Play the Name Game

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Although it’s great to talk to your baby in full sentences, this can also make it hard for a baby to separate the name of an item from the noise. So today we played a game that focused on nouns!

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I divided common items into four categories:

  • Toys: block, rattle, and car
  • Food: banana, apple, and lettuce (Note: these were soft toys, not the real version)
  • Clothing: shoe, sock, and diaper
  • Kitchen: spoon, bowl, and cup

Within each category, I placed them before her and named them. “Where is the rattle?” you can say, before handing over the rattle, saying just “rattle” again as baby touches it.

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She had clear favorites, reaching for them. I gave her time to touch (and mouth!) each object, and then named all three in the category again before moving on to the next.

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She was really fascinated by the kitchen items, since these are new to her – a nice reminder that solid food isn’t far off!

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And ha, she seemed to look at me and say, “A diaper, Mom? Really?” when I presented her with that.

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Good thing she didn’t put that one in her mouth! Socks were more interesting.

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Breaking down language like this on occasion is great for your baby’s brain, so take a pause and enjoy this little game. What categories of items did you show your little one? Please share in the comments!

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