Language Activities for Home

There are many games and activities you can play at home that support the language development of children. Below are some ideas!

  1. Choose books your child enjoys reading and for each page or paragraph, ask comprehension questions, like who, what, when, where, why and how. If they have difficulty with answering, assist them by modeling what a “when” answer sounds like (ex. The dog slept at night)

  2. Have story-telling time where you retell stories or books together. Show them what telling a story looks like by telling a story yourself, then ask them to do so.

  3. When reading a book together, make predictions about the story and what will happen. Talk about what you think the book is about or what you think will happen next. As you read the book, discuss whether your predictions were right.

  4. When reading together and you come across a word or phrase that is unfamiliar, discuss these with your child as you come across them. Try using them in a sentence, or describe how you would use the word/phrase.

  5. Put on plays together or role-play. Create your own story or use this activity to re-tell a familiar story.

  6. Play category games; name as many animals, fruits, instruments, colors, clothing, etc. as you can. Try to see how many you can do in one minute.

  7. Play I Spy around the house or on a walk. This can help children with describing.

  8. Play same/different games with your child. Take two items (ex. an apple and an orange) and ask how the two items are the same and different.

  9. Cook or bake from a recipe. This can help with receptive (understanding) language skills and sequencing. Have your child teach a recipe to a family member. This can help with expressive (spoken) language skills and sequencing.

  10. Practice sequencing by using a real life situation such as, “tell me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” Watch this video for a great example of this game!