Toddlers are some of the most fascinating humans around, and this is ultimate because they are in such an amazing stage of development, even though it shows up as negative behaviors, they grow and develop. They often find it difficult to express their emotions and feelings because their language skills are not as well developed. This is a big reason why toddlers have a lot of temper tantrums and tantrums because they can’t express how they are feeling. Even though parents understand why seizures happen, they can still be frustrating.
The obvious solution to this is to work with toddlers to improve their communication skills and teach them the tools they need to express their feelings. However, it can be difficult to teach toddlers in a conventional way, but what we do know is that toddlers learn best by playing and exploring. This means that there are 8 really great activities parents can use to help their little one’s communication skills grow and flourish.
According to First Cry Parenting, the phone can be one of the best games to play with toddlers, and it’s even better if you have older kids who might step in as well. If you don’t remember how it works, you sit in a circle and whisper something in someone’s ear, then they whisper it to the next person. The idea is that by the time the last person receives the message, it’s usually different. Since your goal is to help toddlers learn to communicate, phrases and sentences should be small and simple.
Show and tell
Showing and telling is always fun, and if you want your little one to start talking more, get them involved in something that interests them. If your little one loves dinosaurs, encourage them to tell you about their dinosaurs. Their information may not be factually accurate, sometimes even understandable, but their main purpose is to get it communicated.
Many parents will read stories to their children, but few would let their toddlers read to them and that is because toddlers cannot read. That’s good, toddlers aren’t supposed to be able to read, but you can give them a picture book and have them tell you their own story about what they see.
Play a role
According to The Real School, role-playing is a great way to get toddlers talking, and they’re about to enter that stage where they want to play dress up and pretend play. By engaging in role play, it forces them to interact with someone in order to “play” the roles. Mom and Dad can help them and help them remember the appropriate words for what they are trying to say.
Sing the day
Singing and nursery rhymes are great introductions to language and communication, and it’s a lot of fun, too, according to Raising Children. Mom can prepare a YouTube playlist of children’s songs and have a dance party in the living room. Because it’s fun and rhythmic, your little one can grab a few words and even start singing before you know it. Songs like “Head & Shoulders” are a great way to teach them about their body.
Sometimes communication is all about listening and being able to follow directions, and Simon Says is one of the best ways to help teach this aspect of communication. You give them instructions on what to do, but they can only do it if Simon says so. This is a great way to get them to work on their active listening, and they might also want to take turns leading the game.
20 Questions is another great game that involves a lot of communication. This one can be a bit tricky for a toddler, but an older toddler and preschooler should have no problem engaging in this game. How it works is that you (or your child) have a secret object, or you are thinking of something and the other person has to ask 20 questions that will help them guess what it is. It might take a bit of practice, but after a while it’s a fun game to play all the time.
Tell about the day
This one might not be a structured activity, but it is one of the best ways to teach your little one about language and communication. During your day, tell it. Say out loud what you are doing and encourage your little one to do the same. It might sound a bit strange to tell our own life story, but it can have a big impact on a child’s communication skills.
Sources: Parental First Cry, The Real School, Raising Children
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