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Language and Communication Activities to develop early turn taking skills  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities focus on developing early turn taking skills. click here for information sheet - What is turn taking?

Early years skill:Personal, Social and Emotional
Early years typical range:16-26m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP24
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Ball Roll

- a ball

  1. Look at your child, say their name and roll a ball to them. 
  2. Encourage your child to roll the ball back to you. If your child is unsure how to do this, ask another adult to sit with the child and gently show them how to roll the ball back. As you receive the ball, say your name, or ask the other adult to say your name.
  3. Continue rolling the ball back and forth, saying the name of the person who is receiving it, until your child is ready to finish the activity.
  4. Once you have taken a few turns and your child knows what to do, you can start adding the word 'turn' after the name, e.g. 'mummy's turn' 'Harry's turn'.
  5. It is not expected your child will use the words as this activity can be used with children who are not yet verbal - it is important for them to hear the adult using words. 


To extend this activity, you could add extra people to roll the ball to (small group).


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