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Simple games to play to light up your child’s mind

Playing games together is fun – but games are also great for helping children learn how to follow instructions, take turns and practise their communication skills. Not only that, but they also help them develop their co-ordination and motor skills (the skills they need for the movements and tasks we all do every day) and can help them sleep better – and who doesn’t want that?

Here are some free, simple games you can slip into your day to help boost your wee one’s speech and language. Use the tips on this page to help get the most from the games – by letting them take the lead, getting down to their level, giving them time and showing them you’re listening and understanding. This video from Words Up shows how playing with your child is great for helping them learn new words.

Simple games to light up your child's mind

Last updated: 2 Feb, 2023