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Guest blog: Chatterbox Challenge 2016 with Talking Tots

We’re coming to the end of Chatterbox Challenge 2016 week and we hope you’ve enjoyed getting your little ones involved in some of the fun activities from our activity pack! Our final guest blog comes from Talking Tots who have some great ideas for indoor activities that are fantastic fun AND help promote speech and language development!

Winter is here and some of us are getting a lot of rain! A great game to help develop language skills when stuck indoors is to make an obstacle course!

 You can make an indoor obstacle course with some of the following household items:

  • Chairs
  • Sofas
  • Tables
  • Cushions
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Hula-hoops
  • Washing baskets
  • Balloons
  • Pop up tunnels
  • Ribbon/tape
  • Pegs
  • Hoops/balls

Once you’ve set the course up…you and your little one are ready to go!

  • Climb under or over chairs or tables
  • Crawl under blankets
  • Walk on top of chairs
  • Throw balls & balloons into baskets
  • Go through boxes like tunnels
  • Climb over the sofa
  • Jump from the sofa onto a big pile of pillows
  • Stand on cushions like stepping stones
  • Keep a balloon in the air for as long as possible
  • Limbo under ribbons

The possibilities are endless!

Repetition of key vocabulary helps to naturally promote speech and language development.

Key words for navigating your obstacle course could include:

  • In and out
  • On and off
  • Under and over
  • Through
  • Up and down
  • In front and behind
  • Sideways
  • Fast & slow
  • High & low
  • Bouncing
  • Walking
  • Jumping
  • Hopping
  • Crawling
  • Flying
  • Wiggling
  • Rolling
  • Falling (!)

And of course…our very favourite Ready, Steady ….Gooooo!

Talking Tots are once again supporting I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge:Ben & Holly’s Elf and Fairy Party. Thousands of Talking Tots pre-schoolers across the UK have been taking  part in the event to support I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

“This is the sixth year that we are supporting Chatterbox Challenge and I CAN is an ideal charity choice. We have been putting on our very own unique ‘Elf and Fairy Party’ sessions from February 8th – 14th 2016.”

The Talking Tots ‘Elf and Fairy Party ’session reinforces 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 school. Parents sometimes underestimate the power of play in developing communication skills, so we hope our ‘Elf and Fairy Party’ sessions showed parents how easy it is to make children’s learning exciting and fun. All this while raising money for a charity close to our hearts, that helps children who struggle with their speech, language and communication skills.

The ‘Elf and Fairy Party’ sessions saw children sponsored to join in different activities including fun-packed colour picture games, action rhymes & songs. It was a fun-filled active session that had all the children listening and following instructions while learning.

As part of the Chatterbox Challenge, Talking Tots also invited parents and their children who are new to the programme to join them in their charity fundraising event, with all funds going to I CAN. Parents can also download games and information on activities to do at home with their children, to encourage language development in a fun and playful manner . Click here for Talking Tots free Chatterbox Challenge downloads:

Tracey Park & Lisa Houghton

Founders of Talking Tots

Speech & Language Therapists


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