round.
Pick several people you know and see if your children have a sense of their ages. I know that it's mostly abstract for them, but it provides opportunities to talk about people and their relationships with one another.
It doesn't take long for little ones to memorize nursery rhymes. Read them nursery rhymes, and then practice saying them together. I'll say a title or start the first line of one and let them finish. They love reciting them!
What's Your Favorite?
Kids love to tell you about their favorite things. Often at dinner we'll go around the table and name our favorite colors, foods, television shows, books, seasons, thing to wear, etc.
What other games do you play with your kids to encourage their language development? Tell me in the comments below!
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