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Language and Communication Activities to develop finding items from different categories   This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities help your child to search for items from different categories.

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Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Using and Applying
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP42
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Maths
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Standard 2
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
Category Dice

- category dice template - click here

- printable category cards (click on each category):

     - clothes

     - animals

     - body parts

     - food

     - transport

     - toys



  1. Cut out and make up the category dice. Cut out the category cards.
  2. Spread the category cards on the surface in front of you and your child.
  3. Explain to your child that you are going to take turns at rolling the dice, which ever side the dice lands on, you need to find a picture that fits into that category.
  4. Name the item that you have found. If you child is finding it challenging to name items try using some of the strategies to support word finding - click here (add link)
  5. Remember some items might fit in 2 or more subcategories dependent on the child's personal experience. You could use this as a discussion point.

If your child is finding this task challenging, you can help by searching for an item together. It may also be useful to visit activities working on sorting items into categories - click here.


If your child is able to do this activity, when they select a card, you could ask them to think of another item that belongs to that category but is not in the picture cards.


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