When I was teaching Varik the names of a few of his toys, I just waited until he picked up one and then, with repetition, would say "Oh you want to play with your stick? That's your stick. You have your stick" (you get the idea). Later, I could say "go get your stick" and he knew it. He's very quick to associate words. Outside he knows his ring (chuck it ring), egg (Jolly Egg), ball (deflated basketball). Inside he has his bones, sticks, toy (nylabone log looking thing).
I would concentrate on one item at a time .. have him pick THAT item out of a line up so to speak. Then gradually add other items.
Xan Varik von Fernheim (born 4/3/13)