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Language and Communication Activities to develop understanding of 4 key word instructions (nouns/verbs/adjectives/prepositions)  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will help you child to develop the ability to understand instructions containing four key words. To find out more information about key word instructions click here.

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Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP42
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
Dinner Time (noun + size + noun + noun)

- 2 different soft toys

- 2 plates

- 2 boxes or baskets

- big/little food pictures - click here to print

2. Put the 2 soft toys in front of your child, and put a plate and box/basket in front of each one.

2. Select four or five pairs of pictures (i.e., big and small apple, big and small burger etc.) and spread them out - putting the big and small pictures next to each other. Say the name of each picture as you put them out.

3. Ask your child to put an item of food on the doll's or teddy's plate or basket (e.g. "put the big banana on teddy's plate").

Place the items (noun + size + noun + noun)

1. Print and cut out the figures and everyday item cards. 

2. Explain to your child that you are going to tell them to put the items on different body parts.

3. Spread the item cards out in front of your child - make sure you have a big/little version of each item.

3. Give instructions to your child, e.g. put the little key on the girl's head, put the big plate on the boys foot.

4. After a few turns swap roles and see if your child can give you instructions.

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