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Early Interaction Games

Play is the way children learn best – and parents and carers are a baby’s favourite playmate. You don’t need expensive toys - just a few minutes at a time to have fun together.

 To get the most out of these types of games, remember;

  • Use simple short phrases of only 1 or 2 words
  • Your child may only play for a very short time at first but keep trying!
  • Be face to face and at the same level as your child
  • Offer simple choices during play by holding up real objects e.g. “Ball or Bubbles?” Use the same words each time you play.

  • Peek-a-boo – Put a blanket or soft sheet over your child’s face and ask “Where’s (name)?” Then quickly pull the blanket away and say “There s/he is!” or “peek-a-boo!”

    Tickle game – hold out your hands, look expectantly and say “tickles!” before tickling your child. Leave your hands out a little longer each time to encourage them to wait and anticipate what is coming.

    Bubbles – Blow some bubbles up in to the air then hold out the bubble wand and wait for your child to look or show they want some more. Wait a little longer each time before blowing the bubbles to encourage longer attention.

    Wind up toys – Wind up the toy, hold it out and wait for the child to look or show you they want the toy to go. Wait a little longer each time you play. If the child is really motivated, only wind the toy a small amount then wait to see if they will ask you to wind more. This also works well with squeeze toys, jack in the box or spinning tops.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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