Throw away those flashcards and enjoy easy vocabulary games that build vocabulary naturally! They key here is YOU, the parent. Your child can’t learn vocabulary without you.
Below are my top 4 vocabulary games for all toddlers. At the end of this page, there is a crash course in vocabulary development. Don't skip it!
Reading is BY FAR the best “game” for vocabulary development.
Children’s books are full of pictures with a variety of new words (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs).
However, how you read to your child is critical. Just reading a story straight from the book isn’t the best strategy. You MUST interact while reading. The technical term is called “shared reading.”
Click here for more information on how to read to your child.
Playing with a playhouse, farm, school, store, or kitchen is a great way to:
Farm Example: If you are playing with a farm, you can introduce new animals to your child and talk about how the toys are “farm animals,” not pets. You can talk about where farm animals live, sleep, and eat.
Your child will learn:
The classic game “20 Questions” is a WONDERFUL language game for older toddlers up to adults! It incorporates categories, descriptions, and associations.
If your child is just starting to talk, don’t write this game off yet. Here me out.
How to play 20 Questions:
This is one of the more exciting vocabulary games. Go on a treasure hunt!
How To Play:
Vocabulary or more accurately “word knowledge” is the foundation for all communication. It the basis for expressive language (speaking), receptive language (understanding spoken information), reading, and writing abilities!!!
Word knowledge is about understanding the whole concept of a word and how a word relates to other words. Many children with language delays have incomplete word knowledge.
Being able to point to a dog in a picture doesn’t mean your child necessarily knows what a dog is.
For children under 5 years of age, it is important to know:
Complete definition of a dog:
For children over 5 years of age, check out vocabulary games for adolescents.