Itsy Bitsy Spider app

Play Itsy Bitsy Spider with your child to practice these Parent Skills: Use simple, grammatical sentences.  Use your voice. Let your voice get really low on the word “down” Start a conversation. For example, if your child notices the cupcake, that’s your cue to talk about cupcakes. Remember apps are not going to benefit your […]

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Guess Who? board game

Players 2 Play time 20 Min Age 6+ Reading None required Set up Adult assembly 15-20 minutes, first time only Classic games with your child’s favorite characters make great gift ideas. Hint to Grandparents… These special editions of classic games are a great way to give a gift that shows you know what he or she […]

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Candy Land game

Candy Land is a classic game that teaches… turn-taking following directions using pronouns colors It doesn’t require reading so it’s easier for 2 1/2 to 3-year-olds. Parents can also be on the lookout for conversation opportunities during the game, such as “Oh no. I got sent back. I feel a little frustrated.” Remember to pause often to […]

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

 Parent Skills: OWL: Observe, Wait, Listen Follow your child’s lead Sample interaction: Parent: It’s reading time! Pick out a book. (Wait while the child gets a book and gets settled) Child: Bear (as she/he points) Parent: He looks nice. Child:  Grrrr Parent: Oh yeah, he’s got claws. Pause. Then if child seems finished talking, read the […]

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Ants in the Pants game

Players 2-4 Play time 10 Min Age 4+ (3-12 on BoardGameGeek community) Reading None required Ants in the Pants game on Amazon

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Sorry! game

Players 2-4 Play time 30 Min Age 6+ (4+ on BoardGameGeek community) Setup time 1-5 minutes Tip for new or young players: Use the Relaxation Start to allow one of her pawns to start on the board, rather than having to wait until she draws a 1 or 2 card as stated in the normal rules. The […]

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Trouble game

Kids love the sound and the feel of the Pop-O-Matic bubble as a fun method to roll dice. The quick set-up and short playing time make it a good choice when you have a limited amount of time or for short attention spans.   Players 2–4 Age range family Setup time 1 minutes Playing time […]

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Cooking Conversation

Experts agree that sitting down together as a family at dinner time has many benefits, see more at the Family Dinner Project.  Preparing the meal can offer a great chance to work on developing communication skills with your child, even a toddler.  Whether your an accomplished chef or just reheating leftovers, the familiar location of […]

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