language activities that don't require toys

10 Language Activities That Don’t Require Toys

I often write about great games and toys that you can purchase to help improve your child's language skills. However, it's always possible to increase your child's language skills during your normal daily routine, without the use of special toys. One of the best ways to work on language skills with your child is in … Continue reading 10 Language Activities That Don’t Require Toys

10 Fun Ways to Practice Language Skills at the Park

10 Fun Ways to Work on Language Skills at the Park

Now that the weather is nicer and warmer, it is great to get outside with your child and enjoy some fresh air. There are so many ways to incorporate language skills when playing outside with your child. Continue reading for 10 fun ideas to try out with your child. 10 ways to work on language skills … Continue reading 10 Fun Ways to Work on Language Skills at the Park

reusable sticker pad for language development

5 Language Skills to Target With the Best Reusable Stickerpad

If you don't already know, the Melissa & Doug brand has the best toys, games, and activities to use with your child.  The products often even list ways to use them to help develop stronger language skills for your child. I have written about their reusable stickerpad product previously in my post 10 Toys for Under … Continue reading 5 Language Skills to Target With the Best Reusable Stickerpad

Best ways to incorporate language skills into cooking with your child

Best Ways to Incorporate Language Skills into Cooking With Your Child

If you're like me and enjoy cooking, you will love these ways to incorporate your child and language skills into the activity. Cooking with your child is a naturalistic way to practice some important communication skills such as following directions, sequencing, and learning new vocabulary.  Another benefit is that your child will end up with … Continue reading Best Ways to Incorporate Language Skills into Cooking With Your Child

Super Simple Kite Craft to Work on Increasing Your Child’s Language Skills

Are you looking for a simple and inexpensive craft to do with your child? Here is the perfect craft for the windy days of March. Making a kite has never been so simple. Below you will find the directions to make the simple kite craft as well as some ideas to incorporate language skills. Materials … Continue reading Super Simple Kite Craft to Work on Increasing Your Child’s Language Skills

5 Awesome Ways to Increase Language Skills with Category Cards

Category cards are a fantastic way to improve your child's language skills (ages 3 and up). The cards offer many different ways to use them so your child will not get bored. The best product of category cards that I have found include very simple cards.  Each card has one large colorful picture of an object. … Continue reading 5 Awesome Ways to Increase Language Skills with Category Cards

mystery box

5 Outstanding Ways to Use a Mystery Box to Improve Language Skills

First of all, you may be wondering; What is a mystery box?   A mystery box is any box that has a small opening in which a hand can fit inside. Inside the box contains mystery objects, such as small toys or objects. You can easily create your own mystery box using a tissue box.  Place inside … Continue reading 5 Outstanding Ways to Use a Mystery Box to Improve Language Skills

Dot Markers

5 Best Ways to Use Dot Markers for Language Development

There are so many ways you can use dot markers with your child to work on specific language goals. Not only can these paint markers make cool pictures, they are also virtually mess-free. If you don't already own dot markers, please think about purchasing a pack for your little one. They are easy to hold for young children … Continue reading 5 Best Ways to Use Dot Markers for Language Development

6 Language Activities For Car Rides

6 Easy Language Activities for Car Rides

For most of us, driving in the car with your child is something we do on almost a daily basis. Whether it's to transport your youngster back-and-forth from school or to a sports practice, we find ourselves in the car frequently. This is a terrific time to try some activities to help increase your child's … Continue reading 6 Easy Language Activities for Car Rides

parenting a language delayed child

4 Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting a Language Delayed Child

If you have a child with language difficulties (receptive and/or expressive) sometimes it's difficult to know how to communicate with them.  Should you speak in shorter sentences to help them understand?  Should you speak slower?  Should you interact in a specific way?  Here are four do's and don'ts of parenting a language delayed child. 4 … Continue reading 4 Do’s and Don’ts of Parenting a Language Delayed Child

language activities for a snow day

10 Easy Activities to Promote Language Development on a Snow Day

The northeast is snowed in today!  This means you most likely will be at home all day with your child, as most schools will be closed.  Snow days are a great time to relax and spend time with your family. Here are 10 activities you can do on a snow day with your child to … Continue reading 10 Easy Activities to Promote Language Development on a Snow Day

