Here are some ideas to help children develop their vocabularies and learn the meanings of new words. These activities are best carried out on a regular basis.
- Ask your child to think of as many items in a particular category that they can.
Examples of categories could be: food, games, animals, places, colours, furniture, body parts.
- The adult can support this by suggesting sub-groups within categories – eg: in foods,
‘what fruits can you think of?’, or animals, ‘which animals can you think of that live in the jungle?’
- A follow on from this activity could be to introduce new vocabulary in the categories.
- This could be done presenting the child with pictures and clearly describing the key
features of the object or creature.
Check back for more ideas soon.