3 Strikes and Win: 

Most children love the bath! Also, a lot of bath time words contain earlier developing sounds such as B and P.

Language Milestones Targeted

Expressive Language

Receptive Language

  • Uses 30-50 words consistently 
  • Imitates words easily 
  • Vocabulary increases each month 
  • Asks simple questions 
  • Follows simple directions 
  • Understands no 
  • Points to pictures in books 
  • Understands about 300 

Three Strikes and Win Bath Game

What You Need:  A bath, bubbles, a few bath toys

How To Play: During a bath, take out a few toys that your child may want to play with. Place 2 toys slightly out of reach and see if your child will name the toy he or she wants.  Most likely, your child will point or grunt for a toy instead of using their words. if this happens,  say the name of each object as you bring it near your mouth. Do this so your child can see how to make the sounds your are saying. If your child still simply points to the toy, say the name again while you move it closer to your child but still out of reach. If your child repeats the toy here, give it! If he or she doesn't say it, say the name one more time as you give it to your child.


  • If your child says the name of the desired object at any time, give the object immediately and praise your child! 
  • If your child is extremely frustrated and crying you may want to only do 2 tries instead of 3. 
  • Place objects near your mouth as you name them. Your child picks up a lot cues about words by looking at your mouth as you speak.
  • Wait time!! Make sure you give your child a few seconds, even up to 10 to repeat the word. Don't rush!

Bath Script:

Parent and child are playing on the floor with a farm. Farm animals are in a clear box with a lid securely fastened.

  • Parent: Let's get another animal. Parent shakes the box of animals.
  • Child: Grunts.Points to chick
  • Parent: Grabs the chick and says chick while holding the chick next to her mouth. Parent then waits 2-3 seconds for a response.
  • Child: No verbal response given, just keeps pointing
  • Parent: Parent says chick while offering the chick halfway and then waits 2-3 seconds for a response from the child.
  • Child: No verbal response. The child just whines and points to the chick.
  • Parent: The parents says chick for the third time as she gives the chick to the child. Parent then says, Good listening!

If your child, at any time, says the desired word, give the object immediately. This method models the desired vocabulary word and provides your child with the opportunity to repeat the word without frustrating him or her. If your child becomes frustrated after 2 models, give the object. 

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