I have a child who learns how to match blocks and gets them through shaped holes on a toy box. When a block is not aligned to the hole, I need to tell them to "twiddle/tilt/turn/etc" the block a bit right or left so the block would get into the hole.
Is "twiddle the block a bit right/left" correct?
Whether or not, what would native speakers usually tell the child in idiomatic phrases or words in case the:
- child is a toddler
- child is a preteen-assuming the preteen would play with the toddler, and so you need to communicate with both.
Ideally I think the parent should use both parentese and everyday language with focus on the age appropriate language. Regardless of parenting, I would like to learn the language of all age groups if possible.