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Language and Communication Act out and name simple actions.  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils act out and use simple action words.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP36
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Lotto games

Cards of simple actions

Action lotto boards

The children have a lotto board each. You pull out a card, or have them take turns to pull out a card. If they have that action, they must say it or act it out to claim the card.

The child who fills their board first wins.

Posting games

pictures of simple actions, post box

Take a picture of an action, say or act out what it is, and post it

Give the pupil time to name the action. Help them by giving a prompt (e.g. a forced alternative, the first sound. or the word or sign to repeat)

Fishing game

pictures with paper clips attached, magnetic fishing rods, 'pond' e.g. a flat box

Give the pupil time to name the object. Help them by giving a prompt (e.g. a forced alternative, the first sound. or the word or sign to repeat)

'Hide the fish'

Eight picture cards, small piece of paper with a fish drawn on it

Guess the mime

Picture cards of actions

Story books and pictures
Do the actions

Symbols or pictures of four or six actions, such as 'jump', 'stand up', 'hand on your head', 'make a big smile'.


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