Here are some ideas to help children develop their vocabularies and learn the meanings of new words. These activities are best carried out on a regular basis!
Ask your child to think of as many items in a particular category that they can. Examples of categories could be: food, games, animals, places, colours, furniture, body parts.
The adult can support this by suggesting sub-groups within categories – eg: in foods, ‘what fruits can you think of?’, or animals, ‘which animals can you think of that live in the jungle?’
A follow on from this activity could be to introduce new vocabulary in the categories. This could be done presenting the child with pictures and clearly describing the key features of the object or creature.