REVIEW: I CAN Babble, Listen & Understand

March 26, 2012
When I was pregnant with Tigger I often thought about what he would like. Roo is very talkative and has been from an early age. If she needs/wants to say something she is not afraid to let the world know. This got me thinking about little Tigger, would he be quiet because he couldn’t get a word in or would he be twice as loud in order to he heard?
I like to think that he has landed somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. Certainly when Roo is at school he babbles away to me much more and especially as I have now limited his dummy to sleeping only. Saying this if he gets frustrated he can really make himself heard if need be.
With the four year age gap between Roo and Tigger is hard for me to remember exactly how many words Roo was saying at what age but I do feel that Tigger doesn’t say as much as Roo did at this age.
When I was offered the chance to review two activity packs from I CAN, which aims to develop children’s speaking, listening and understanding skills I jumped at the chance.
There are two activity packs available:

Babbling Babies is a beautifully illustrated activity pack to promote communication development of babies from birth to 18 months old. Learning to talk is the number one life skill for the 21st century. Communication is vital in making friends, letting people know how you feel and keeping you safe. Later, it helps in learning, knowing how to behave and getting on in school.

New babies are geared up to communicate, they do this when they let you know that they are hungry, uncomfortable or tired. How you respond to them will teach them the skills that they need to turn these cries into words then sentences over the next two years. Babbling Babies includes 30 inspiring activities for parents and adults to play and develop a baby’s communication skills.

The activities have been developed by practitioners with specialist experience in developing communication with under threes. Each activity has an idea for babies from birth to 6 months, 6 – 12 months and 12 – 18 months. The activities are focused on the following 5 areas:

  1. Playing and interacting
  2. Learning to Listen
  3. Learning and understanding new words
  4. Expressing myself
  5. Exploring and developing


Toddler Talk is a beautifully illustrated activity pack to promote communication development of toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old that now comes in a paperback and hardback edition.

Toddler Talk includes 35 inspiring activities on durable cards for parents and other adults to play with the toddler to develop the toddler’s communication skills. The activities have been developed by practitioners with specialist experience in developing communication with under threes. The activities are focused on the following five areas:

  1. Attention and Listening
  2. Understanding what is said
  3. Learning and using new words
  4. Building sentences
  5. Talking socially

Toddlers need the space and time to process sounds and to learn what they mean. Eventually, words build into sentences, into mini-conversations and this means that children will be able to get the best of their new learning environments.

Each pack some with a suggested 6 week activity plan, which I think is great. I am someone who likes routine, plan activities etc so for me this perfect. Although for all you easy going parents you can simply flick through the activities and see which one takes your fancy.
The Babbling Babies activities are split into three age groups, which I think is fantastic. As your little one grows and develops the activity also develops along with them.
I have only read through the Toddler Talk activity pack as Tigger is not quite ready for it just yet, so can’t tell you how we got one. However I have spotted some fun activities in there and will enjoy doing these in the summer months.
Hardback – £12.99 or Paperback – £6.99
(I would recommend the hardback copy as you can keep all the activity cards in a handy box)
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Boo xxx
Disclosure Policy: I received both activity packs for the purpose of this review. My thoughts and opinions are my own (unless quoted).

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