Lets admit it, toys are sometimes a hassle, you pay a lot of money for a toy and your child doesn't like it or they get bored after one time playing with it. We've all been there and it's frustrating! Well the good news is, you don't always need toys to interact and play with your little one! There are several toy free "games" that consist of two people interacting with each other that are just as fun and engaging. The social interaction games listed below are great for building speech, language and of course social skills! You can focus on making eye contact, joint attention, turn-taking, requesting, imitation of actions/nouns and much more! As a speech therapist, I work with many children who have a difficult time with social reciprocity and engagement. The child is often lacking those joint attention skills (looking at an object, then at the person, and back to the object) during interaction and play time. I have found that these toy free social interaction "games" work wonders and almost always get the child more engaged with me!
Some examples of social interaction games include:
Children are always craving movement and they are naturally drawn to variations in pitch, intonation, and loudness in our voices, so it is important to move around, be fun, act silly and incorporate sound effects during these games. This will facilitate the interaction between the two of you!