I should start this post off with thanks to my sisters and good friend for working together with me to complete our project (completed in 2011)……Play Smart!…..many of you may know that Play Smart! is a book that we wrote and it is available on the Itunes Store as a readable app and available as an Ibook. This post below is taken from the preschool section of our book….and after having a conversation with my friend Melissa….she indicated that someone else stated that I should post more information about preschool activities. If you read under my Articulation page up top you will see strategies to help you help your little one with sound production……under teach me to talk you will see activities you can do to enhance your little one’s expressive language……..however……I see that I do need some more information regarding preschoolers….and how to improve their expressive language and receptive language. So the activity below is so easy to do….and of course just as Play Smart! purports…..you do not need to buy anything to have fun with your little one while addressing overall developmental skills.
Place various objects in a paper bag.
Have your preschooler take one object out of the bag and keep it hidden from you. Using her best vocabulary words and describing words, have her describe what she took out of the bag without identifying the object. This play activity is a great way to enhance vocabulary development and in her ability to define words. It also enhances the ability to provide characteristics related to objects and increases expressive language skills.
Next, it is your turn to take an object out of the bag and describe it to your preschooler. See if she is able to identify the object based upon the characteristics you provide. To work on memory skills, see if she can recall the words you provided as describing words. Ask, “Do you remember the describing words I used for banana?” After the items are removed from the bag, sort objects together into their correct category. For example put all of the clothing items in one pile, the pretend food items in another and the toys in another pile. This activity works on expressive language , receptive language, memory skills, vocabulary knowledge and categorization skills.
Hope this was helpful!