Many late talking toddlers need to practice imitation skills. If your toddler is not yet copying words, take a step back and try some Copy Cat games with actions and funny sounds / noises. Lots of young children love Simon Says games and it is a great way to help them ‘have a go‘ at copying sounds. Copying these early noises is a step to learning words.
Our book list for playsounds
Speech Sounds – ling a ling (bell), meow (cat), bang bang (drum) etc.
Animal sound Books – these are our favourites for trying lots of animal noises.
Baby Touch & Feel – Farm Animals . A touchy feely book with one animal per page. Clear photographic images make it ideal for babies. Make the animal noises and see if your child copies you.
Speech Sounds – baa, woof, quack.
Speech Sounds – haha + tongue out (dog), paws up + rah (lion), fingers for whiskers + meow (cat)
Noisy Farm. It’s morning on the farm and all the animals are waking up. A lift the flap book with different baby animals making noises.
Speech Sounds – oink, woof, cockadoodle doo.
Oh Dear! A little boy looks all over the farm for the eggs. On each page, your child can lift the flap to see if the eggs are there and can shake his head for no or say ‘uh oh’. All the animal sounds are there too – baa, neigh, cheep cheep.
Speech Sounds – no, uh oh, baa, neigh, cheep cheep.
Maisy’s Morning on the Farm . Maisy is feeding all the animals around the farm in turn. They are very hungry and keen to eat their breakfast! You can do animal sounds or also try some slurping or eating noises when feeding animals.
Speech Sounds – ‘eating’ noises, meow, woof, baa.
Car noises – these are our favourites for different vehicle sounds
Maisy’s Book of Things that Go . This is a pop out and pull the tab book for toddlers. Each page has Maisy on a different vehicle – trains, bikes, hot air balloons. Your child can pull the tabs and make the vehicle noises.
Speech Sounds – train (choo choo), car (brrmmm), rocket (whoosh!).
Speech Sounds – nee naw, brmmmm, whoosh.
Peekaboo Things that Go – This pop up book has large photographic pictures on each page suitable for younger toddlers. Try making a game of saying the sound as you open the flap!
Speech sounds – brrrrrrrm! bang
Baby Touch & Feel – Things that Go. This is an early touch and feel book with one picture per page. The toy pictures are a bit more novel for babies who like to feel textures.
Speech sounds – brrrrm, beep beep.
Books about Falling down, spilling or accidents
Uh Oh, I’m sorry . The babies in this book have lots of accidents! Point to the falling block or similar and use your surprised face and hand over them mouth. On each page, your child can try ‘uh oh’ or ‘oh no’ or shake the head.
Speech Sounds – uh oh, (shake head)
Uh oh, Oh no – This board book has a funny sequence of accidents. First the drink spills on the cat and son on. You can read out the rhyming text or simply point on each page and say ‘oh no!’
Speech Sounds – oh no!
Peek a Boo books
Baby Faces Peek a Boo – This lift the flap book has a baby’s face under each flap. Great for sentence completion – Adult says peeka……….. and child lifts the flap and says ‘boo!’
Speech Sounds – boo!
Baby Boo! – This series of books has little faces that can be slid out from the side of the book. Keeping babies entertained with pulling out the slider, it encourages a noise each time. There are baby faces or another book has animal faces etc.
Speech Sounds – boo!
Bedtime and sleeping books
Baby Touch & Feel – Bedtime. An early touch and feel book with all the toys going to bed. On each page, you can put your finger on your mouth and say ssssh!
Speech Sounds – sh! , nigh nigh.
Sleepy Baby – An early soft touch and feel book about a baby getting ready for bed. It is a nice familiar sequence for babies. On each page you can help your child close his eyes and say ssssh! or make snoring noises.
Speech Sounds – sh! , (snoring sounds).
Good Night Teddy! This cute rag book has a teddy on a string which can be inserted into each page. Ideal for busier toddlers who need a bit more activity during book time. You can make a little noise for each page!
Speech Sounds – shhhhh (bath time), num num (eating), sh! (sleeping)
Making Funny Faces
These books have lots of images of children making different face movements – happy, sad, silly. Look in the mirror and copy the faces together. Put a sound with it if you like! Excellent for practicing imitation.
Baby Faces -Your baby can try making the same facial expressions.
Goals – silly face, happy face etc.
Funny Face – This cute book has line drawings of a baby. He is doing something different on each page to evoke an emotion. eg ‘scared’ of a bear. There is a mirror at the back to pull silly faces at!
Goals – scared face, cross face etc.
Peek a Book Funny Faces – more facial expressions to copy on babies.
Speech Goals – scared face, disappointed face, silly face.
The Tickle Book – lots of fun anticipating a tickle in this book. There are lots of tabs to pull, sliders and pop outs in this book. It has lots of detail on each page so more suited to older toddlers. There is a ‘tickle monster’ with a feather on each page to look for. You can say ‘tickle’ when you find it. As your toddler gets to know the book, a laugh can be had before the page is turned.
Speech Sounds – ticky ticky, tickle or laugh
Ouch I need a Plaster -There is a picture on each page of a different child with a bandaid / plaster from a scraped knee to a bump on the nose.
Speech Sounds – uh oh (accident) or ow! (sore)
Doctor Maisy –Maisy is the doctor today. She checks all the animals to see if they are well. Any books about going to the doctor are good for – ow! (hurt), boom boom (listening to the heart)
Speech Sounds – ow (hurt), boom boom (heart), ah (looking in the mouth)
Animal Actions – A simple board book. There is an animal and an action on each page. Great for copying gestures and animal sounds.
These books are also great for going onto word copying, once your toddler has got a wider range of sounds and noises. Make it fun and repeat many many times!
Speech Sounds – sssss (arm moving like a snake), rah! (Gruffalo)
Happy Sound Making!