Label It! What is it and What does it do?
Naming objects and organizing them into groups is an easy way to build vocabulary.
5-10 minutes or as long as your child wants to play.
How to Play
Start by picking a group of objects. For example, selecting utensils or dishes. Pick an object in the group (e.g., a spoon) and ask your child, "What is it?". After they correctly name it, ask a question that describes how it is related to the other objects. For example, "What do you use a spoon for?". Next pick another item from the group and repeat the questions.
Start with objects that your child is familiar with, such as parts of the body, or different types of trucks. Consider including this in your day-to-day activities such as eating or playing.
Make it Easier
You do the first few and then have your child join in.
Make it Harder
As your child's vocabulary increases you can introduce new categories and words. You can include new words with less familiar items like gardening tools (e.g., hose, lawn mower, spade) or winter snow tools (e.g., shovel, ice scraper), or includes new words into existing groups. For example, moving from head to include eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
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