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Language and Communication Activities to develop early choice making between two items  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities help your child to develop the ability to make a choice between 2 items.

Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Curriculum level:P2
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP12
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Exploration
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Engagement
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
Choosing Between Toys

- Desired and undesired toys, other objects

To begin with hold out a liked toy and a neutral object like a piece of paper - encourage the child to reach for what they want.

When they can do this consistently hold out two toys - encourage the child to reach to choose.

Vary which side you hold the toys out to ensure that the child doesn't always reach in one direction.

Occasionally, when the child has been reaching for what they want swap the toys around and see whether they still reach for the same one.

Always label what they choose for example "snake ... you want the snake...".

Choosing Between Food

- Two types of food

Hold out two types of food and encourage the child to choose.

As above, start off with a choice between a desired and undesired food.

As above

Always label what the child chooses or reaches for.

For example:

'Oh, rice, mmmm'

Make appropriate sounds like 'mmmmmm', 'yum yum' etc.

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