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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- Computer or Construction Paper
- Crayon/ Marker/ Colored Pencil
- Magazine Clippings (Clothing Items, Jewelry, etc. and a dog)
- 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.