I am working with my toddler on developing speech. After speaking with other moms and my toddlers doctor I decided to switch up how we play in the afternoons, to see if it would improve her speech.
One of the activities we do in the afternoon is dramatic play. My toddler really enjoys pretending, so I decided we would communicate more during this time and I would introduce other activities related to the dramatic play theme for that day.
We chose a day at the grocery store.
I like to start out by reading books that are related to our play time activities. In this case because we were playing grocery store we read a picture book about food and we looked and talked about the pictures in a cookbook. Other good reading activities would be coupons flyers, a food magazine, or a menu with pictures of food.
Then we pretended to go shopping at the grocery store. I used boxes from foods that she enjoyed or foods that she recognized. we talked about the food that she was buying and she pretended she was a cashier and played on the cash register.
Finally she was able to cook her food on her play stove. I asked her about the items of food she was cooking, we talked about the food color, we talked about the taste of the food, and we used words like hot, cold, smooth, bumpy, big, and small.
We ended our dramatic play time by pretending to have lunch with all the foods she bought from the store or cooked on the stove. I let her set the table making sure to point and name all of the dishes she chose to play with.
We had a fun afternoon.