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What's a kletskop?

Kletskoppen "Chatterboxes" Child Language Festival is a day full of family-friendly fun on Saturday the 28th of October 2017 at the Central Library (Mariënburg) and Arthouse LUX, Nijmegen, with no entrance fee. Here children between 0 and 12 years old and their families will discover the science behind the way we learn to communicate with language. They will join child language researchers from Radboud University and the Max Planck Insitute for Psycholinguistics for hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations and informative talks about how children learn to talk.

Kletskoppen and their families everywhere are invited to our child language festival!

Visitor information

The Kletskoppen Child Language Festival takes place on 28 October 2017 from 09:00 until 16:00, in Bibliotheek De Mariënburg and Arthouse LUX in the centre of Nijmegen. Here you can find the addresses of the library and Arthouse LUX, and directions to the festival by car and public transport.


At Kletskoppen, we've got loads of exciting and informative activities for children, and grown-ups too! For instance, come to our science market to have a go at our language games and experiment demos. There's loads to do! Come and help Pedro the Parrot learn to speak, search for spaceships or invent your own new words! At the festival, language researchers also give talks about all kinds of subjects related to language: dyslexia, bringing up multilingual children, and how babies learn language, to name but a few.

There are also lots of different group readings and craft activities.

Take a look at what you can do at the festival!

Baby's als talenwonders? (Lezing)
Communication Game
Sign Language: Show me your hands!
I spy with my little eye
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Multilingual reading
Language research with babies and toddlers: This is how you do it (talk)

and loads more...

Special Guests Jaap Robben and Benjamin Leroy

Jaap Robben is author of several Dutch language childrens' books, incuding the Suzie Ruzie series and Als Iemand Ooit Mijn Botjes Vindt. Benjamin Leroy is an illustrator, who drew the illustrations for both series.

Jaap will read (in Dutch) from both books, whilst Illustrator Benjamin Leroy will draw the stories, live before your eyes!

Als iemand ooit mijn botjes vindt: Reading session with live illustration
Suzie Ruzie: Reading session with live illustration
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