Great Holiday Gifts That Support Speech and Language Development For 3 and Under

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Great Holiday Gifts That Support Speech and Language Development For 3 and Under

By, Lauren Turk, MS, CCC-SLP

Technology is great, but sometimes it’s good to be old fashioned and have some fun one-on-one. Toys and activities that you can play with your baby or toddler are a huge plus! After all, kids benefit from parent child interaction as it helps support the development of speech (development of sounds of words) and language (how we put words together). These gifts are great to play interactively but can also offer your child something he can play with on his own as well.  

A few fun educational Black Friday gift ideas are listed below for children 3 and under with a few attributes to support speech and language development.  Here are just a few…


Note: Activities can be modified to be more or less challenging to accomodate each child


Pattern Play ages 3+


Product Detailsamazon.com

Identify colors

Problem solving

Spatial recognition


Sequencing Cards ages 3+



Helps children to organize their thoughts and ideas

Important skill for learning how to tell stories (e.g., beginning, middle and end; or first, next, then, last)

There are so many ways these cards can be used- just requires a little creativity-look online for some ideas


Button Art ages 2+



Identify colors

Fine motor skills

Identify objects and function


Peekaboo Kisses all ages


Peekaboo KissesBarnesandnoble.com


Social emotional development-interactive between parent/caregiver

opportunity to expose your child different animals and their sounds

multisensory touch, feel and sound!


First Words Cards
Colors/Shapes/Numbers all ages
Card series targets different skills


First Words (My First Touch and Feel Pictures Cards Series)     Barnesandnoble.com


A great way to support receptive (what we hear) and expressive (what we say) language development for your baby or toddler

One item per card makes it easy to focus on one object at a time show your baby a picture of a ball and say the word as you point to the object or hold the card near your mouth as you say the word


Happy Shopping






29 November 2013 21:17
by Lauren Turk, MS, CCC-SLP