30+ Play dough activities for toddlers and preschoolers

30+ Play dough activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Jun 14, 2016 | No Comments

Play dough is one of our favorite play materials: it’s versatile, cheap and engages the little ones on so many different levels. When they’re playing with dough they are exploring their creativity, building motor skills and, of course, developing their language. Here’s my BIG guide to our top 30+ ways to play with dough!

Mr. Potato Head play ideas for building language skills with your toddler or preschooler

Mr. Potato Head play ideas for building language skills with your toddler or preschooler

Posted by: on May 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

Mr. Potato Head is a popular toy among speech therapists because little kids often enjoy playing with it, and it’s perfect for encouraging some important early language skills, including naming body parts, understanding object function, using early verbs and much more. Today’s post shares some fun ways to use this toy in educational play.

Inventing songs with toddlers

Inventing songs with toddlers

Posted by: on Mar 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

Singing songs is a great way to boost toddler language skills because it engages little children in a fun interaction and encourages them to listen out for and enjoy the sounds of words. Inventing new songs extends this. It helps fill your toddler’s day with words, and makes songs directly relevant to their experience. The language-learning potential from that is huge! This post gives quick tips for inventing songs your little one will love.

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Posted by: on Mar 2, 2016 | No Comments

Most toddlers crave movement. Their growing bodies need it, so games where they can run, jump, crawl and explore delight them. When it’s cold and wet outside this is more of a challenge than on warm summer days. An indoor obstacle course can get little kids moving, laughing and learning too, while they burn off some of that crazy kid energy. Obstacle courses are a simple, age-adjustable, and endlessly variable. They are also a great way for siblings to play together. Here are some ideas to get you started:

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.

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!