Good Night Gorilla

It’s bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who’s that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin? Excerpted from Amazon Parent Skills you can practice in Goodnight Gorilla Child: Ball (pointing to the ball in the cage) Following your child’s lead Parent: […]

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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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Uno Card game

Players 2-10 (Best: 4-6 on BoardGameGeek.) Play time 30 Min Age 6+ Reading Yes, but younger children can use My First Uno which comes in several themes. Uno Card Game on Amazon  

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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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