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While Playing Together With A Variety Of Toys


Example: barn, house, gas station, school, airport, doll house, musical instruments

  1. Describe the action for your child as s/he is creating it.  Place emphasis on particular words of interest, such as nouns and verbs.  Ex. The frog is jumping.
  2. Repeat and expand on whatever your child says.  Ex.  Child says: Daddy sleeping.  Adult says:  Yes, Daddy is sleeping in bed.
  3. Find and label parts of the objects or toys. (ex. label parts of a car, parts of the tractor, rooms in the house)
  4. Count different items or parts of the toy.
  5. Talk about different functions of the parts or toys.
  6. Match items from the toys to real items in the environment. For example, match the toy tractor to Daddy's tractor outside. Compare and contrast.
  7. Find different colors and/or match them within the toy.  Match to colored items in the immediate environment.
  8. Create a story with your child about what is happening as you play. Ask him/her what might happen next.
  9. Find and describe similarities and differences between items or parts of the toy.
  10. Create rhymes about what is happening during play.  Don't be afraid to make up silly words.
  11. For musical instruments, create a rhythm and see if your child can repeat it.  Start with easy 2-3 beats, then make increasing more complex rhythms.
  12. Add different toys to the play scenario.  Ex. Introduce action figures to the dollhouse. 

© Kate Ross, MS, CCC-SLP  (2011)

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