2 to 4 Years
2 to 4 Years
- Use good speech that is clear and simple for your child to model.
- Repeat what your child says indicating that you understand. Build
and expand on what was said. "Want juice? I have juice. I have apple
juice. Do you want apple juice?"
- Use baby talk only if needed to convey the message and when
accompanied by the adult word. "It is time for din-din. We will have
- Make a scrapbook of favorite or familiar things by cutting out
pictures. Group them into categories, such as things to ride on, things
to eat, things for dessert, fruits, things to play with. Create silly
pictures by mixing and matching pictures. Glue a picture of a dog
behind the wheel of a car. Talk about what is wrong with the picture
and ways to "fix" it. Count items pictured in the book.
- Help your child understand and ask questions. Play the yes-no game.
Ask questions such as "Are you a boy?" "Are you Marty?" "Can a pig
fly?" Encourage your child to make up questions and try to fool you.
- Ask questions that require a choice. "Do you want an apple or an orange?" "Do you want to wear your red or blue shirt?"
- Expand vocabulary. Name body parts, and identify what you do with
them. "This is my nose. I can smell flowers, brownies, popcorn, and
- Sing simple songs and recite nursery rhymes to show the rhythm and pattern of speech.
- Place familiar objects in a container. Have your child remove the
object and tell you what it is called and how to use it. "This is my
ball. I bounce it. I play with it."
- Use photographs of familiar people and places, and retell what happened or make up a new story.