Materials That Encourage Language Development
Provide materials such as the following to encourage toddlers' language development:
- Books: books with hard cardboard pages, as well as simple story and picture books
- Picture cards: purchased picture cards, homemade cards, matching cards made from catalogs, and cutout pictures or stickers placed on index cards
- Common objects: small animals; miniature cars, trucks, and trains; small dishes and dolls; and so on. Make an object box and continually change the objects inside it.
- Puzzles with pictures of common objects
- Old typewriters and computer keyboards
- Printing stamps: a transportation set, a food set, and the like
- Lotto games: present one card at a time for a simple matching activity
- A puppet theater
- Wall posters with interesting pictures
- A Polaroid camera
- Writing materials: markers and crayons, paper, envelopes, stickers, postcards, old greeting cards, index cards, scrap paper, a chalkboard or whiteboard
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