Bag of Tricks: Speech & Language Tools

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  • 25 Months 1 Week - Fostering a Love for Letters

    Roman working on puzzlesYou may have been noticing that your child is more into letters these days!  They may be going to school where it is a print-rich environment or they may be around lots of puzzles.  Whatever the reason is there’s lot of ways to foster the love for letters.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Roman playing catOne of our favorite toys to target letter is the Melissa and Doug See and Spell wooden puzzle.  We love it because it not only has the letters but the picture of the item you are spelling.  Of course at this age they do not have to label letters, say letter sounds, or spell/read words, but it is the perfect time to start introducing letter sounds.  Letter magnets are also a great way to target letters sounds.                                                                                                                                                                                   

    Roman at the YO signOther toddler-friendly ways to target letter sounds is through their 5 senses.  For instance, you can trace letters in shaving cream or make letters with play dough.  We even love eating our letters in alphabet soup!  And it does not always have to be a planned activity.  You can be walking down the street and spell out the letters of a store or driving down the road and spell out the letters on a truck you see.  And of course reading and singing letter songs like the alphabet is a perfect way to encourage love for letters!