Try these everyday activities at home to spark conversation and expose your child to more words.
Photo Share (Infant, Toddler, Preschool)
Look through photos hanging in your home, in an album, or saved on your smartphone. Tell stories about the people in each photo and share memories.
Take a Walk (Infant, Toddler, Preschool)
Go for a walk around your block, pointing out familiar places, people, and things. Add details like “Look, there’s our neighbor, Steve. I wonder what he’s having for dinner.” Use these tips to enhance your walk even more.
Three-Word Challenge (Toddler, Preschool)
Take turns picking out an object. Then think of three words that describe it. “My dinner plate is round, heavy, and white”.
Word Find (Preschool)
Have a word scavenger hunt at home. Start with the letter A, and ask your child to find a word written somewhere in the house – on a package, DVD or book, toy, etc. – that has the letter A in it. Then B, and so on! Write the letter down on a piece of paper to give your child a visual if they need help.
Want more age-appropriate activities to support literacy? Check out these resources from PBS Parents.