Gift Ideas to Promote Speech and Language

The holidays are just around the corner!  One of our speech-language pathologists compiled a list of books and toys that would make great gifts and also help to promote speech and language development.

Books to Promote Speech and Language

  • No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli
    A fun and simple book for toddlers about appropriate behaviors (Draw on the wall? No! Draw on the paper? Yes!); targets problem solving and answering yes/no questions
  • Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae, David Wojtowycz
    A collection of rhyming poems for children 3 and up about jungle animals; targets rhyming skills and animal vocabulary
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll by Ken & Potter Keith Fulk
    A colorful book for older preschoolers that combines computer illustrations with nature photography to show the creatures demonstrating various actions such as ‘climb’ ‘dig’ and ‘eat’; targets action vocabulary
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury, Michael Rosen
    This is a classic book for children ages 4-8 that has a repetitive reading sequence, allowing children to remember and retell the story; targets sequencing of actions
  • The Splendid Spotted Snake: A Magic Ribbon Book by Alexander Wilensky, Betty Schwartz
    A great book for children 3 and up, this book incorporates a sturdy, polka-dotted cotton ribbon to make the snake grow bigger and spots change color with each turn of a page; targets articulation of /s/ sound and color vocabulary
  • Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger
    This one is appropriate for ages 4-8, this book follows the transformation of a shy rodent with a speech impediment to hero of the class; targets articulation of /r/ sound and is an ego booster for any child that has been bullied or teased

 Games and Toys to Promote Speech and Language

  • Shopping List Memory Game
    A 2-4 player game for children ages 3-7; be the first one to race around the store and collect all the groceries on your shopping list; targets memory skills and food vocabulary
  • Elephant’s Trunk
    A 2-4 player game for ages 4+ years with no reading required;  help the elephant pack by placing a piece of clothing into the matching colored trunk; targets clothing and color vocabulary
  • Educational Insights Laundry Jumble Game
    A game for 4-15 year olds; using only your sense of touch, reach inside the dryer to find the animal’s missing clothing item on your card; targets clothing vocabulary and counting
  • Zingo! Sight Words
    This one is for pre-kindergarten to 2nd grade, this game combines the fun of Bingo with learning to recognize important, commonly used words; targets sight words
  • Aquadoodle
    A fun toy for ages 2+ that allows children to draw and doodle with water without making a mess; encourages creative play
  • Puzzles
    Check recommended age range when selecting a puzzle; also consider a puzzle that will expose new vocabulary (i.e. objects, animals, shapes, letters)
  • Mr. Potato Head
    Classic activity for ages 2 and up, this popular toy targets body parts and clothing vocabulary

Also check out this website recommended by one of our parents:  They have a great search engine to find the perfect gift. You can search by gender, age, price, categories (books, games, puzzles, etc.), and interests (dinosaurs, fairy tales, science).