• Activities to encourage your child’s language to grow


    By age one

    -Talk to your child as you care for him or her throughout the day. "Let's put on your socks. They are so snug but we can get them on."

    -Read colorful books to your child every day.

    -Tell nursery rhymes and sing songs.

    -Teach your child the names of everyday items and familiar people.

    -Take your child to new places and situations.

    -Play simple games with your child such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake.”


    Between age one and two

    -Encourage and reward early efforts at saying new words.

    -Talk to your child about everything you’re doing while you are with him/her.

    -Discuss new situations with your child before you go, while you’re there, and again when you are home. "Did you enjoy the zoo today. That funny lion was so lazy."

    -When your child is talking to you, look at him/her.

    -Describe what your child is doing, feeling, and hearing. For example, “I hear a cricket chirping. I wonder why he is making that loud sound. Do you hear it too?”


    Between two and three

    -Repeat new words over and over. “The landscaping is new. I like the neighbors’ landscaping.”

    -Help your child listen and follow instructions by playing games. “Blow the bubbles. Touch mommy’s nose.”

    -Take your child on trips and talk about what you see, smell, hear, etc.

    -Allow time for your child to tell you answers to simple questions.

    -Describe what you are doing, planning, thinking. “I am washing the dishes in hot water. The hot water and soap will clean the dirty dishes and silverware.”

    -Ask questions to get your child to think and talk.

    -Expand what your child says. Child says, “Juice.” You say, “Yes juice, you want more juice.”


    Between three and four

    -Talk about how some things are same/different, skinny/wide, thick/thin, fast/slow, inside/outside, etc.

    -Encourage your child to tell stories using books and pictures.

    -Let your child play with other children, attend play groups, and/or attend community activities (i.e. library, bookstores).

    -Continue to read to your child, including longer stories.