Among exciting milestones in the life of a child and his or her parents is when he or she starts talking. Often, parents do everything possible to help make this happen earlier. They buy toys and other toddler aids that speed up this process. But what can really facilitate toddlers to speak earlier than they should?
This is one of the effective language activities for toddlers in improving a child’s memory. Toddlers need to remember what simple words mean and how they are pronounced in order to talk. Thus, we need to keep repeating to them basic words they need to be familiar with—and we start with the words “dad” and “mom,” of course, as well as other short one-syllable words like milk, toy, ball, car, train, food, eat, etc. Repeating the words to them make these words familiar to tots so that in time they can identify what they are and what names certain things around them have.
Once they know what their names are, they can start calling them out. Eventually, they’d come to know that their male parent is called dad, or “Da-da” and their female parent is mom, or “ma-ma.”
Touch and Talk
Among proven ways to help toddlers speak a bit sooner is the touch and talk method. You point and touch with your forefinger at an object and call out its name. Do this often and your toddler will soon connect the object touched with the verbalized name. For instance, you touch your face and say “dad” or “mom” and then touch the toddler’s face and then say, “Tommy,” if his name is Tommy.
As you repeat this, in time the kid connects the ideas and realizes you are called dad and he is called Tommy. Soon, when asked “Where’s dad?” or “Where’s mom?” the kid will turn to his dad or mom and smile or probably point to them. When asked, “Where’s Tommy?” the kid will point to his face or to himself. [INPOSTLB]
You can do the same thing when teaching kids about the names of their siblings, pets, objects in the house, food, and others. The touch and talk method is often a bit faster way of helping kids talk than relying in how kids naturally pick up words and meanings on their own. Touch and talk help stimulate their memory power as well.
Pronouncing Words Properly
Kids are excited to talk so you’d often catch them watching your lips closely when you speak. They study how you pronounce words by watching your lips and figuring out how to imitate it. Thus, it will help them a lot if adults speak words properly and sometimes slowly to them with the correct pronunciation, sometimes deliberately showing how to pronounce them using their lips and tongues.
You can do a lot to guide your toddler in speaking their first words. These are only a few of the language activities for toddlers that you can do even without being an expert in language development.