Babies and toddlers don’t need much to develop language skills. Here are Jocelyn’s top picks for toys that promote language and problem solving skills.*
At this age, your goal is to encourage eye contact, eye tracking, and localization to sound to set your baby up for language learning success
Your baby is beginning to make some vocalizations and can reach for more objects. Make sure to set up a tactile-enriching environment to help your child grow
As your child starts to grow, he/she can now sit independently and do a stacker or shape sorter with more confidence and independence. It’s time to introduce cause-and-effect toys and some early pretend play that will help your child develop new vocabulary for commenting.
After your child’s first birthday, he/she should have some words that are used to request and comment. Continue building in new speech patterns by focusing on animal sounds and sound effects for the environment. Start to have your child follow simple directions.
18 months-24 months
As your child approaches the 2nd birthday, you will begin to see a lot more words. Many children begin their second year combining 2-3 words together to request, question, and comment on the environment around them. Choose toys that will continue to stimulate your child’s language development by encouraging plenty of opportunity for communication.
At this time, your child may be in a daycare program, or may be at home with you and/or another caregiver. It is important to limit screen time and continue to encourage realistic conversations and play scenarios. Children in this stage love to pretend and create, so embrace that desire with plenty of hands-on arts and crafts projects
*This is not a comprehensive list