Learning doesn’t only take place at school. Find out how activities such as reading books like Talk, Play, and Ready with Me Daddy by Gramlich can help your children learn the language.







Children can benefit from playtime. Playtime is a significant source of developing and learning. Participating and engaging in playtime routines are an effective way for children to develop their language and communication skills. They also help children become more socially and emotionally confident and are a positive way to develop close friendships. When parents talk about interactive activities, reading is, undoubtedly, an activity that children can constantly do.







Some books offer fun and engaging activities that use language to educate children while making it enjoyable. An example of this book is Talk, Play, and Read with Me Daddy by Gramlich – a book that encourages children to participate in different child based activities that help them develop their expressive and receptive language skills. 







Here are some games and playtime activities that use language as a source of fun and entertainment: 














Sharing stories, natural or make-believe, can be a good source of bonding time with your children while helping to develop their communication skills. This activity will also help build on their expressive and receptive language skills and allow them to tap into their imagination and creative mind. You can also broaden your children’s imagination through reading and sharing fantasy stories. Nurture their creativity as you make up stories about anything around them.







Word Games







Children expand their vocabularies by playing word games. Games such as I Spy, Charades, or Can You Name It, or Pictionary for Kids are excellent games for developing their vocabulary and communication skills. While these games enhance a child’s language and speech skills, they can also improve their cognitive abilities because these games require thinking and sharpness of mind.














Aside from encouraging musical skills, songs can also help children learn new words. These songs are written with a sense of rhyme and rhythm, so learning them will be easy, entertaining, and catchy for children to sing along to. Additionally, simply putting a tune to any activity can be a fun game you can play with your children.














Creating riddles is an entertaining way to use words and paint pictures of scenes or situations. Read or say riddles aloud to each other. In addition, you can also explain to your children the different definitions of words they are curious about and their proper usage. Practicing the art of riddle makes children more creative when expressing themselves with a variety of words.














Telling age-appropriate jokes will also help foster good humor and creativity in children. This also encourages wordplay and imagination. You can read through kid-friendly joke books and take turns telling witty and imaginative stories.














Exposing children to a variety of vocabulary words can enhance children’s usage of words and articulation, listening skills, memory retention, and speech development. When it comes to rhymes, you can use words for chanting, reading, writing, or hearing.














Homonyms promote listening and comprehension skills by learning words with similar sounds but have different meanings. Ask your children to think of words that sound alike and let them try to define and differentiate each one. This can also give you an idea of how much your children’s vocabulary has expanded. Lastly, you can also determine if they are understanding the words correctly.







Tongue twisters







Tongue twisters are a friendly and fun way to teach children the correct pronunciation and enunciation of words. Moreover, it is a fun way to train their tongue to pronounce words. Start with simple ones and work your way up.







There are many games and activities that allow children to learn and attend, but the most important thing is to keep them engaged, curious and focused.  Learning should be fun and educational at the same time and allow children to tap into their imagination and skillful mind.




Jo Ann Gramlich is an award-winning author and speech-language pathologist specializing in helping children with communication disorders in Buffalo, New York. She holds a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from SUNY Buffalo and has extensive experience in early intervention, preschool, and school settings. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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