Target age:

Middle 2-year-old

Materials you will need:

Two toy phones or disconnected phones

What to do:

Your child has seen and heard you on the phone many times. Now may be the time to let your child have a conversation with you on the phone. Dial your home number. Say it out loud as you dial. Talk to your child. Give your child time to talk to you. Show your child how to dial the home number. Keep the phones on the toy shelf for playtime.


Perhaps you could call another family member on your real phone. Observe what your child does. This social skill will take time to develop.

Skills learned:

  • Listening
  • Language Development
  • Imagination
  • Social Development

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