“My Dog Wears” Language Activity

The toddler and preschool years are very important times in language development. We try to do activities on a regular bases with our toddler that encourage her to use words and small sentences. Yesterday, we read the book Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley. Afterwards, we did this activity. It can be done with or without the book, but the book does add context.

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Materials Needed

  • Computer or Construction Paper
  • Crayon/ Marker/ Colored Pencil
  • Magazine Clippings (Clothing Items, Jewelry, etc. and a dog)
  • Glue
  • Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley (Optional)

We started by writing “My Dog Wears” on the top of a piece of paper. We keep magazine clippings organized by type for crafts and activities, so we simply had to get out what we wanted to use. We gave her a variety of items so that she could pick what her “dog” would want to wear. If you have a dog, you could also cut out a picture of your own dog for this activity. If you are doing with activity with a child who has a basic concept of how to write letters, you can write the words on a separate piece of paper and let them copy the phrase onto their paper.

Next, we let our toddler glue on the dog. After that, we read “my dog wears..” a few times to try to get her to repeat it. If your child already says basic sentences, you can skip this and just let them say it when they place each item on the paper instead.

Lastly, we let our toddler pick what her dog would wear. With each item she picked, we would say “My dog wears..” then add in what it was. She did not repeat everything back, but the repetition helps with language development.

This activity was simple and could be done in a classroom or daycare setting as well as at home. It is great for toddlers and preschoolers. Our family and friends had a good laugh over our daughter’s choices. Her dog is a bit fancy and we can not wait to look back on it with her as she gets older.

13 responses to ““My Dog Wears” Language Activity”

  1. I love this, certainly things one can do with kids. I’m always thinking of things to do with my toddlers, this is going on my list.

  2. That’s one thing I miss with my son’s. We did all kinds of crafts when they were younger. It built a bond and it kept their minds intrigued.

  3. What a cute idea! I have quite a few old magazines laying around so I’m sure I could find images for this. We don’t have a dog, but I could make a cutout of our cat if my boys want to do this!

    1. We do not have a dog either, but my daughter thought it was fun to pretend.

  4. This looks like a great learning activity for toddlers. I love how it is creative too!

  5. My daughter would love this project! She’s more or less nonverbal at 21 months but does squeal at the sight of animals, especially dogs. This would be a great way to incorporate other simple words for her.

    1. My daughter had a language delay and activities like this have really helped her develop her language skills.

  6. Lyosha Varezhkina Avatar
    Lyosha Varezhkina

    I think it is such a sweet and interesting project for kids development! I like it a lot!

  7. Whoa, that is one glam dog indeed! Sounds like a fun activity for sure, and I bet she loved it.

    1. We still giggle about how fancy that dog is.

  8. This is a great idea and I will definitely try it out with my 2 year old son to help develop his language skills.

  9. What a great idea! I remember doing this when I was a child and it does help. I know what we will be doing tomorrow now with some old magazines we have laying around. 🙂

    1. When I was a kid, I remember doing all kinds of things in school with magazine clippings. Most teachers no longer do these activities because not as many people get magazines. I feel like it is something we should bring back.

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