It’s Time for Q&A!
Children hear questions all the time, but does your child know the difference between the various question words? You can help you child practice this with the activities below.
- Two-year-olds—Who Questions: Look at family pictures. Ask your child to identify who each person in the picture is. Once your child has mastered this activity, show her pictures of other families. Can she identify the daddy, mommy, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, and baby in each family picture?
- What Questions: Hold up familiar objects and ask your child what it is you are holding. A more challenging version of this game would be to point to objects in a book to see if your child can name them.
- Three-year-olds—Where Questions: Play a game of hide-and-seek with a familiar object (i.e., a ball). Ask your child where is the ball? Then go looking for the object together.
- When Questions: As you talk about your day, ask your child when certain events happened. Use time words like before/after/during, morning/afternoon/evening, at eight o’clock, etc.
- Four-/Five-year-olds— How Questions: When your child is completing routine tasks (like brushing his teeth or washing his hands), ask him to tell you how he does it. Help him describe the steps of the activity.
- Why Questions: Engage in roleplay with your child using stuffed animals or people figurines. When your child has a character do something, ask him why the character did that.
Skills Supported: vocabulary, question words, time, sequencing