Christmas Toys for Late Talkers

It’s the Holidays! We have lights up, stockings hung and excitement for this season buzzing through the house. It is also time to start on your Christmas list and for your child to write those letters to Santa.

Do you have a late talker? Do you have a child that you want to help develop a rich vocabulary and a love of reading?

I’d love to share some of my favorite toys and books that provide lots of opportunities to model language, teach skills through play, engage kids and build vocabulary. These would be a great addition to any Christmas list.

I love this list of toys and books from  “I Can Teach My Child”. This list has toys that help develop motor skills, encourage language development and encourage pretend play. CLICK HERE


These toys help to encourage pretend play, language development, fine motor and cognitive skills.


Click the picture below to view this adorable kitchen in my Amazon Store.



I would like to share some tips on how to encourage language skills while using a toy kitchen set. You can work on receptive language (understanding language-like following directions, vocabulary and descriptors), expressive language (building sentence length, vocabulary, actions, etc) and social language through turn taking.

Vocabulary: food items (carrots, noodles, chicken, butter, etc), kitchen supplies (pots, pans, knife, coffee pot, spatula, etc), and actions (cut, stir, bake, etc). Be sure to model new words by commenting and not questioning. Comments teach and questions test. Try,  “oh butter. We put butter on bread. Let’s eat this butter,” instead of, “what is this?” If your child does not yet know a word you need to provide lots of opportunities for them to learn it.

Using more language: Expand on your child’s utterances. If they say “carrots,” model more language with a sentence like, “Yum, let’s eat more carrots.” Introduce colors and numbers to older children. “These carrots are orange. We have 3 of them.”  Children can also work on requesting items and using simple sentences like, “I want ____.”,  “give me ___.”

Following directions: For younger kids practice following one-step directions like, “Put the onion in the bowl”, “Stir the soup”, “Put the napkin on the table.” Older kids can start to practice multi-step directions like, “First get a bowl, then pour the milk in it.” “Get the strawberries and wash them in the sink.”


Have fun playing with your child. Be engaged and think of fun ways to sneak learning into playtime.