The SPELD SA "Let's Talk Together" language cards are free to use.

These picture cards have been created for the purpose of encouraging and promoting the development of spoken language and increasing vocabulary.

Silly pictures appeal to children’s sense of the ridiculous and are often met with a smile.


How to use the "Oh Oh What is Silly" cards.

Show the child a picture and ask them what is wrong or silly in the picture and then encourage them to explain what would happen if it wasn’t fixed.

If a student gives a one word answer, try these prompts:

  • What is wrong with the...?
  • What do you think will happen to the...?
  • How would you fix the picture?

Activity: "Oh Oh What is Silly?"

Picture Card 1

Silly Hat
Artist: Sandy Russo

Picture Card 2

Shoe in Fridge
Artist: Sandy Russo

Picture Card 3

Fish in Glass
Artist: Sandy Russo

Picture Card 4

Pencil Candles
Artist: Sandy Russo

Picture Card 5

Books in Toaster
Artist: Sandy Russo

Picture Card 6

Table Setting
Artist: Sandy Russo

Picture Card 7

Utensil Vase
Artist: Sandy Russo

Picture Card 8

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Picture Card 10

How to use the "Which one does not belong?" cards

This game will improve your child's vocabulary, word retrieval and classification skills.

  1. Ask the child to say the name of each picture.
  2. Ask the child, "Which picture does not belong? Tell me why it does not belong."

For example: if picture shows a strawberry, an apple, a banana and a piece of cake, an appropriate response would be a strawberry, an apple, a banana, cake. The piece of cake does not belong because a strawberry, an apple and a banana are (kinds of fruit) fruits. A piece of cake is not a fruit.

Activity: "Which One Does Not Belong?"

Picture Card 1

Instruments
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 2

Clothing
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 3

A Glass of ...
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 4

Fruit
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 5

Sea Creatures
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 6

Things that fly
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 7

Round Orange
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 8

Vehicles
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 9

Feet
Compiled by Sandy Russo

Picture Card 10

Vehicles with wheels
Compiled by Sandy Russo

How to use the "Let's Fix a Problem" cards

Show the student the card and ask what is happening in the picture.

Ask open ended questions that prompt discussion such as:

  • What is the problem in this picture? How could you fix it?
  • Is there anything in the picture that could help you fix the problem? How would you use it?
  • Have you ever had a problem like this? Tell me about it.

Activity: "Let's Fix a Problem"

Picture Card 1

Sand Buggy
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 2

Girl in Wind
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 3

Girl in Snow
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 4

Bike at Beach
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 5

Bike at Park
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 6

Bike at River
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 7

Bike on Street
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 8

Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 9

Party in the Park
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 10

Balloon Caught in Tree
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 11

Balloon on Ferris Wheel
Artist: Harinish Taylor

Picture Card 12

Scraped Knee
Artist: Harinish Taylor

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How to use the "If and Then" statement cards.

  • Read each statement aloud.
  • Ask your student(s) what they would do after each "if" statement (then...)
  • Ask the students about why they would do that; is there something else they could do? (to promote discussion and vocabulary building)

 

Activity: "If and Then"

If and Then cards (level 1)

If and Then cards (level 2)

 

How to use the "True and False" cards.

  • Read each statement aloud.
  • Ask your student(s) to identify each statement as true or false.
  • Ask the students how they decided whether each answer was true or false (to promote discussion and vocabulary building)

 

Activity: "If and Then"

True and False cards (level 1)

True and False cards (level 2)

 

Speech Pathologist Susan Robertson explains young children love to learn new words.

Learning about words and learning how to use them in sentences helps children communicate better with everyone (parents, teachers, friends, relatives etc.).

Having a broad vocabulary allows a child to use their language in many powerful and exciting ways. They can use words to explain, reason, problem solve, request, negotiate, question and comment (just to name a few!)

Knowing a broad range of words also helps children to understand what they are reading and helps them to understand and predict words that they are trying to spell.

A broad vocabulary is one of the best predictors of reading comprehension later on in school.

Learning new words is a WIN-WIN for everyone!

SPELD SA would like to thank the following for contributing to this project

Susan Robertson Angela Weeks Sandy Russo
Australian Executor Trustees Harinish Taylor Women's Education Program. Elizabeth TAFE SA

SPELD SA is generously supported by

thyne reid foundationDepartment for education and child developmentaustralian executor trustees

SPELD SA would like to acknowledge the support of the Douglas Whiting Trust in the development of this website.

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