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Language and Communication Activities to develop recognising the odd one out  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities build on understanding of same/different and working out why an item is different from a selection of other objects.

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Using and Applying
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP36
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
What's in the bag

- Draw string bag

- Sets of objects, for example:

Groups of pens, cars, Lego bricks.

- You could also use objects which differ markedly in texture, for example six normal pieces of paper and a piece of sandpaper.

If you do not have obejcts available you could print out and use a selection of category cards below:

     - clothes

     - animals

     - body parts

     - food

     - transport

     - toys

1. Put a group of objects/pictures into a bag and add one clearly different object/picutre.

2. Take turns taking things out of the bag and saying/signing what they are.

3. Comment on the item that is different, for example "look... this is the odd one out" or "this is different" (look surprised, puzzled, make an exclamation).

Odd one out pictures

1. Cut out the pictures and place them face down in a pile.

2. Take turns at turning ovr a card and working out which item is the odd one out and why.

3. If your child finds this challenging, work out together why the object is the odd one out, e.g. a plane, car and bus are all tpyes of transport, but an apple is a food.

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