All our Talking Tots LOVE Totsy’s Big Yellow Ball!
Here’s a few ideas of how to help your child’s communication through ball play.
• Turn Taking game:
Rolling the ball to back and forwards to each other helps develop early communication skills such as attention, eye contact, copying, listening and taking turns.
• Ready, steady go game:
This game helps develop listening and waiting skills. Say “ready steady…” and then pause before saying “go”. Leave varying length of pauses and a long extended “go…oooo.” You can swap roles and let your child take the lead by him saying “ready, steady, go.”
• Action word choice game:
Pass the ball in different ways using a selection of verbs, such as rolling, bouncing, throwing, spinning and kicking. Take it in turns to choose the action. If more than two of you are playing … you can introduce the choice of which person to pass it to aswell.
• Prepositions game:
You can take turns to hide the ball in different places, such as behind the chair, under the cushion, next to the TV etc.
• Early word games:
Put some pictures or flashcards on the floor and roll the ball towards them, naming the one it lands on/closest to. With older children, you could keep the card you land on and the winner is the one with the most cards. With younger children you could choose pictures that have associated symbolic noises, such as cow/moo and car/brrmm.
Find different sized and coloured balls and sort them by colour or into big ones and little ones to teach these concepts.
Have fun! Lisa & Tracey