Books, toys and apps to get your child to say two word phrases

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

Your child is saying one word utterances. Great! Now, how to get them to two words.


Some books are great to help you child say their first words and grow their one-word vocabulary. But they can restrict your child's opportunities to put two words together. Other books may be too advanced for them to engage with effectively. This is a list of some books that help target short, two-word phrases so you can expand your child's one word utterances to two.

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Fox's Socks, by Julia Donaldson

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Pants, by Giles Andreae

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Where is Maisy, by Lucy Cousins

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Big Little, by Leslie Patricelli

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Where is the Green Sheep, by Mem Fox

(excellent for pairing verbs and adjectives)

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see, by Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle

(phrase examples: open/close, body-parts, hi/bye)

General Play

Bath Game: You can play a game with your child where you bathe your child or a toy and use phrases like 'wash ---, pour water, dirty --, clean ---).

Feeding animals/dolls: common phrases with this play are: drink --, cut --, eat --.

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Bubbles: common phrases with this play are: blow bubbles, more bubbles, open bubbles, pop bubbles, etc.

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Car Ramp: common phrases with this play are: go car, car up, car down, car drive, car crash, etc.

Older Children Activity

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Magnetic Scenes help use pronouns and verbs as the characters can be moved around to do activities. Magnetic Schoolroom and Magnetic Town have particularly useful everyday language.


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