Encourage Your Bilingual Child to Unpack the Groceries!

by Corey · 2 comments

Multilingual-Bilingual Children Language Activity

Multilingual Living reader, Ida, sent in the following tip for how she gets her bilingual child to use the minority language in a fun, innovative way. Thank you Ida for taking the time to send in yet another wonderful tip!

My son is only 2 years old but we do a lot of language games. A lot of songs, books, rhymes.

One thing that he loves to do is to help us put things in the refridgerator when we come back from the grocery store. He gets to unpack the bags, holding up one item at the time and saying the word in Swedish or in French (depending on who’s helping him).

It’s so much fun to see how many things he knows!

Thank you, Ida, for sending us this language activity!
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1 Melissa July 10, 2010 at 6:25 am

I’ve done this in the store while putting things in the basket, too. Also improves store behavior by keeping children entertained!


2 Corey July 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Great tip about doing it in the store as well! It could even start in the house when planning the grocery list. Hah, I love the point about encouraging store behavior – what an added benefit! Thank you for sharing!


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