Talking about photos is an enjoyable way of developing your child’s understanding and expressive language skills. I recently stumbled across this free app as a fun way of talking about family and friends with my toddler.
Photo Buttons allows you to tap the screen and produce buttons. A second tap reveals a photo at random and on the third tap, they pop and disappear.
The app has a number of pre-programmed photos of everyday food/transport etc. but I deselected them all and added in my own. I added several family photos and recorded my voice saying the name of each person. My daughter and I had fun pointing at the different family members as they appeared and talking about them as we popped each picture.
There’s lots of potential for expanding language with this app; for example using photos of people doing different actions: Grandpa walking, Daddy cooking, etc. You can move the buttons around the screen before popping them – perhaps helpful for categorising people into different families or contexts.
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