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Talking Toddlers: Saying and signing ‘more’

Saying or signing ‘more’ allows your child to use their words to ask for things they want. You can say or sign ‘more’ in lots of different situations. For example, with food, toys or peekaboo.

Top Tips

Blow bubbles with your child.

Pause before you blow again to see if your child will ask for more.

Say and sign ‘more’ to show your child what to do.

Ways your child might ask for more

Two eyes


Two people facing opposite one is pointing to a sheet of paper with different colours the other is clapping his hands



Two faces one is speaking whilst the other listens

Saying the word

Making a sound

hands moving around to indicate sign language


Your child is likely to gesture before they use a word to say ‘more’.

  • At snack time try giving your child a small amount of snack, for example, a piece of banana.
  • Pause before you give them more, say and sign ‘more’ to show your child what to do.
  • Don’t worry if your child doesn’t respond, keep going with the activity and have fun!
  • Stop when your child gets bored and try again another day.

For more information please contact the Speech and Language Therapy Service on 0114 3053966/3053967.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: SL213

Resource Type: Article

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