These symbol pictures (MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory) come in two sizes (83 on a full page, and the same 83 with 4 on a page) were created with toddlers in mind, but can be used for any young child. The large round pictures can be taped to the floor (kids can walk on them) or placed on the walls at eye level to provide frequent visual opportunities. Families can label and model words for the child throughout the day. The small pictures can be used for matching to facilitate development of receptive vocabulary. For example, the child is given a picture of a book. The family could prompt: a) “Let’s find the book.”, support the child in finding the large circle picture that matches, and label the pictures again. b) Give the child the small picture, label it, and say ( “Can you find the book.” or “Find the book.”). As the child becomes familiar with the pictures and the labels, the words can be modeled, and s/he can be prompted to imitate the word, and eventually label them spontaneously. The pictures can also be used for choosing desired objects or even a picture exchange.
Print on paper or card stock (especially the small square cards), laminate and cut.
83 large circle pictures (7.5”) and 83 small square pictures (3.75”) for matching are included.
Food: apple, banana, milk, cookie, orange, water, juice, cracker, cheese, egg, pancakes, & yogurt
Body Parts: toes, nose, mouth, hand, eyes, ear, foot, leg, finger, teeth, & hair
Clothing: diaper, boots, shoes, socks, jacket/coat, hat, shirt, & pants
Toys: balloon, bus, ball, train, truck, car, book, teddy/bear, baby, plane, boat, legos/blocks, & bubbles
Animals: bird, cat, dog, duck, pig, horse, fish, bunny/rabbit, sheep, & cow
Furniture & Household: bed, crib, chair, table, cup, spoon, phone, house, blanket, comb, brush, keys, bowl, soap, toothbrush, TV, & potty/toilet
Actions: drink, jump, walk, sleep, run, hug, paint, read, wash, kick, swim, & play/build
by Kathy Grover
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