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12-24 months

At this age children can often understand familiar words and are beginning to say several. They are learning that “talking is fun” and “talking is useful”. 



  • Blow some bubbles and encourage your child to pop them.

  • Say words like 'pop', 'more bubbles', the bubbles are falling', 'all gone'.

  • Once they have all gone, pause and wait to see if your child asks for more. They might point or say a sound or word.

  • Then you say 'more bubbles?' and blow some more.

  • Keep repeating this and they will start to try and copy your words!

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People



Twinkle twinkle...

  • Sit with your child on the floor. Sing and do the actions to their favourite nursery rhymes.

  • When you are singing leave a pause to see if your child can fill in the missing words, such as ‘twinkle twinkle little...' Don’t worry if the words are not clear.

  • Try this with more lines in the songs and more nursery rhymes. This will help children to learn more words whilst having fun singing.

  • You can listen to nursery rhymes on our City Songbirds page.


Post box fun

  • Make a post box by cutting a hole in a cardboard box. Involve your child in decorating it with stickers or coloured crayons.

  • Collect a range of everyday objects from around the house e.g. spoon, ball, sock, teddy, cup.

  • Offer your child two items saying 'shall we post teddy or post a sock?'

  • Let them choose and post the item in the box. Tell them the name of the item they chose again e.g. say 'sock in!'

  • Your child will enjoy posting and will be learning lots of words at the same time. 


Pretend play

  • Play simple pretend play games with your child's favourite teddy or doll.

  • Act out everyday routines with teddy such as bed time, feeding teddy, dressing teddy.

  • Talk to your child about what teddy is doing using simple sentences.

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People


Ready, steady, go

  • Use a ball or toy car to roll along. Say ready, steady go, then roll the toy.

  • Next time, pause before go to give your chance to try and say 'go'. 

  • You can try this activity with running games too. Help your child to wait for go before running.

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People

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