Fun with Bags

Children love bags.  At chatterjacks we start each session looking in Jacks bag.  Why not try this at home with your little ones.  

Use your bag to help learn new words.  

Fill it with items and pull out and name them.

Use your bag to help learn action words.

Fill it with items and pull them out and see if they can name what you do with them.  e.g car you can drive, ice cream you can eat

Use your bag to help to learn category sorting.

Fill it with a variety of items that can be sorted into categories like food, clothes, toys.

Use your bag to help answer who and where questions.

Fill it with photographs of people and places your child is familiar with,can they answer the 'who and where' questions. 

Fun with Bubbles

Bubbles are great fun and children of all ages just love them.

Here are some of the best ways to use bubbles to help with your child’s language development.


 Use bubbles to promote eye contact.

Engage your child in a fun bubble blowing activity. Watch for the anticipation of more bubbles. Wait for eye contact before you blow more bubbles.


 Use bubbles to encourage your child to make a request.

Try blowing the bubbles then screwing the lid on tight, and giving them back to your child. Wait to see what they do. If after trying to open the bubbles themselves unsuccessfully, they hand them back to you for help, if they do this they have just made a request.


Use bubbles to teach a sounds or simple words

When your child requests for more try, modeling the sound /m/ for more, /b/ for bubbles, or /p/ for pop (pop bubbles).  By modelling the sounds and the simple words it will encourage your child to copy.  Remember keep your language really simple (which can be harder than we think us adults do love to talk).


Use bubbles to teach turn taking.

Bubbles are a fun way to teach my turn, your turn. Basic turn taking routines teach kids the skills for conversational turn taking. This can work really well if you have two or more children at home and they have to wait to get there turn to pop the bubbles, you may want to say “these bubbles are for Jack… everyone else do good waiting”.


Use bubbles to teach lip rounding for the sounds w/, /oo/, and /o/.  

When your child blows bubbles through a wand, watch the shape of their lips. If they are round, great! If they are more on the flat side try squeezing their cheeks forward to get their lips in the right position.