Fun language games to help your child’s vocabulary

These days, car trips (whether long or short) often result in the kids watching something on a device, and losing a great opportunity to communicate with their parents and build their vocabulary. It can be really tricky to come up with some fun activities to play when you’re in the car, so Lauren from North Shore Speech Therapy has done the hard work for you.

Your child’s vocabulary is hugely important – it allows them to communicate their ideas more clearly, understand new work and concepts in the classroom, become better readers and writers and therefore helps them to better access the school curriculum.

Research shows that repetition of new vocabulary concepts and discussion of new words and their meanings increases the chances that your child will remember these words, and use them! Just think of the benefits that playing a few of these games on your daily school commute will have.

The games that Lauren shows you today explore three key areas of vocabulary: synonyms, categories and word associations, and specific vocabulary. The games can be easily adapted for younger or older children, and might even challenge you too!

Stay tuned for more videos from Lauren, exploring some important language milestones and when you should be looking out for these in your little ones. For more information, go to the North Shore Speech Therapy website, where Lauren releases a new video each week.

Lauren Reinhardt is a Speech Pathologist and Mother of twins. She grew up on the North and works with her awesome team of Speechies at North Shore Speech Therapy, Neutral Bay, Chatswood and Hornsby As well as supervising other Speech Pathologists, Lauren has presented nationally, co-authored resource books and her team regularly consults for The Department of Education and Independent schools around Sydney. Lauren is passionate about changing lives through helping families improve communication. “Children entering school with more words do better socially, emotionally and academically. Every child deserves to understand and express themselves and every parent deserves to learn how to help their kids achieve this.” - Lauren

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