Play isvery importantfor children’s language development.
I went to the shop and I bought . . . . . .
Print a picture for your child and call out instructions that they must follow e.g colour the clown’s hair orange/draw a bone beside the dog, etc
Lego: you call out colours and your child makes a tower
Rhyme and Alliteration:
Practice nursery rhymes with your child: say the rhyme, clap the beat, mix up words e.g Humpty Dumpty sat on aball(they will correct you)
Odd one out. Give your child 3 words and ask them which one does not belong e.g cat, cup,bag;mop,vet, map;man,sun, sit
Ask your child to give you a word that rhymes with a word that you choose e.g give me a word that rhymes with cat. Your child could answer bat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat
Call out a word and ask your child to clap out the beats within that word e.g dog = 1 clap,picnic (picnic) = 2 claps, computer (computer) = 3 claps
Delete a syllable game: say cowboy without cow = boy, say birthday without birth = day, say toothbrush without tooth = brush.
Play games such as “I spy with my little eye something beginning with. . . “
Ask your child what doessun start with?what doeswall start with?etc
Sound manipulation: What happens to cat if I change the c to h (hat)? what happens to mop if I change the o to a (map)? etc
Questions:Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Children develop many skills when asked questions.
Ask your child questionsbefore readinga book: What do you think this book is about? What do you think will happen? If for example, the book cover showed children in the park you could ask haveyou ever been to the park? Can you tell me what you do when you go to the park?
During reading: Where is it set? Who is in the story? What do you think will happen next? Why is s/he happy/sad? How could the boy help the girl? The girl in the story is lost. Have you ever been lost? Can you tell me about it? etc
After:Did you like the book? Why/Why not? What was your favourite part of the story? Who was your favourite character? etc
Pictures (Parents can choose a picture from a book, online, magazine, etc)
What is happening in the picture? Where are they? What is she wearing? How does she feel? Can you tell me what animals you can see in the picture? How do you know the children are in the park? The children are having a picnic, have you ever had a picnic? Can you tell me about it? What food would you bring to a picnic? etc