Receptive Language Activities

Build strong listening skills with these receptive language activities.

For a quick review, receptive language refers to a person’s ability to understand language. 

Receptive Language Activities

When discussing receptive language, there are 4 main areas to consider:

  • Ability to following directions
  • Understanding questions
  • Understanding grammar
  • Vocabulary

Personally, I don’t love separating expressive language skills with receptive language skills since they are so intertwined. Also, there could be multiple reasons why a child may have difficultly understanding language.

HOWEVER, most speech pathologists, teachers, and standardized tests talk about receptive language skills as a separate entity. Therefore, I created games that target receptive language. 

Click here to learn more about receptive language skills and language development in general. It is a great idea to learn how all language skills build on each other. Once you are done learning, don’t forget to come back and learn fun ways to work on receptive language for all ages!

Receptive Language Activities

Below are activities that target receptive language skills. 

1. WH Questions

  • This is one of my favorite pages!
  • Learn about what WH questions actually are
  • Learn why WH questions are SO important
  • Find fun ways to work on WH questions throughout the day
  • Find games for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age students
  • Examples to illustrate games and skills

2. Following Directions Games

  • Foster listening skills through play
  • Top 5 games that can be adapted for any age

3. Working Memory

  • Strong working memory is one skill needed for receptive language 
  • Learn about working memory
  • Learn how to practice working memory skills
  • Find games to play to practice compensations for memory skills

4. Games with Household Objects

  • Each of the free therapy pages using household objects have games to target following directions skills
  • Find something that will interest your child!
  • Learn about the difference between spatial, temporal, multi-step and basic directions

5. Membership

  • Remember, to have strong receptive language skills, a child needs to have strong syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology, and pragmatic language skills! 
  • Explore hundreds of pages of materials broken down by age!
  • Learn how to functionally support your child’s speech and language development throughout the day
  • Print activities and visual supports 

› Receptive Language Games



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. Follow Bridget at Facebook and Pinterest for more fun!

Author of  child language development eBook series