Language Scrapbooking Tips

So you’ve created your KidTalk account… now what? It’s time to start making recordings of your child to put in your language scrapbook! Many users have asked us what to record for their scrapbook. The short answer is that you can record anything you want. We’ve compiled a list of some ideas to get you started on your scrapbook. As you come up with your own ideas, we hope you’ll share them with your fellow KidTalk citizen scientists by emailing us, commenting below, or posting on social media. Regardless of your child’s age, it can be fun to repeat the same scrapbooking activity every so often to get a timeline of how your child’s pronunciation or responses changed — the audio equivalent of marking your child’s height in a doorway as they grow!

When children are younger, they mostly use single words or short phrases. They may combine babbling with real words. It’s okay to record these combinations of words and babbling. Here are some things you could record.

  • Your child saying their name or the name of a favorite toy.

  • Your child’s comments as you read a book together.

  • Part of a meal time.

  • Your child playing with a favorite toy

  • Your child’s reaction to a new toy, song, or situation

  • Your child greeting a family member returning from work or an errand

As children get older, they start using sentences. If your child has a lot to say, you might find that they do all the talking. It’s also fine if you ask them questions and if they ask you questions.

  • Interview your child. You can ask them about themselves, about a recent activity, about their thoughts on covid-19, or anything else! This article has great ideas for questions to get a conversation started.

  • Have your child interview you, another family member, or a stuffed animal.

  • Talk about interesting pictures from a book, magazine, or a website. Some children may be interested in artwork by other children about the pandemic. You can also use the “Start a Conversation” feature in the app to get a picture to talk about.

  • Ask your child to tell what happened in a book, tv show, or YouTube video. Wordless animated shorts are great for this.

  • Record your child talking about their day.

  • Think of silly “would you rather?” questions to ask each other and record your responses.

  • Record imaginative play with you, another family member, or by themselves.

  • Make a craft together and then have your child describe what they did.

  • Do a science activity together and have your child describe what they did and what they learned. Many children’s museums post videos on social media of fun science activities to do at home.

  • Ask your child about the rules to a favorite sport or game.

We hope these ideas provide a starting point for you as you start your language scrapbook. There’s no right or wrong way to make a language scrapbook! Please share your ideas in the comments below, and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for more language scrapbooking tips.