Welcome to Help Your Child Talk and Grow Smarter: this week's extract from the SpeechContacts Kindle and your chance to learn more about the way your child learns to talk.
This week, there's more about making up stories for your child. It's so easy. Enjoy watching as your child uses his own creativity to join in with your storytelling.
One of the great things about toddlers is they just love repetition. So use the same words and sentences in your story: the more you repeat, the more he'll love it.
Here's a story designed to encourage short phrases. It's built around the phrases "teddy eats" and "eats banana/cake/etc". When you make up similar stories, just follow these rules:
- Keep the phrases short.
- Repeat the same words many times.
- Tell the story often.
Teddy eats the banana. Teddy is still hungry.
Mummy gives him a biscuit. Teddy eats the biscuit. But Teddy is still hungry....
And so on ... Then make a big finish:
Teddy is full right up and he isn't hungry any more.
When you make up your stories about everyday objects, why not take photos of the objects, print them out and stick them in a book. Hey presto, your child has his very own story book. Or you can download pictures like the ones here, from dreamstime.com
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