Games to develop language skills

Lately I found this wonderful shop which sells all sorts of pedagogic games and tools for children: www.okani.no. I thought I could select half a dozen of them to be recommended if you want to improve your child’s language skills at home:

For very small children:

  1. Board books with moving pictures or 3D pictures: you can flip and flap objects and animals and children love that. My son’s favorite is called “What have you got Mr Croc” by Jo Lodge . He loves getting scared when we get to the last page and the crocodile opens wide his big jaws;-)
  2. Cards series with a special theme like “things that go together” or “opposites”, etc… Those are really great because there’s no writing on the cards so you can use them in any language you please.
  3. Sound bingo is a great game to play with small children: you play the cd, and each time they recognize the animal which made the sound, they put a pawn on the animal’s picture on their board. The winner is the one who completes his board first. Sound bingo also exists with picture of objects like a car, a mobile phone, a violin, etc… You can also have everyday sounds, nature sounds, etc… For the smallest, I would definitely recommend the animals.

For children who are learning how to read and write:

  1. Junior scrabble is really great for children who are starting to read and write. You have two different games in the box: one for the new-beginners and one for those who can already write a bit. A “must have” game!
  2. Lecto foto is also a great game in which children can associate a picture and a word. The excellent thing with that game is that children can correct themselves as each picture card is connected to a word card with a color code. If the colors don’t match, the picture and the word cannot correspond. That game exists at least in English, Norwegian, French and Spanish.
  3. Puzzles with sentences and pictures: when solving those cardboard puzzles, children have to make a sentence correspond to its illustration. When the two don’t match, the pieces don’t fit, just like in an ordinary puzzle game.

And there are plenty more interesting games that you can have at home in order to help your child develop her language skills. So take a look in shops and on the internet, and I’m sure you’ll find a couple of exciting games to give to your child for a birthday or for Chrismas. A pedagogic game doesn’t have to be boring!

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