My son has been very interested in several things recently. He thirsts for words. He points to items and names them or asks for us to name the ones that he doesn’t know. He also brings us some of the pictures of family members that we have around the house and wants us to name each person as he points to them. Finally, he is interested in dressing himself and tries multiple times during the day to put on or take off his clothes. Taking these three interests into consideration, I put out a language activity for him and he loves it and uses it several times a day so I thought I’d share.
Ideally, the child should know the names of the items already. You can give a 3 period lesson with the objects first. Remember the 3rd period is not necessary for the toddler.
and then it’s his turn. I helped him out with laying out the cards the first few times but he is able to do it independently now. He tries (unsuccessfully) to lay them out very orderly and match up the clothes like I did when I presented it to him. It’s really cute.
He really loves this activity. The clothes are doll clothes and I have a few that I can add or rotate. I started with 4 and have found it to be a good number because he goes through the entire cycle of activity. He hasn’t said any of the words yet but is able to point out or hand me the correct item on request. You may have noticed that I don’t try to shorten the words. This is the period of the absorbent mind so they can take the words no matter how complicated. Why say hoodie when I can say hooded sweatshirt? 🙂
This activity meets the child’s needs and supports the sensitive periods for language, order and movement while also engaging the child. It definitely hits the material sweet spot.
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