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5 Adelaide Locations to Develop Their Language!

Develop your child's language skills by making a day-trip to one of these five locations in Adelaide! Find tips for children of all ages below.

The Adelaide Central Markets

Adelaide Central Market

Littlies: Vocabulary galore! Label (name) fruit, vegetables and other food items. If they repeat the names, make to reinforce with praise.

A Little Older: Add more complex vocabulary. Use describing words (e.g. 'round', 'hard', 'soft', 'yellow') as you walk around the markets.

School Aged: Retell about what you've seen. Give examples as you explore. E.g. ‘Wow, that was a lot of cheese! I liked the old smelly one!’ At the end, ask ‘what did we see at the market today?’ Give an example of this too e.g. ‘First we bought some fish from the fishmonger, then we ate the bananas we bought from the fruit and vegetable shop.’

The South Australian Museum

Littlies: Give simple labels and respond to communication attempts as they point and vocalise or name things they see. Respond by copying back their sounds or word attempts and label the item of interest.

A Little Older: Describe the purpose of items. E.g. ‘This is a sled. It was used to help get the Eskimos and their things from one place to another.’ Giving them these examples helps them to learn to make their own statements.

School Aged: Model question asking to encourage them to use questions and find answers. E.g. ‘I wonder what this tool is used for?’ ‘Oh, look, it says it was used to cut up reeds to make mud huts with.’

The Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo

Littlies: Name all the animals! Copy the sounds the animals make and have fun taking turns to copy the sounds. This should lead to some wonderful back-and-forth interactions.

A Little Older: Describe actions. Talk about what each animal is doing. E.g. ‘the hippo is swimming’, ‘the wallaby is hopping’.

School Aged: Talk about what sound the names of the animals start with or let them have a go at spelling the name of the animal before checking it on the exhibits’ signpost. Alternatively, they could read out the names on the signs themselves.

Local Playground

Hart's Mill Playground - Port Adelaide

Littlies: Label play equipment, E.g. ‘slide’, ‘swing’. When pushing them on the swing or playing a repetitive game, ask them if they want ‘more?’ and wait till they respond in some way before performing the action. The level of response will be different for children at different developmental stages. For some children this may be them saying, ‘yes, more!’ for others it may be a nod or even simply making eye-contact with you.

A Little Older: Practice instruction following by giving fun directions e.g. ‘run under the slide then jump in the sand pit!’ Make the instructions shorter or longer depending on the child’s level of understanding. This is a particularly good skill to work on in preparation for kindergarten, as they will be required to follow many instructions.

School Aged: Play ‘What Am I?’ by describing items e.g. ‘I am tall and I create shade. What am I?’, ‘Yes, I’m a tree!’

Find more ideas at our playground blog post here.

Local Nature Reserve

Preliminary data from research shows that children use language almost three times more in natural environments.

For a list of local conservation parks, head on over to:

Littlies: Follow their lead as they explore the environment around them, look at what they’re looking at, touch what they’re touching, and copy their sounds and words to ‘get into their space'. Respond with excitement to encourage communication and interaction.

A Little Older: Help them describe the things they notice with their senses e.g. I see a creek’, ‘I smell flowers’, ‘I hear a kookaburra’

School Aged: Use items from the environment around you to make up stories. Get creative!

For more ideas on where to go, visit Adelaide Kids or Play and Go

Happy Holidays everyone!

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