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


These activities help your child to find items from subcategories.

You may find the following information sheets useful:

Word Finding Difficulties

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; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Subcategory Dice

- Printable subcategory dice templates



:Household Items


- Printable subcategory cards



:Household Items


  1. Choose which subcategory you would like to focus on. Cut out and make up the dice. Cut out the matching subcategory cards.
  2. Spread the subcategory 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 subcategory but is not in the picture cards.

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