Listen Carefully


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Tip 80 – Use clothes and dressing as a fun way to teach your child listening skills.

Open up your child’s closet and stand with him or her a few feet away from the clothes. Without pointing to it, describe an outfit or item of clothing that you see. Ask your child to point to the one you just described. Keep adding details until your child can identify it correctly.

Once this game technique has become successful and fun, you can use it when you and your child are actually selecting an outfit or item of clothing for your child to wear.

Parenting Insight…

Clothes are interesting to young children. Because they come in different colors, patterns, and styles, describing them can provide an opportunity for using many different kinds of descriptive words.

*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, pp. 185-186

August! The Month of Dignity

If your child is interested and when the time is appropriate, you can take the game to your closet and let your child describe in a dignified way an outfit of clothing for you to wear. An invitation to your closet can be quite an honor for your child. Do not hesitate to treat it that way.

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