Educational Games for Infants to Educate Early Language Concepts

In this article, Bright Horizons’ educational experts offer a few more intentional activities and games for speech and language development for your infant, toddler, or preschooler. Do these educational activities and learning games with your child to help jumpstart language acquisition. Get your students excited about learning with our collection of teacher-designed educational games.

With activities suited for preschool through 5th grade, your students will build foundational skills in everything from counting to reading comprehension, fractions to basic coding, and much more. Help your baby or toddler become a successful learner with these articles, activities, and resources. Encourage your child’s learning with engaging educational activities, and read our articles to gain insight into your baby’s emotional and mental development. JumpStart’s free, fun, and engaging baby activities will encourage the development of important skills like attention span, memory and language development. You will be able to spend quality time with your baby, play together, and have loads of fun while also teaching him/her important developmental skills.

Games like this build babies’ thinking and problem-solving skills. Putting It Together Between 6 and 12 months, babies begin to understand how different objects work together—what they can do in relationship to the other. When it comes to early speech and language intervention, the simplest actions and objects can inspire progress—especially with your littlest subjects. We researched popular and effective early intervention techniques and found that school-based SLPs and other types of school-based therapists continue to be a crafty, creative and innovative crew willing to share what works.

Baby Teaching Basics. Introduction to Early Learning. If intelligence is the ability to learn, then babies are born geniuses!

While a baby’s brain has the potential to learn just about anything, parents have an important role to play in determining just how much and how easily their baby learns. Approaches to Learning Creative Arts Language and Literacy Social Studies Mathematics Physical Health and Wellness Science Social and Emotional Activities are linked with Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood which define the skills and concepts children should know and do at various stages. Find creative games and activities to help you entertain and stimulate your 0 to 1½,-year-old child. Activities for Babies It’s Playtime, Baby!

12 Simple Developmental Activities to Try with Your Tot. Early Learning Activities for Babies. These sample activities support children’s learning in five areas of child development described in the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines: physical, social and emotional, approaches to learning, thinking, and communication and language. Zero to 6 Months.

Physical Well-Being, Health, and Movement Skills.

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Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff’s (2003) intriguingly titled book, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards, contains additional suggestions of informal games that parents and early educators can use to help children learn phonemic awareness and other early literacy skills in an enjoyable, playful manner.

“Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth” by Dorothy Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
from Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children’s Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
by Dorothy Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Oxford University Press, 2006

Supporting head start preschoolers’ language and early reading development: Tutoring as a tier approach.

“International Handbook of Early Childhood Education” by Marilyn Fleer, Bert van Oers
from International Handbook of Early Childhood Education
by Marilyn Fleer, Bert van Oers
Springer Netherlands, 2017

But such games do more than entertain; they improve socialization skills, teach such concepts as object permanence (peekaboo), coordination of words and actions (the itsy­bitsy spider), counting skills (one, two, buckle my shoe), and language skills (eyes, nose, mouth).

“What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Programs such as “Sesame Street” have fostered early word and letter recognition and language development—even in a second language.

“Christian Education: Foundations for the Future” by Robert E. Clark, Lin Johnson, Allyn K. Sloat, Kenneth Gangel, Edward Hayes, Wayne Widder, James Wilhoit, Wesley Willis, Warren Benson, Lynn Gannett, C Fred Dickason Jr, Dennis Dirks, Irving Jensen, Lawrence Richards, Michael Lawson, Robert J. Choun Jr, C Keith Mee, Valerie Wilson, Robert Clark, Pamela Campbell, Stanton Campbell, Perry Downs, Brian Richardson, Stanley Olsen, Carolyn Koons, Julie Hight, Marlene LeFever, James Plueddemann, Colleen Birchett, Marta Elena Alvarado, Johng Ook Lee, Doris Freese, J Omar Brubaker, Donald Geiger, Ray Syrstad, Dennis Williams, Harold Westling, Mark Senter III, Richard Patterson, Julie Gorman, Wesley Haystead, Lowell Brown, James Slaughter, Wayne Rickerson, Craig Williford, Cliff Schimmels, Robert Barron
from Christian Education: Foundations for the Future
by Robert E. Clark, Lin Johnson, et. al.
Moody Publishers, 1991

For example, many children want to learn words for finger, hand, ball, dog, bottle, Mommy, Daddy, and food.

“The Handbook of Linguistics” by Mark Aronoff, Janie Rees-Miller
from The Handbook of Linguistics
by Mark Aronoff, Janie Rees-Miller
Wiley, 2020

Older children teach social and intellectual skills: “Alphabets, colors, numbers, rhymes, word games, pen and pencil games are learned… from older children.

“How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition” by National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning with additional material from the Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice
from How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition
by National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, et. al.
National Academies Press, 2000

For other parents with similar children but less time or interest, I might teach them a specific strategy (e.g., focused stimulation; Ellis Weismer & Robertson, 2006).

“Children's Speech Sound Disorders” by Caroline Bowen
from Children’s Speech Sound Disorders
by Caroline Bowen
Wiley, 2014

• Encourage child-initiated requests • Teach vocabulary for the puzzle pieces (e.g., farm animals, shapes) • Turn-taking Puppets • Feeding puppet

“Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: A Resource Manual, Second Edition” by Jennifer A. Ostergren
from Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: A Resource Manual, Second Edition
by Jennifer A. Ostergren
Plural Publishing, Incorporated, 2019

Simon-Cereijido, GutiérrezClellen, and Sweet (2013) found similar patterns in a recent longitudinal analysis based on the outcomes of an intervention study with preschool 4-year-olds with language disorders.

“Handbook of Early Childhood Special Education” by Brian Reichow, Brian A. Boyd, Erin E. Barton, Samuel L. Odom
from Handbook of Early Childhood Special Education
by Brian Reichow, Brian A. Boyd, et. al.
Springer International Publishing, 2016

Linguistic games such as riddles, twenty questions or hangman have been used to teach problem solving and improve language vocabulary for centuries.

“Handbook of Research on Improving Learning and Motivation through Educational Games: Multidisciplinary Approaches: Multidisciplinary Approaches” by Felicia, Patrick
from Handbook of Research on Improving Learning and Motivation through Educational Games: Multidisciplinary Approaches: Multidisciplinary Approaches
by Felicia, Patrick
Information Science Reference, 2011

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