Toys versus objects

Who has children that enjoy random household items just as much if not more than new toys??

Right! The good news is, no matter what they are interested in, any object can be used to support language development, play skills, and engagement.

I should have a guessing game…..What is my sons favorite toy of the day here??

BREASTPUMP TUBING.

Excuse me while I hide in shame….but really we had a blast playing with tubing for days. We practiced hiding it, finding it, and drawing it. We worked on pronouns and turn taking (my turn, your turn). It wiggled and it stopped. The vocabulary was endless and while it was still mildly embarrassing to be playing with a tube, it was cheap and fun entertainment.

So, tell me, what does your child LOVE. Let’s brainstorm some simple and repetitive vocabulary to practice with those “toys.”

Published by Dr. Miranda Wolff

I am a speech-language pathologist and I specialize in early intervention. I obtained my Masters degree from Penn State University and my Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professions. I have worked in a variety of setting but most of my experience is working with preschool aged children. I thought I knew so much about that age and younger until I had my own children! I'm a proud mother of two wonderful boys and while they can be a challenge at times, they help me develop new skills and new ways to approach language development in a functional and motivating way I would never have truly grasped without them. I started this blog in an effort to share and support others while their little ones are growing and learning and also to support my fellow SLPs. I hope you find my posts helpful. My goal is to provide practical ideas and suggestions because I know first hand that setting out to do anything that isn't functional or motivating for you and your children won't give you the results or satisfaction we all hope to obtain while working with our little ones.

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