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Language and Communication Aware that an object exists when out of sight  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Aware that objects still exist when out of sight.

Early years skill:Communication and Language
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Maths
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P2
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP12
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Desired toys and cloth
  • one or more toys that the child is interested in;
  • a cloth which you can cover a toy with.
  1. Let the child choose a toy and play with it for a while.
  2. Place the toy on the floor/table - see if the child reaches for it. If they do, allow them to play with it again.
  3. Place it back on the floor/table and cover it with the cloth. Does the child know it is still there? Do they look for it?

Only do this activity when the child is interested in the toy and is likely to want to continue to play with it

Keep other distractions to a minimum - if there are other toys for them to play with they may not look for the hidden toy

If the child is not aware that the toy still exists, gain their attention and lift up the cloth. 'Here it is!' Let the child play with the toy again


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