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Language and Communication For child to look at their peers and use their names when in a turn taking activity  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Child takes turn in a small group of peers in a supported turn taking game.

Early years skill:Managing feelings and behaviour
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Social Interaction
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
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Play a game with adult supervision

Marble run;

Bricks for sharing building and knocking down a tower;

Any lotto game where pictures have to be matched;


Pushing cars down a run/pipe.

pictures of children taking part

  1. Choose 3 - 4 of the child's peers, a mix of those they are familiar with from their class and other children they maybe would not choose to play with.
  2. Demonstrate the game to the children and make sure that you use their names whilst showing their photographs. Let the children know you are not going to pick them one after the other but they have to listen to when their name is called!
  3. Support turn taking initially by saying "It's John's turn... it's Fatimas's turn", it's Dylan' s turn... and pointing to the photograph and then looking for and at that child and pointing to the child.
  4. When the children know what is happening choose one to lead the turns similar to what you are doing at the table top).
  5. Leave the pictures of each child on the table so they can see them easily.
  6. If the child chooses just to point to a child saying e.g. 'your turn' model the correct phrase for them, e.g. 'Fatima it's your turn, or your turn, Fatima' encouraging them to look at the child as well.

Keep turns short and snappy so children don't need to wait too long.

Keep the time spent on the whole game short and snappy so children don't get bored.

Support good waiting by saying "you are waiting..." sometimes the child will find it easier to wait if they have something to hold while they wait - this could be a waiting symbol.


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