Fun Activities

BOOKS

WHAT YOU NEED

Different types of books or magazines. These do not need to have any writing in, picture books are great. Books such as ‘First one hundred words’ are good for encouraging children to point out things and people doing things.

HOW TO PLAY

Ask the toddler to point to something in the picture “Show me,” “Point to,” “Where is?”

Start off with obvious things in the picture. Later on, try asking for smaller thing or parts of things, such as “Where’s the mans ear?” You can also use the books to help find real things, such as “Where’s your ear?” or looking at the book, “Where’s the dog?” and the “Where’s our dog?”

NOISY PLAY

WHAT YOU NEED

Any noise making toy or use household items, such as saucepans, plastic plates, cardboard boxes and spoons to bang on them.

HOW TO PLAY

This game will only work with children who like a lot of noise.

You hold the noisemaker. Make lots of noise and then stop.

Wait for the child to make eye contact before you make the sound again. Once the child is looking at you, you can start

making the noise. If they stop looking at you, stop the noise. Do it all over again.

TAKE TURNS

HOW TO PLAY

Conversations involve one person speaking while the other listens, and then the other person speaking, while the first listens.

Any game that involves taking turns helps to develop this important skill:

Blowing bubbles

– take it in turns to blow or pop the bubbles. Encourage the child to make eye contact with you before you blow bubbles for them to pop.

Building

– take turns to build bricks into a tower. Use words like “My turn,” “Your turn.” See how big the tower can get

before it falls down.

Rolling

– take turns to roll the items along the floor to each other. Use a toy car or a ball. Comment on what you are doing e.g. “Bryony is rolling the ball to Evie.” Use words such as “Your turn,” “My turn” or “Evie’s turn,” “Jacquie’s turn.

Fun Activities