From Pronunciation to Conversational Skills, These Chatty Toys Can Help Kids Develop Language
Children acquire language in stages, through interaction with the adults and children in their lives. In addition to being regularly spoken to by people, babies can pick up additional language through television, radio, books, and toys. Although learning how to talk is something that comes mostly effortlessly for many children as babies and toddlers hear more and more words, we've compiled a list of chatty toys that can help them to acquire more words through repetition, songs, and games.
Keep scrolling for the playthings that may help to teach your little ones new words, pronunciation skills, and more.
Baby Musical TV Remote Control
Along with its bright colors and many sounds, the Baby Musical TV Remote Control ($13) also says numbers zero through nine in English, Spanish, and French, which gives babies 6 months and up the first tools to begin pronouncing those words (and counting!) themselves.
Musical Turtle Toy
This adorable Musical Turtle Toy ($29) has four play modes that allow kids to sing songs, make patterns, count numbers, and learn letters along with their turtle. It comes with a built-in bilingual feature so kids can learn pronunciations in both English and Spanish.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy
The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Puppy ($14, also available in a pastel version) isn't just super cute and cuddly — it has more than 75 sounds and songs that introduce 100 first words like parts of the body, shapes, and numbers.
ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words
Toddlers and little kids can practice reading and speaking sight words through ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words ($22). The game encourages prereaders and early readers to recognize some of the most common words, bridging reading a word mentally with verbal pronunciation.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home
Babies can have 360-degree fun with the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home ($129), which has three "Smart Stages" learning levels in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Its more than 200 songs, sounds, and phrases will introduce kids to colors, shapes, numbers, the alphabet, and so much more.