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Language and Communication Activities to develop the use of irregular plurals  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will help to develop the use of irregular plurals. A plural is a grammatical marker that indicates there is more than one of an item. A plural is usually marked by putting an 's' on the end of a word, e.g. 'cat' 'cats'. Some words do not follow this pattern, e.g. 'sheep', 'tooth/teeth'. Make sure your child understands regular plurals before working on irregular plurals.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section: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

1. Explain to your child that you are going to talk about plurals - this is where there it more than one item.

2. Explain that for lots of items, we add an 's' on the end of the word to indicate more than one, e.g. 'one cat, two cats'.

3. Explain that some words use a different ending. Look through the picture cards together and talk about hte different words.



To work on regular plurals first - click here for activities (add link)

Matching Pairs

1. Print a copy of the picture cards and cut them out.

2. Place the cards face down in front of you on the table.

3. Explain to you child you are gonig to find the matching pairs, e.g. foot and feet.

4. Take turns to have a go at finding a pair. Whe nyou find a pair, say a sentence for each word, e.g. 'I hurt my foot' and 'My feet are tired'.

5. If you win a pair, you get another turn. Continue to play until all the pairs have been found. The winner is the person with the most. 


1. Print out 2 sets of the resource pictures. For one set, cut out all the individual pictures. The second set are the lotto boards.

2. Give each player a lotto board and shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile.

3. Each player takes a turn to take a card from the pile and say the word. If your child does not use the plural ending, you can gently remind them.

4. If the player has the picture on their board, they can cover it with the card. If not, they put the card to the bottom of the pile. 

5. The winner is the first person to cover all their pictures.

To make this game harder, you could say a sentence with your target word in.

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