Let’s have a quick look at the games & activities to help in the language development of kids;
The ability to express is an amazing feeling and for kids it is something that they always try to do. Be it the babbling sounds or pointing at something, kids when too young are striving to communicate with parents in the language they know.
It is important that parents communicate regularly using a simple language that their kids can make out even also if they cannot say it right away. Children learn language by listening to the conversation surrounding them.
However, kids learn languages more enthusiastically if they’re supported with activities and games that can hold their interest and encourage them to talk. Studies show that kids who were read to and spoken a lot during the early phases of their childhood tend to have a better grasp of grammar and vocabulary.
Let’s have a quick look at some of the fun filled activities and games that can help your kids to increase the ability to listen, speak and understand a language:
- Use everyday activities for learning language
For parents who are time bound can help their kids learn language while they’re doing their share of everyday chores. Kids wouldn’t even realize that they’re learning when you talk to them about a chore.
Elaborate the chore that you’re doing, why it is being done? How do you do it? What is the outcome of it? If you’re cooking tell them the name of the dish and when they’ll get to eat it. In the morning (breakfast), in the afternoon (lunch) or at night (dinner) describe the process of making the dish in simpler terms.
If your child is old enough let them help you in fetching spoons and forks etc. When you’re involving them and also telling them about each and everything it is helpful for the kid to understand.
- Involve music
Instead of just naming the chores or the objects, parents can incorporate music into this learning process. It helps if parents can talk in rhyming words or sing occasionally so that the child can associate to a word when that particular music is being played. Also, music that is melodious and pleasant will help your child in developing focus to learn the words involved in that song.
- Role playing
Role playing is a great way to introduce your kids to a whole new vocabulary. You can enact scenes from a show that your child loves to watch on television. You can pick a character from that show that is interesting so that you can do some voice modulations that engrosses the child.
Let them also play a role of their choice, it is even better if you get them dressed up to totally involve them. It is mostly the story telling part that captivates a kid, with adequate amount of different voices and gestures it can be as unique and interesting in its own ways
Try to tell your child about the specialties of the character like the color of the dress they’re wearing, the pets they have their favorite food etc. This activity can bring in a plethora of terms that help your child in learning them and get prepared for everyday conversations.
- Reading to them
Choosing books that have a large amount of pictorial representation can help piquing your child’s interest. Books with colorful images or even blank images that need coloring will engage kids. With this new found interest kids are sure to shower you with questions about trying to know what the images mean.
Pick those books that your child will fall in love with, the main themes of the books should match your kid’s idea of fun. As per their interests like animals, machines, drawing, flowers etc. Always try to pick only those books which have mind blowing pictorial representations of these interests.
- Going out to explore
Take some time out and spend quality time with your child by exploring the world outside. Let them get acquainted with nature and the best place to do this is by visiting a zoo. Name the variety of animals by looking at the information displayed. Tell your kids about the characteristic features of each animal like whether they are big or small, tall or short. Visit a nearby park and talk to them about the insects that live in the area. Tell them their names, what they do and how they can spot them. Let them touch the grass and feel the smoothness of it, the tree trunks can help them get to know what creatures make their home inside those holes etc.
By using everyday activities like singing, dancing, role playing and things like books, toys and dressing up for an event you can help your kids in developing the ability to grasp a language quickly.
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