#1 Way To Help Your Child To Speak

Lachlan Ward, 4, shares a secret with Ava-Grace Angeles, 4, at Amaze Early Education Centre, Silkstone. Picture: Tara Croser

Many of you have been interested in how to stimulate more speech from your toddlers so I thought I would share some top tricks that other parents have used at each stage of their child’s development…

 

From birth to six months… – Talk to your baby, and also talk to others when she is near. She won’t understand the words, but will like your voice and your smile. Then plan quiet time. Babies needs time to babble and play quietly without TV or radio or other noises.

Between six and nine months…Games have big impact on children, so ask your baby questions, like “Where’s doggie?” If he doesn’t answer, show him where.

Between nine and eighteen months… – When she points at or gives you something, talk about the object with her. “You gave me the book. Thank you! Look at the picture of the baby rolling the ball.”

Between twelve and fifteen months… – Give your child choices so they better associate words to wants “Do you want milk or juice?”

Between eighteen and twenty four months… – Encourage your child to talk to friends and family. He can tell them about a new toy. Engage your child in pretend play. You can talk on a play phone or have a party with the toy animals.

Between two and three years… – Ask your child to tell you the story that goes with a favourite book. “What happened to those three pigs?” Reading spurs language development.

The above are just examples from other parents, but remember… every child is unique so don’t be shocked if your child speaks earlier and more clearly than you ever expected. At Amaze, our Educators love watching children learn to speak, discover how to tell stories to each other, and create word games to play with their parents.

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Lucy Cook

Amaze Education


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Easy Games to Play with Little Ones

10 simple games to play with young children 

It’s easy to get bogged down with the ground hog day that is feeding, bathing, cleaning and do on. We need to remember to take time out to ‘play’ with our children. When was the last time you sat down for a tea party, gave a ‘horsey’ ride, put on a silly voice, sat in a blanket fort or set up a train set together? Here are some quick and easy games to try.

1. What’s the time Mr Wolf?

2. Hide and Seek

3. I spy – use age appropriate clues. Eg. I spy something that is red. I spy something with four legs. 

4. Simon says – using actions eg. Simon says can you balance on one foot, can you hop on one leg, hop fast/slow, can you jump like a kangaroo, can you close your eyes and touch your mouth/ears/nose/eyes. 

5. Matching activities – get two of a wide range of items eg forks, pens, blocks, shoes etc. Remember the smaller and more similar the items the harder the game, the older the child. Place half the objects in a pile on the floor. Keep the other half in a bag or pillow case. Pull out the objects one by one and ask your child to find it’s match. The more adjectives you use the better eg “can you find the blue brush/shiny bowl/rough rock etc”

6. Do you know what’s missing? – around the age of 8 months, children develop  object permanence. Basically. If you cover something up they know it’s not gone for good. Once they achieve that you can play this game. For this game choose three items from the matching game, or ask your child to do this. Have your child close their eyes or turn away. Cover one object up with a tea towel. Ask your child if they know what’s missing? The more objects the harder the game. 

7. Sing an action song – 5 little Ducks went out one day, heads shoulders knees and toes, dingle dangle scarecrow. There are plenty on Google/you tube. Don’t be shy! Remember your child doesn’t care if you are out of tune. 

8. Do a dance eg hokey pokey. Once again search on you tube if you are not sure of the actions. 

9. Roll down a hill together. 

10. Guess the food – chop up small bits of different fruits/food. Ask your child to close their eyes and see if they can guess the fruit by taste. 

If you are really stuck for ideas. Check with a child care teacher!