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Talking Tots supporting Chatterbox Challenge 2015!

We are delighted to announce that Talking Tots will be continuing their support for Chatterbox Challenge 2015. The following guest blog looks forward to this year’s Challenge and reflects back on the fantastic, fun Talking Tots activities during Chatterbox Challenge 2014. To find out more about Talking Tots, visit their website.

Talking Tots, the UK’s leading programme for developing children’s communication skills did their very own unique ‘Colour Chaos’ sessions in 2014, continuing to support I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge 2014: Sounds like Fun with Humf. Thousands of Talking Tots pre-schoolers across the UK took part in the event all in aid of I CAN’s work. This is the fourth year that Talking Tots have supported the Challenge and we’re thrilled that they are supporting this year’s Chatterbox Challenge 2015: Garden Adventures with Ben & Holly.

The Talking Tots ‘Colour Chaos’ session for Chatterbox Challenge 2014 reinforced the ethos of developing children’s communication skills through activity, play and FUN! Children learn best when engaged in something they enjoy, where skills include the physical aspects as well as listening, taking turns and verbalising the action.

“Developing children’s communication skills from a young age will ensure children have an enjoyable childhood, because they are able to socialise with others, communicate confidently, make friends, and have that important head start with pre-literacy skills for when they start formal education,” said Lisa Houghton, co-founder of Talking Tots. “Parents sometimes under-estimate the power of play and activity in developing communication skills, so our ‘Colour Chaos’ session hopefully showed parents how easy it is to make children’s learning exciting and fun. And all this while raising money for a charity close to our hearts that helps children who struggle with speech, language and communication skills.”

In the ‘Colour Chaos’ session the children joined in different activities including colour picture games, action rhymes & songs.  It was an active session where children showed good listening skills and followed instructions while learning. Parents could also download games and information on activities to do do at home with children, to encourage language development in a fun and playful manner.

“From the time a baby is born, parents already start communicating with them, through talking, reading, singing and playing games. These are all means of developing children’s communication skills that don’t cost anything but parents’ time, but it is a time investment that will have huge benefits because a confident communicator will be able to fully participate in school and socially in any setting. And, it’s a skill they will have for life,” said Tracey Park, co-founder of Talking Tots.

Chatterbox Challenge week is 9-15th February 2015 but groups can take part in the Challenge at any time of the year. You can register for your free fundraising activity pack and find out about Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and TTS prizes on the Chatterbox Challenge 2015 Website. To keep up to date with Chatterbox Challenge please follow I CAN on Twitter and like us on Facebook!