“Communication works for those who work at it.” — John Powell
We all agree that communication is an important life skill. Communication skills allow children to express themselves and convey their needs. Like many other skills, children learn to communicate by watching their parents. A research paper suggests that responsive families and teachers are critical for stimulating the child’s communication skills.
Here are a few guidelines that every parent should follow while communicating with their children:
In this article, we will cover four interesting activities that foster communication in children.
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It is a famous activity used by teachers across the world to foster communication in young children. It consists of picking an object such as a toy and describing it to the audience. It allows children to communicate their thoughts and feelings about an object. It can be played when it is just you and your child.
Requirements: A basket of different age-appropriate things such as a pen, pencil box, eraser, etc.
Parental Involvement: Moderate
Pro Tip: Make a list of probing questions that will make it easy for the child to describe the toy.
It is an interesting game that can be played at a birthday party or even at a sleepover. It improves the child’s skill of factually describing the object.
Requirements: A big cardboard box with a hole large enough to fit their hands, a basket of objects preferably ones with a texture such as an orange or wood.
Parental Involvement: Moderate
Pro Tip: Reward the child when they guess the object correctly, just to keep things interesting.
It is a spin on the legendary Dumb Charades. In this activity, children pick up chits with emotional everyday scenarios written on them such as losing a pencil or waiting in a line. The child then enacts or draws the scenario and emotions associated with the scene.
Requirements: List of different age-appropriate scenarios, whiteboard, and markers
Parental Involvement: High
Pro Tip: Team up and make it a competition!
It is a simple activity that can help children build longer sentences with little effort. In this activity, a child can start the sentence with ‘who’ and end the sentence with ‘why.’ It can be played alone or in a group.
Requirements: A chart stating — Who, What, When, Where, How, Why
Parental Involvement — High
Pro Tip: Make it interesting by putting in rules such as the answer to ‘when’ must be ‘at night.’ It will encourage children to stretch their imagination as well.
These are simple activities that require little to no preparation and can be carried out anywhere. They will surely improve your child’s communication skills. Have you tried any of these before?
What are some go-to activities you rely on to improve your child’s communication skills? Let us know in the comments below.
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