At this age, they understand far more than they can actually say. Your child may be copying familiar simple phrases they have heard from family, friends or favourite tv programmes already and repeat these whilst playing. Pretend play is a fun way to practice talking!
Using props to spark your child’s imagination will encourage them to express themselves verbally. They can express their emotions, recreate familiar home routines such as bedtime or bring favourite story/tv characters to life.
Whilst playing together you will be labelling and describing objects, introducing new words, asking questions teaching them to follow simple instructions, turn taking.
Remember to give your child time to react and follow their lead.
Use teddies, small world toys, puppets, Follow your child’s interest!
Have fun giving teddy or dolly breakfast or create a car mat together for playing with vehicles. Gather some household objects and toys for a pretend play shop.