From “Head to Toe” by Eric Carle is another one of my favorite books to elicit language. This book encourages every child, regardless of their developmental level, to participate. The book is repetitive (the same format and the text “I can do it” is repeated throughout). Books that are repetitive are always a favorite of mine because children can anticipate the words that will be read. As you read the pages, together as a family, you can act out the animals “(I am a cat. I can arch my back. Can you do it? I can do it”). Some kids will be able to arch their
back or some children could try to make a cat noise, sign “cat” (whiskers coming from face), point to the cat/whiskers/cat’s back, or you can pretend they are a cat and pat their head. If you have an older child, you could look at the page, give them a clue, and they have to guess the animal. Take turns with the activity.
The important piece to remember is to have fun. Make it interactive and give your child another positive experience with a book. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist