How to use story sacks  for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

How to use story sacks for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2016 | One Comment

Sharing storybooks with our children can spark a life-long love of reading, and is one of the best ways to boost language skills. Books encourage a rich vocabulary, and a strong grasp of how words work. In this post I want to talk about how making your own simple story sacks can make time spent reading with your child an extra-special event, supporting learning and the warm, loving experience of sharing a story.

5 super-simple playtime activities for boosting your toddler’s language skills

5 super-simple playtime activities for boosting your toddler’s language skills

Posted by: on Jan 24, 2016 | No Comments

Playtime activities for toddlers are surely best when they are fun and simple. Without the pressure of complex instructions to follow toddlers can learn in a natural and enjoyable way. In this post I share five of my favorite easy playtime activities, all of which can give your little one an amazing language workout.

How to start telling family stories with your toddler

How to start telling family stories with your toddler

Posted by: on Jan 20, 2016 | 7 Comments

Today I’d like to share a magical way to captivate your toddler, and introduce him or her to the joy of storytelling through a simple daily ritual. All you need is one small prop: a dollhouse family.

 

5 Language-building games for the bath

5 Language-building games for the bath

Posted by: on Jan 20, 2016 | No Comments

Bathtime is great for fun games that boost your young toddler’s language skills, because it usually happens every day, most toddlers enjoy it, and you’re right there with them, giving them lots of attention. Here are five fun ways to build early vocabulary while having fun in the water. 

Language Outside: Puddle Jumping

Language Outside: Puddle Jumping

Posted by: on Jan 16, 2016 | No Comments

We love to play outside every day, especially in the mornings. Exploring the garden and playground gives many wonderful opportunities for language learning, and it tires the kids out ready for naptime! Just now it’s WET, but that’s okay, because little ones love puddle jumping. Here are a few tips for some messy fun to get your toddler talking…

3 language-boosting torchlight games for toddlers

3 language-boosting torchlight games for toddlers

Posted by: on Jan 10, 2016 | No Comments

The days are short, and the mornings in our house start early: it’s dark for hours when we get up, and hardly light before night begins. So we’re getting plenty of time for one of my kids’ favorite games: exploring by torchlight. All you need for this activity is a torch and a dark place. It’s guaranteed to capture your child’s imagination, and it’s amazing for language.

Language learning play with Spiderman

Language learning play with Spiderman

Posted by: on Jan 5, 2016 | 6 Comments

What does your kid really love to play with? Whatever it is, you can use it for really fun play together, and for boosting their language development. In this post I show you how, with four fantastic ways for toddlers and preschoolers to play with Spiderman!

How to get your toddler talking: Fun with Words

How to get your toddler talking: Fun with Words

Posted by: on Jan 3, 2016 | No Comments

Language is learned through interactions; the more your child interacts with you the more they can learn from you. What makes a toddler want to interact with an adult? They may have a problem they hope the adult can solve, such as hunger or wet clothes. But once their needs are met, what keeps them with us? One of the best ways to make a toddler want to spend time with us is to be fun! In this post I’ll share a third great strategy to get your toddler talking. Your child will love this one!

How to get your toddler talking: Play

How to get your toddler talking: Play

Posted by: on Jan 2, 2016 | No Comments

Play is one of the best times to help toddlers boost their speech development, because it’s perfect for engaging them in fun, motivating interactions, and because children learn so well through play. This post shares some ideas for using play effectively to build great communication with your little one and boost their language skills.

How to get your toddler talking: Thoughtful Communication

How to get your toddler talking: Thoughtful Communication

Posted by: on Jan 1, 2016 | No Comments

Do you want simple to apply techniques to help your toddler learn to talk? This series introduces the best strategies for boosting young children’s language skills. It all starts with thoughtful communication.