Mother's Day is right around the corner. It's this Sunday, May 12th. You can help your toddler make a Mother's Day gift or craft while working on toddler speech and language skills. Here's how to do it:
Make sure you reinforce good speech and language during the activities.
Use correct grammar and sentence structure. Clearly pronounce your words and sentences when communicating with your toddler. If your toddler says a word incorrectly or uses improper sentence structure just go back and correctly say what he or she said.
Talk about what your toddler is doing as he or she is completing the craft.
This is called parallel talk. Talk about and describe everything your toddler is doing as he or she is doing it. This will help build both receptive and expressive language skills.
Listen to your toddler
Acknowledge what your toddler says to you. Let your child know that what he or she says is important even if you cannot understand it. Your toddler will want to talk and communicate with you because you value what he or she has to say to you.
Praise your toddler
Make sure to give your toddler lots of praise when he or she makes attempts at communicating. Once you give your toddler praise you’ll notice that he or she will continue to try to communicate with you which will get your toddler talking and communicating even faster!
Here is a list of some toddler friendly Mother's Day crafts and activities you can pair with the above speech tips to help your toddler talk:
- Mother's Day Crafts for Toddlers
- 13 Mother's Day Crafts Ideas for Kids
- 10 Mother's Day Crafts for Preschoolers and Toddlers
- 3 Mother's Day Crafts Simple Enough for a Toddler
- Toddler Thursday: Kid Crafts and Recipes for Mother's Day
To learn more speech and language tips to help your toddler talk and communicate faster, be sure to check out my book on Amazon Kindle, Talking With Todders - 52 Tips to Boost Speech and Language Skills.