What better way to help our children prepare for a social upbringing and healthy approach to communicating with those around them, than by getting a head-start on their language development? There is a whole host of ways that you can start teaching your kids good speech and language skills from an early age – aside from investing in toys to help with speech and language development, you can also try these tips:
- Read to your child every day
- Use different tones of voice and expressions when you read to them
- Narrate your everyday activities - going for a walk, making dinner, etc.
- Point out objects and describe what they are called (or, if your kids are a little older, ask them what they think it is or what it does)
- Sing nursery rhymes and children's songs
- Have conversations with your child, even if they're too young to respond yet
- Encourage your child to ask questions (and always answer any questions they have)
Finding the best toys for speech therapy
The best toys for developing language are games that get children confident playing with Basic Concepts, Grammar & Syntax, and learning about Reasoning & Expression, Inferencing and Social Skills & Pragmatics.
A good example is Things That Go Together, a game suitable for pre-schoolers and early primary school-aged kids, which helps them learn to recognise words and the objects associated with them in a fun and interactive way. Every big glossy card also contains fun facts about its paired object, which allows you to start conversations with your child and develop their social, vocabulary and language skills.
Games like the Story Starter Writing Cards are designed to trigger your child’s imagination and inspire kids to begin putting their language skills to the test on paper. The deck of 72 non-fiction and fiction cards is a huge hit among creative young minds, and can help turn your child into a true storyteller at a young age.
When it comes to phonological awareness and literacy (the ability to hear, comprehend and use the units of sound that make up a sentence), there are dedicated board games like the Phonological Awareness Fun Park to help develop these skills. The game features electronic spinners and other fun gaming components to target rhyming, identification, discrimination, manipulation, blending, deletion, and segmenting of phonemes in a fun and engaging manner.
Find all the best speech therapy toys for language development online at Fun Stuff
At Fun Stuff, we realise that communication and a solid understanding of language is imperative to a child’s educational and social wellbeing. That’s why we supply an expansive range of toys, games and other resources that are specifically designed to help children hone their language skills.
Explore our online range, and don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions or queries.