While you put away the clean dishes, hold each one up and ask your child to “Name that Dish!” Plate! Bowl! Fork! And so on. Make it fun like a game show. You hold up the item, your child tells you what it is, or you say what it is, then on to the next one!
Your child learns to make connections between words and objects when he/she can see it and hear them at the same time. These connections are important to developing talking and reading skills.