Talking with Your Toddler {Review}

Talking with Your Toddler: 75 Fun Activities and Interactive Games that Teach Your Child to Talk is a helpful guide for parents, teachers and caregivers. This book is packed full of engaging games and activities that can boost and challenge developing language skills. As a mom of three, I felt that a book like this I wouldn’t use so often but my third child is not talking as soon as my first two. So many of the exercises listed, I’m taking note to do early on.  Please note that I firmly believe every child develops in certain areas at different times and when they are ready but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look for every opportunity to help! 

The book features fourteen chapters. The first chapter is an introduction followed by strategies and activity chapters of things to do throughout certain times of the day. The book ends with chapters on do’s and don’ts and when one should seek professional help if needed. The ideas of things do are all very practical and will maximize interaction with your child. How often we can even overlook the needs and social interactions with our child because of the daily mundane of things that typically need to get done.

The book is typically written with 2-5-year-olds in mind but some of the activities can already be done at an earlier age.  There’s a language development chart that specifies what listening and speaking skills to expect from a 12-24 month old even. The book is a simple read and the activities are easy to do. I am sure most children will love them all the interactivity. Nothing is more frustrating not knowing what your child needs and for them not to be able to convey it. I am certain with this books help huge progress will ensue in this area.

Here’s an example of an activity found in the book

Make Up Your Own Song to Greet the Morning

“One easy way to do this is to use a familiar tune, such as the tune of the “Happy Birthday” song, changing the words to reflect the activity you and your child are doing. Choose a song. Some of our favorite, easy song suggestions are below. There are also multiple good morning songs on YouTube that you can search through; find the one you like the best and press play! ”

Sing the song together. Use different songs for different activities if that works for you.

Song suggestions:  Good morning to the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
Good morning dear Baby
Good morning to you

Here Is the Way to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”

Here is the way we make our beds
Make our beds Make our beds
Here is the way we make our beds
So early in the morning

This book is all about encouraging talking and communication. I feel that without seeking this in our current day and age we may lose a lot of kids to the overwhelming world of social media and screens.   Some of the hands-on activities in this book could even be used for an older child. I certainly appreciate the expert advice and plan on implementing many of the activities and suggestions with my own children. This book is great! I recommend it!

* I have received this product for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased product review; all opinions are my own.*