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Tips & Activities for Developing Preschooler Vocabulary

  • Encourage pretend play. Pretend play encourages preschoolers to use their vocabulary.

  • Read older books and fairy tales that might contain unfamiliar language and concepts to your preschooler. (In Cinderella, your preschooler might see pictures of a coal stove or the pumpkin "coach." These objects are not part of our everyday life.)

  • Use different words for objects. Instead of saying "car," say "automobile." By doing this, your preschooler will start to recognize that different words can define the same thing.

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