Materials: An old phone or any object you can pretend is a telephone.
Pretend to call your child on the phone. Hand them the phone and gesture for them to pick it up by saying, “Hello, _______!” If the child doesn’t respond, pretend to hang up and press the buttons to recall them. Say, “I hope_______ picks up the phone this time.”
Engage in back and forth conversation allowing the child to guide the conversation if possible.
Encourage your child to give you a call and follow their lead.
MAKE IT EASIER:
Set your child on your lap and make a pretend phone call to a stuffed friend together.
EXTEND THE LEARNING:
- Allow your child to use an actual phone to call a family member or friend.
- Point out the numbers on the telephone. Help your child dial their phone number.