It seems that a lot of children these days prefer TV, tablets and phones to the old-school toys and board games. It is true that there are technological resources that promote development of language, but we must also not forget about the play-and-learn component from our own childhoods. This holiday season, we have some ideas for non-tech (and still fun!) gifts to encourage your children’s language and learning.
1. Traditional Toys
Depending on your kiddo’s age, getting him or her a fun, colorful toy is the perfect option. According to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, toys that talk or make sounds discourage vocalization on the child’s part. So blocks, dolls, puzzles and trains/cars that get you and your child talking are the best bet!
No gift list can exist without a good books. Whether it’s a book with texture for infants to touch, colorful pictures for toddlers to describe or fun poems to read, anything goes for language and development.
3. Board Games
While we all have competitive “Monopoly” players, board games are very good conversation setters. Games for every age encourage more family time, connections and fun.
4. Costumes and Props for Dress Up Play
Spark your child’s imagination with a wand, a dress or a top hat (there are other options, of course). Take photos, film videos and do what your child’s creative heart desires.
5. Art tools
Help your child build literacy skills by drawing and crafting.
Get more ideas here: Asha.org blog