16 Feb Spring In-teraction
The gloom of winter has temporarily taken a holiday and the sun has made a glowing appearance! What a delightful crisp, bright day.
Half term is finally upon us after what feels like an eternity of a January. But how can we entertain the little ones and make their days full of inspiring interactions? Today seems like the perfect day for a walk and talk – there are so many things we can talk about that will enrich language. Being able to categorise words is key in language development, so why not try and include some of the following topics in your conversations:
- colours; the sky is blue, the grass is green and the flowers are blooming for spring. Playing games like “can you find something that’s yellow” will entertain and teach children at the same time.
- flowers; tulips and daffodils are spring’s delights.
- animals; we can see dogs that go “woof” and cats that “miaow”, ducks that “quack” and rabbits that hop. We can talk about the sounds that animals make, or what they look like (four legs, 2 legs etc), or where we find them.
- activities; some people we see might be cycling, skate-boarding, walking, running, eating, sitting and laughing.
- sounds; running water of a stream, barking of dogs, conversations of people, wind rustling the trees. Listening skills are so important in language development, so lets encourage children to listen out for noises and talk about what is happening.
These are just some ideas to get you started, but go on… go walking and get talking!