How to Play Touch & Talk
Place all the items on the table. Name them together as you touch and explore them with the child.
• Talk about how they feel, how they look, what they are used for, where you find them, what parts they have, what they are made of, and anything else that comes to mind.
• Decide what level you are working on and place those cards face down on the table.
• Go first. Pick up a picture card and hold it so the child can’t see it.
• Read the sentence at the top of the picture card. The important words are bolded for your reference.
• Have the child arrange the items. Avoid intervening even if they are making a mistake.
• When they are done, show them the picture card. If they arranged the items correctly, great!
• If they did not, this is the perfect teaching moment! Start by pointing out what’s different.
• Then repeat the sentence as the child rearranges the items. Emphasize the words they didn’t know.
• Continue being the speaker until the child understands the sentences about 80% of the time.
• Now it’s the child’s turn to choose a picture card and be the speaker.
• Position the objects exactly as the child describes even if you know they are saying it incorrectly.
• When you are done arranging, have the child show you the picture card.
• If they described the image correctly and you understood it, great!
• If they did not describe it correctly this is another teaching opportunity!
• Model the correct sentence as you rearrange the items. Emphasize the words they didn’t know.
• Continue taking turns being the speaker and the listener.
• You may find it easier to take 3-5 turns as the speaker or listener before switching roles.
• Move to the next level when the child is about 80% successful being the listener and speaker.