Christmas is the season of gift-giving and what better time than now to take the opportunity to purchase gifts that can assist your child or loved one with their language development? Erin, one of our resident Speech Pathologists, has put together her list of perfect gift ideas to do just this! Check out the list below and let us know in the comments if these are some of your child’s favourite toys!
‘Top 10 Christmas Gifts to Promote Language Development’
1. Spot Books
These books are great for developing a child’s ability to answer questions (e.g. where is spot? Or “what is spot doing”) and their ability to follow instructions (e.g. first point to spot, then to his mum).
Link to purchase: https://www.bigw.com.au/product/where-s-spot/p/5702/
2. Mr Potato Head
Mr potato head if wonderful for teaching children the names of body parts.
3. Articulate for Kids
This is a good game for older children to help with their descriptive language and ability to make sentences.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com.au/Articulate-For-Kids-Board-Game/dp/B00009R61B
4. Pop-up Pirate
This game will help children learn how to take turns and improve their ability to name colours when they ask for the different coloured swords.
Link to purchase: https://www.bigw.com.au/product/tomy-pop-up-pirate/p/4511045/
5. Guess Who
Guess who will help kids learn how to ask different types of questions as well as help them understand negatives such as “without” and “not”.
Link to purchase: https://www.kmart.com.au/product/guess-who-board-game/663813
This is great for kids who are learning to play. They can practice copying different words like “he/she” as well as action words like “walking/eating”.
Link to purchase: https://www.bigw.com.au/product/barbie-beach-doll-assorted/p/430557/
7. Car ramps
Car ramps are good to develop early language and requesting skills. Parents can practice words like “go” “stop” “more” with their child to help improve their language.
Link to purchase: https://www.kmart.com.au/product/wooden-4-in-1-activity-tower/2777818
8. Shopping list
This game can help kids learn new words and make requests such as “Can I have the carrots”.
9. 5 Second Rule
This game will be good for older kids who need to develop their vocabulary. Players need to name 3 items in a category in under 5 seconds. An understanding of categories can help kids learn new words.
10. What am I?
This board game is great for getting kids practising asking and answering questions.
Link to purchase: https://www.kmart.com.au/product/what-am-i-playset/2066828