Games to play with your preschooler


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… 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!






About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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