David + Calista, 2yo, August 2010

David has a fun game he likes to play with Calista.

He asks her, “Do you have any oobles for me?”

Oobles is just a nonsense word David created in playing sound games with Cali. Together they run through a selection of consonants, adding it to the suffix ooble to create words like “booble”, “cooble”, “dooble”, “fooble”, etc.

It’s been a fun, spontaneous way to encourage the development of her speech. It encourages two-year-old Calista to think of consonant sounds she may otherwise ignore and is a great first step to introducing phonics.

I love the way play-based learning enriches our way of life — especially when I see David create his own games to enhance the girls’ learning!