Learning letter names and sounds takes lots of practice! In this musical activity, children will use musical plastic eggs to sing about letter names.

You have probably noticed that your 24- to 35-month-old loves repetition. If you pronounce a word from a favorite story incorrectly, or inadvertently omit a word or phrase, your child will be sure to let you know. In this activity, you can use this skill, coupled with your child’s love of repetition, to help introduce her to rhyming words.

Before a young child can differentiate between the various sounds in words, he must first be able to recognize similar sounds in the environment and notice when sounds differ. This game will help your toddler develop his budding listening and sound discrimination skills.

Learning that words break down into smaller sound units is an important pre-reading skill. You can help your toddler start to listen for the smaller parts, or syllables, in the names of common items from around your home.

By 24-months-old, most toddlers can follow simple two- and three-step directions. This fun activity will give your child that special feeling of having a job to do while building vocabulary and oral language skills.

Your 2-year-old may now be using two or three words in a phrase to talk about and ask for things. When your child does this, you can stretch her phrase into a sentence or two. You will be modeling some important rules of language in this activity.

Around age 2, your child may be starting to say “no” and taking more notice of how you react to her behaviors and actions. Using polite words should be encouraged, especially when someone is asking for and receiving something.

Children at this age can begin to copy a circle, cut on a line and make horizontal strokes. The strokes of a paintbrush are effective and fun for your child at this stage of development. This activity gives your child some painting fun.