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Language and Communication Activities to develop understanding of instructions containing 3 key words - set 3 (nouns/adjectives/prepositions)  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will help you child to develop the ability to understand instructions containing 3 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:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
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
Animal Game (size + noun + preposition)

1. Print and cut out the big/little animal picture cards.

2. Explain to you child that you are going to ask them to place the animals in different places.

3. Lay out a selection of big and little animals in front of your child - make sure you have the big and little version of each animal.

4. Give instructions containing a preposition, e.g. put the big sheep under the box, put the little cow next to the box.

Prepostion words you could use: in, on, under, being, in front, next to.

Hide the toys (noun + preposition + noun)

- A room with different furniture or items such as baskets/boxes where you can hide objects.

- Objects/toys (e.g. ball, car, doll etc)

Show your child the furniture/items you are going to use and the items that you are going to hide.

Ask your child to put the toys in different places, e.g. "put the ball under the bed", or "put the car on the chair".

The instruction should contain object + preposition + object for it to be a three key word instruction. 

After a few turns, ask your child to give you instructions. 

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