Language Play - things that GO!
Updated: Jul 26, 2022
Are you worried your toddler or preschooler's language might be delayed? Maybe they're on track but you still want to make sure you're doing your best to help grow their language. The best way you can help their language development is to get down on their level and play!
Let's play and help your toddler or preschooler develop language with things that go!
Here is another play set purchased when my oldest was young. These pieces have seen a LOT, both as therapy materials and with my own kids. There are so many ways to target language goals, from picking colors, to building the track, to letting the cars GO!
I like to hide all of the larger pieces and help build the road one section at a time. It gives me more opportunities to target requesting. Model requesting 'more' each time you add a new piece.
Meet your child where they're at. Can they do two word phrases? More road, want more, want road. Knows their colors? Red piece, I want blue, I want yellow road.
Model, model, model but keep demands low. Build up sentence length and complexity as your child's language expands. Are you working on one, two or three word phrases? Aim to model a step above what your child is already doing, but praise the efforts at their level.
Once the road is built, it's time to let the car GO and make it STOP! Do you have multiple different colors of car? What other things can go up and down the ramp? Try some Lego people, balls, trains... Whatever you can get to roll or slide down.