1. Blocks, stacking cubes and shape sorters.
These all encourage interactive play, problem solving and creative expression.
3. Cars and Trains.
It’s best to choose toys that don’t do all the ‘doing’ for your child. This encourages them get involved in playing. Encourage your child to make noises as they play like ‘choo choo
Role playing what happens in a kitchen will encourage your child to use verbs. As they play with the food they will understand and use concepts like ‘in’ ‘on’ and ‘under’. I am a big fan of the Goki wooden lollipops.
It’s easy to memorise words but not know how to use them functionally. Having a dolls house will encourage your child to figure out how to use words around the dolls and their living, functionally. Below is Melissa and Doug’s Fold and Go Dollshouse
6. Tools and Tool Sets.
7. Role Play outfits and accessories.
These can aid your child’s cognitive development as they reenact what they see around them. I stock a lovely wooden doctors set .
10. Dress up Puzzles.
These types of puzzles help your child verbalise items of clothing and body parts. This is a gorgeous wooden magnetic doll that come with a variety of clothes.
From my research it appears that most speech therapists are encouraging children to spend less time in front of screens or with battery operated toys. I hope this blog has got you thinking about the toys you already have that may encourage language development and perhaps help you choose a few new ones!