Since children learn best while playing, most toddler language games will take place during playtime. This one is no exception!
What You Need: A clear box with a lid is the most ideal. If you don't have this, placing desired toys out of reach will do. For this example, a farm and animals is necessary.
How To Play: During playtime, take out a few toys that your child may want to play with. Little people and animals works the best. However, if your child doesn't like to play house or farm, pick something he or she is motivated by. This is very important!
Start the game. For this example, I will play farm. Get on the floor with your child. Get out the farm and an animal or two. Place a few animals in a clear box so your child can see them but can't access them. Show your child the animals. Most likely, your child will point or grunt for an animal that he or she wants. Take the animal out of the box and say the name of the animal while holding the animal near your mouth. You do this so your child can see how to make the sounds your are saying. If your child still simply points to the animal, say the name again while you move the animal closer to your child but still out of reach. If your child repeats the animal here, give it! If he or she doesn't say it, say the animal one more time as you give it to your child.
Parent and child are playing on the floor with a farm. Farm animals are in a clear box with a lid securely fastened.
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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