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Toddlers may be too young to be able to play word games, but as soon as they start talking, you can play sound games based on word games that older children enjoy! Here are some fun ideas:-
- I-Spy: Rather than playing I-Spy for words beginning with letters, play I-Spy for things beginning with sounds. For example, I-Spy with my little eye, something beginning with 'TR' (for 'tree'), 'K' (for car) or 'Sh' (for sheep)
- Alphabet Animals: Go through the alphabet giving the sound for each letter and ask your little one to name an animal beginning with that sound. Couple this with a trip to a petting farm or zoo where they can learn new animal names!
- Word Chains: Look around and say the name of something that you see. Then have your little one say a word that begins with the sound of the last letter. For example, you might start with Table, then your toddler must offer a word beginning with 'L', perhaps Lamp. Then you say a word beginning with 'P' and so on...
- Sounding Words: Take words and sound them out with your toddler so that they begin to understand sounds and syllables. This will give them a head start when they start to learn spelling phonetically at school! Trak-ter, spag-ett-ee, okt-o-puss, tel-er-vish-un and so on. Have your little one sound out words for objects they see in the room.
These games are great to play when you have to pass time, perhaps when you are waiting at the doctor's or dentist's, on a car journey, or queuing at the supermarket.