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Activities to Stimulate Toddler Communication Development
Strong communication skills can be extremely advantageous as your child matures. These simple and enjoyable activities, along with the best nutrition to nourish her milestone achievements, can help foster her language development right from the very beginning:
Talk her through an activity
- Explain what you're doing as you do it. Speak clearly.
Let her see your face as you speak
- This way she can watch how your mouth makes sounds.
Speak at her level
- Don't use baby talk, or difficult words.
- Stress the syllables.
Ask her to find things
- You'll be surprised how much she knows.
Listen to her
- Build her confidence by showing her that what she says is important.
- Say the words for objects you see every day.
- Encourage her to say them back.
Don't point out mistakes
- Instead, repeat the whole sentence saying the word correctly.
Read together every day
- Early exposure to reading promotes strong reading skills in school-age children.
Read predictable books
- Soon she'll be “reading” it by herself.
- Some good examples are: I Went Walking, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Little Red Hen, and Goodnight Moon.
Use the mirror
- Let her make faces and name his body parts.
Explore her world
- Walk around your neighbourhood.
- Talk about what you see.
Play with writing
- If she's interested in pencils and paper, let her try writing.
Play object Hide-and-Seek
- Hide a favourite toy and ask her to find it.
Play naming games
- Point to familiar things and ask her to name them.
- Act out action words, like crawl, jump or sleep.
- Introduce nursery rhymes, finger plays and counting rhymes. Listen to recordings.
- Play imitating games, like “This is The Way We Wash Our Face” or “I'm A Little Teapot.”
Why is Nutrition Important?
Healthy eating is important because it provides the energy and nutrients needed for growth and development. Your toddler will benefit from a variety of wholesome foods each day as she advances her cognitive, linguistic and social abilities.