Communication with Babies

Our Babbling Babies Pack provides a range of activities to build strong foundations for speech, language and communication development.

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Each activity has ideas for babies from birth to 6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months and helps to develop skills in the following key areas:

  • Play and interacting – through play and interaction babies learn about the world around them
  • Learning to listen – babies and toddlers need to learn how to listen; this involves learning to tune into everyday sounds like dogs barking, doorbells ringing, and aeroplanes
  • Learning and understanding new words – everything a baby does is an opportunity for them to learn new words. It isn’t about teaching a baby new words, but reinforcing words in everyday situations and during play
  • Expressing myself – as babies grow they learn new ways of communicating which move from cries to include small changes in facial expression and small movements to body language. It is important to notice small changes and respond to these.

Exploring and developing – small changes can provide a lot of interest for babies. By engaging in new and interesting experiences, using this tool alongside the EYFS, adults can support the developing skills in a baby’s communication and language.

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This week I came across the ‘Surprise Bag’ activity, which encourages babies to look inside the bag and reach in to pull something out. During the activity we model language to talk to the babies about what they have got. The idea isn’t to teach the words for the object, but rather to talk about the way the objects look, feel and sound.

We encourage the babies to participate throughout the activity, where they all showed a strong exploratory impulse, and explored the objects by shaking and banging them together whist using their sense of touch and sight.

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