The best books to support early language development

The best books to support early language development

Posted by: on May 11, 2016 | No Comments

Reading with our children is one of the most powerful things we can do to support their language development. Sharing books with babies and toddlers introduces them to lots of new words. Just as importantly, it fosters loving bonds between children and adults. That feeling of warm attention that a small child enjoys when a parent reads them a story creates the perfect learning environment.

Imaginative play ideas for a town puzzle floor mat

Imaginative play ideas for a town puzzle floor mat

Posted by: on Apr 6, 2016 | 3 Comments

Imaginative play makes my three-year-old happy, and that’s enough of a reason for us to do it. It’s also amazing for learning, especially for building sophisticated language skills. One of our favorite ways to do pretend play together is to use the Orchard Toys Giant Town and Giant Road floor puzzles, because they set up an incredibly stimulating small world to explore. In today’s post I’m sharing some ideas for using the Giant Road puzzles in pretend play with toddlers and preschoolers.

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

15 toddler and preschool play ideas with stones!

Posted by: on Feb 24, 2016 | 6 Comments

Our shared garden has lots of stones in it, and it’s been funny to see how much my kids love to play with them, objects so simple and mundane most adults don’t even notice them. I guess stones feel pleasant and are interesting to look at, since they’re all different and close to the ground (like little people). Well, whatever the attraction, we’ve found lots of ways to have fun and learn with stones! And why not? They cost nothing!

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Feb 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Each week I choose a book to read to my kids every day, and use it as a base for some simple activities. Our latest book-of-the-week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Here’s what I did with my 2 and 3 year olds to explore the story:

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.

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.

 

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…

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!