It's easy to think there are specialist games and resources that are best for developing children's language skills at all ages. In fact, there are lots of games (secret language weapons!) in almost every household that are excellent for developing understanding, expressive language and social skills. Some of them you don't even need to buy! The list below is more suited to primary aged children (4-11):
1. Guess who? Develops turn taking, eye contact, question formulation, category knowledge, theory of mind (thinking about what others know and are thinking)
2. Headbandz. Develops similar skills to Guess who?
3. I went to market.... Develops listening and attention, eye contact, auditory and working memory, sequencing, expressive language.
4. 20 questions (can also be achieved with Alexa, try saying, "Alexa, read my mind")...Develops understanding and vocabulary, categorisation and sub-categorisation, theory of mind.
5. Shopping list...Develops vocabulary and categorisation, turn taking, memory, social skills.
The best thing about all these games and activities is that children don't realise they've developing their language skills!
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