toys to elicit language

Toys to Elicit Language from Birth to Three




Your child’s first three years of life are the most intensive period for speech and language development. Children learn through modeling, imitation, and most importantly; through play. Below are some examples of toys that will help elicit language and communication in your child. It’s important to keep in mind that these toys will not teach your child language all on their own; your interaction with your child while using the toys is where the magic happens. Narrate your actions, take turns, label nouns and verbs, and HAVE FUN!

Toys to help elicit language in your 0-3 year old:

Interactive Toys/Turn-taking

  • Drums
  • “Microphones”
  • Slinky
  • Ball Tub
  • Mirror

Toys for Requesting/Joint Attention

  • Puzzles
  • Blacks
  • Wind-up toys/Light-up toys
  • Bubbles
  • Balloons

Toys to Target Sounds, Single Words, and Phrases

  • Books
  • Stuffed animals (think farm animals and animal noises)
  • Barn with animals
  • Baby doll/puppet
  • Hygiene items (e.g., toothbrush, washcloth, etc.)
  • Clothing for doll/puppet
  • Dish set
  • Stroller
  • Doll House
  • Car Wash
  • Basketball + hoop
  • Cooking set + food
  • Grocery cart
  • Train set
  • Cash register
  • Play-doh and accessories
  • Doctor set

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