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Role play

  • Join in pretend or imaginary play with your child.

  • It can be anything your child enjoys, from tea parties with teddies to playing doctors or firefighters.

  • Help your child by showing them new ideas for their play, such as how the doctor takes a temperature or how the firefighter sprays water.

  • Use verbs or action words to talk about what you and your child are doing, for example:

  • “the fireman sprays water and soaks everything!” or

  • “teddy’s just sipping his tea because it’s very hot” or

  • “you could use the thermometer to measure my temperature”

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People

Father and Son Playing


What am I?

  • Collect 10 items from around the house, ask your child to close their eyes while you hide one of the objects behind your back.

  • Describe the object while your child guesses what it is, use clues such as, ‘I am long, I have bristles, I am used every morning and night, you hold me in your hand. What am I?’’ (a tooth brush).

  • Give as many clues as you need until your child guesses the object.

  • When your child guesses correctly it is then their turn to hide one of the objects behind their back and describe it to you.

Sound Hunt

  • Ask your child to pick a letter sound, such as p or t.

  • Play a game around the house to see how many things you can find that start with that sound, such a peg, pan, pen, pillow, paper.

  • Talk about what you have found and that they all start with the same letter sound.

  • As an extra challenge you could chose something that doesn’t start with that letter sounds to see if your child can spot the mistake, say ‘’here’s a door does that start with a p?’’

Hide and seek

  • Choose a few favourite toys and hide them around the house or garden.

  • Try and use a variety of hiding places such as on, under, in, behind, in front of and next to things.

  • Your child needs to try and find all the toys. As they find each one, ask them to describe where the toy was hidden.

  • Help your child to describe where the toy was if
    needed. Use words like ‘teddy was under the table’, ‘the car is behind the sofa’

  • Next, swap roles: they can have a turn at hiding their toys and you can look for them.

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People


Junk modelling

  • Getting creative with your child is a great way to develop language.

  • Collect some materials such as cardboard tubes, boxes, tin foil, egg boxes, plastic bottles.

  • Help your child to create a model using glue or sticky tape.

  • Follow their lead and encourage them to tell you what they are making.

  • Use describing words like 'sticky', 'round', 'straight' and action words like 'building', 'folding', 'gluing'.

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People

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