Take toys or pictures of different objects. The goal of “What is It” game is to exercise the sentence structure and more vocabulary asking questions and giving answers, e.g.:
What is this? This is an apple.
What is this? It is a plate.
You can choose the words that rhyme, e.g.:
What is this? It’s a cat.
What is this? It’s a hat.
You can give answers, and older infants can do this.
Game for a child is not just and entertainment. It is one of the ways of learning about the world. Playing, with the dolls for example, a child dives into the human world, acquires human relationships and realizes himself. Therefore it is important to choose the right name for a toy.
- If a toy is soft, and it is an animal, you can give it a usual animal name e.g. Little Elephant or Elly, Little Monkey etc. Also you can give the toy a name associated with this animal. For example Mickey Mouse, Teddy Bear an so on.
- If a toy is a doll, it can be given a human name. But do not give it your baby’s name, for him not to associate himself with a doll.
- If you have subject toys, you can give them names concerning a particular subject, e.g. Nurse, Doctor, Builder etc. This will not only develop the outlook of your baby, but also will give an opportunity to play the so-called stage director games.
- If the toy looks like an unknown object, you can give it any name you wish, even if it is a name that does not exist. Later when your child will start speaking, let him create unknown names himself. This is a great opportunity for creativity and collaboration of a child and the adult.
You should know
– Baby learns:
- the sentence and word structure,
- the way words are put together in fixed phrases,
- vocabulary, words,
- rhyme and rhythm.
– By the age of one year an average infant knows 1,000 words in his native language and understands basic sentence structures, even before he can talk.