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Language and Communication Activities to develop understanding of the concepts front and back  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will help your child to develop understanding and use of the concepts of front and back.

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Early years skill:Shape, space and measure
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Shape Space and Measures
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
Draw a picture

- Paper and drawing materials

- Object that looks different at the front/back.

1. Ask you child to look at the item in front of them and draw a picture of it.

2. Now turn the object around and ask them to take a look at it from the back, and to draw it again.

3. Talk about the pictures using the words "front" and "back" in your descriptions. Ask your child to say which ones show the back of the figure and which ones the front.

Jump on board game

1. Print and cut out the sorting game materials.

2. Place the boat, train and bus on the table in front of your child. Spread out a few of the character cards.

3. Explain to your child that you are going to tell them where to put the characters - sometimes they will sit at the back of the vehicle and sometimes at the front. 

4. Give instructions, e.g. 'put the mermaid at the back of the boat'.

5. If your child is not sure, talk about the front and back of the vehicles.

6. Swap over and let your child give you some instructions.

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