Build your child's vocabulary by naming things in everyday conversation. Examples: "Look at that robin!" "Let's watch it fly high in the sky."
It's also fun to create a story together from a simple observation like above. Start the story with something like - "Where do you think the robin is going to fly and what will he/she do when he/she gets there?"
In the story we shared today, Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer, wordy birdy likes to talk...a lot! She says a lot of words, many which are familiar to most children, but some which are not. Children do not need to know the meaning of all the words to enjoy the flow of the story, but if they seem interested in a word they do not know, take some time to talk about it, either during the reading or after.
Songs and Movement Activities:
I Saw a Little Birdie
I saw a little birdy go hop, hop, hop (bend 2 middle fingers in and "hop" hand)
And I said to the birdie, won't you stop, stop, stop? (wiggle finger of other hand at the birdie)
I went to the door to say how do you do? (wave hand at birdie)
And he shook his little tail and away he flew! (shake and fly the birdie around)
Play a copycat game where one person does something, then the rest repeat. Let your child(ren) take the lead with many more movements after demonstrating a time or two. This is a great activity that doesn't take a lot of time or effort.
Examples can include:
fly like a bird
wiggle your toes
spin round and round