Practice following directions

5 Ultimate Ways to Practice Following Directions

Following directions is an important language skill for your child to possess.  The ability to follow directions allows your child to successfully participate in the school day.  By 2-3 years-old, your child should be able to follow some simple 2-step commands (i.e. "Put on your shoes and your hat").  By 4-5 years-old, your child should … Continue reading 5 Ultimate Ways to Practice Following Directions

5 March Books

5 Wonderful March Books to Read to Your Child

As we know, reading books with your child is an important activity that helps with language development. Reading can help increase vocabulary skills, stimulate imagination, and offer opportunities to practice answering questions. Take a look at my previous article for more specific examples on how to increase language with books. Below are 5 recommended March books … Continue reading 5 Wonderful March Books to Read to Your Child

St. Patrick's Day Activity

The Easiest St. Patrick’s Day Activity to Practice Language Skills With Your Child

It's almost time for St. Patrick's Day again (March 17th).  Here is a fun and simple game to play with your child that works on expressive and receptive language skills. Continue reading for an easy St. Patrick's Day activity that will be fun and is also free! Directions Print out page of shamrocks. Cut out shamrocks. … Continue reading The Easiest St. Patrick’s Day Activity to Practice Language Skills With Your Child

Press Here book

Learn How to Use the Press Here Book for Increasing Language Skills

If you haven't read this book with your child yet, please do! Press Here by Hervé Tullet is a simple but wonderful book. The book is interactive in the most refreshing way. The Press Here book consists of simple shapes and primary colors, but will keep your child's attention throughout. The book also provides multiple opportunities to increase … Continue reading Learn How to Use the Press Here Book for Increasing Language Skills

sequencing cards

Valuable Ways to Use Sequencing Cards with Your Child

Sequencing cards are a great way to help work with your child understand a series of events. The ability to put sequences in order will help your child down the road re-tell stories in a sequential manner.  The product below is one of my favorites when working with children (4-years and older) on this important … Continue reading Valuable Ways to Use Sequencing Cards with Your Child

Mr. Potato Head

5 Important Language Skills to Target When Playing Mr. Potato Head With Your Child

Mr. Potato Head is a classic children's toy that does not get dated or go out of style.  It is also a great toy to work on increasing your child's language abilities. Here are 5 ways you can use this toy when working with your child. Language Skills Vocabulary- Ask your child to point to all … Continue reading 5 Important Language Skills to Target When Playing Mr. Potato Head With Your Child

Melissa & Doug Puzzle

The Ultimate Melissa & Doug Puzzle For Language Development;

If you're looking for an activity to work on language development with your child, look no further.  This Melissa & Doug puzzle provides so many opportunities to work on increasing language skills. Language Skills This hide and seek puzzle is AWESOME . I use it frequently when working with preschool-aged children. Here are some ways … Continue reading The Ultimate Melissa & Doug Puzzle For Language Development;

increase language skills with playdough

Outstanding Ways to Increase Language Skills With Playdough

There are SO many opportunities to increase language skills with playdough. This activity is motivating especially due to its sensory stimulation. When using playdough with your child you are able to target vocabulary, expanding utterances, and following directions all with one activity. Tips for Increasing Language Skills With Playdough As the parent, stay in control of … Continue reading Outstanding Ways to Increase Language Skills With Playdough

practice answering questions

5 Quality Products to Practice Answering Questions With Your Child

If your child has a language delay or disorder, it's likely they may have difficulty answering "wh" questions (who, what, where, when, why).  Some children provide no answer to these questions and others may repeat part of the question back to you.  You may be wondering what you can do at home to help your … Continue reading 5 Quality Products to Practice Answering Questions With Your Child