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  • Play the yes and no game. Ask questions such as “Are you a girl?” “Are you Thomas?” “Are you a bus?” Encourage your child to make up questions to ask you.
     

  • Use photographs of familiar people and places and tell a story about what happened or make up a new story.
     

  • More activities (printable)

TALKING
  • Encourage your child to talk to friends and family about a new toy, book, or trip to the store.
     

  • Tell a story of the day.  Ask your child questions and let them add details as you talk through your day.  Ask your child, “What was your favorite part of the day?”
     

  • Use “What If” questions to invite more conversation rather than questions that can be answered “yes” or “no”. Build on what your child says. If he says, “More milk,” you might say, “You want some more milk.” This teaches him new words and how to put sentences together.
     

  • When taking a walk notice the words, letters and events around you. Point out signs, play “I Spy” or ask your child “how many red things do you see?”
     

  • Picture books are a great way to have a conversation with your child.  As you look at the pictures ask lots of questions and have your child point out and name items in the pictures.

Activities You Can Do Today
19 - 36 Months​