Here you will find oral language development activities that incorporate narrative structure learning. Knowing narrative structure is a functional skill that will improve oral language and receptive language abilities for your toddler.
You can and you should start teaching narrative structure early, even before 2 years of age!
This crucial language skill will make a huge impact on academic success and personal development. Our ability to tell stories, participate in conversation, and understanding written text, depends highly on our understanding of narrative structure/story grammar.
For a quick review of story grammar, please review narrative structure basics. But be sure to come back!
These games are appropriate for children under 4-5 years of age! For older children, check out oral language development activities for ages 5+.
How do you play and work on narrative structure at the same time? Easy, with this game!
Little ones greatly benefit from visuals when listening to or telling stories since they are just developing vocabulary.
That is why "house and farm" are great oral language development activities.
How to Play:
"Set The Setting" by asking your child these questions:
Create an Uh-Oh moment! Make a problem (plot) and ask these questions:
Attempts to solve the problem (plot):
You can ask your child these questions for one turn. Then you model a story while you play. Check out the example script below for some ideas. Think out loud so your child learns how to “think”!
If you need a house, check out these options! They are cool!!
The "green" in me LOVES this house! It is made out of eco-friendly materials. This house isn't only super cool, but a great inspiration for imagination!
If you don't have a dollhouse already, this one is great at an even better cost. It comes with furniture but you need to buy people or animals. The open and close feature is nice to stay organized!
Example Script as a Mom Plays House:
Attempts to Solve Problem:
Want More Details on Reading or Playing?
1. Reading: Check out our free ebook on how to best read to your toddler for more language development tips.
Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference.