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Drawing on the themes of speech and language development, confidence and family support in Marg Gibbs’ and Emma Stuart’s picture book, Jasper’s Jumbled up Words, today we will be focusing on practising saying, identifying and playing with words with the help of a supportive carer. Children will be able to understand how language can be used in various ways, and its importance to communication. Let’s have some fun with these simple, everyday tasks you can engage with in your own home! 

*Jasper’s Jumbled up Words is written by Marg Gibbs, illustrated by Emma Stuart, published by M J Gibbs, July 2020.


Key Curriculum Areas: Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination
and reflexivity

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Reference: Early Years Learning Framework


Age Range 

2 – 6 years



Look at the front and back covers of the book, Jasper’s Jumbled up Words. Point to each object and ask, ‘what do you call this?’. Suggest child walks around their room and point to and label different objects.

Continue to label objects as you read through the book. Ask, ‘what does it do?’, or ‘how does it feel?’.

Look at some of the ‘babble’ that Jasper is trying to say. Ask, ‘what do you think Jasper means?’. ‘How do you use your manners to say please and thank you?’

Why does Jasper feel angry, and sad? Do you remember times when you felt this way? What happened? How did you use your words?

How did Jasper feel at the end of the story? Why?


More ways to engage children in conversations

  • Tune in and listen to what the child says.
  • Take turns talking. Look at non verbals ways – sounds, gestures, looks, smiles and word attempts.
  • Talk about what the child is doing.
  • Ask questions related to their activities.
  • Add words to model new language.
  • Give the child enough time to respond.
  • Engage in child’s facial and body expressions.

 Language Activities: FREE DOWNLOAD

Practise sound making, word matching and identification, and fun talking games with this FREE Language Activity Booklet_Jasper’s Jumbled up Words! Click the link!

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Play Word Games!

Word and language games are enjoyable and meaningful ways to help improve children’s vocabulary and motivation for learning language, and to effectively reduce anxiety and frustration around making errors. Here is a list of beneficial games to promote communication with children:

  • Treasure Hunt
  • Laundry game (find the sock pairs)
  • Red Light, Green Light
  • Memory Game
  • Prediction Game – what do you think will happen next?

Other Fun Language Activities for Toddlers

  • Read books
  • Sing songs
  • Find pictures of everyday objects
  • Introduce new words at meal time
  • Use more interesting words to describe things, such as ‘enormous’ instead of ‘big’

 Reference: Thanks to M J Gibbs for the fantastic educational ideas.


Make your own Finger Puppets and cluck some NOISE!

What sounds do chooks make? In Jasper’s Jumbled up Words, the chooks can be heard with the sounds, ‘Tuk! Tuk!‘, ‘Waak, Waak!‘ and ‘Squawk! Squawk! Squawk!’ Enlarge, print and cut out the chooks below, add an icy pop stick, and re-create your own fun story with your finger puppets!



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2 thoughts to “Jasper’s Jumbled up Words Learning Language Tasks

  • Karen Tyrrell

    Awesome tips Marg! ☺️

    • Just Write For Kids

      Thanks for reading, Karen! 🙂


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