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Language and Communication Combine two key words 1  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To combine single words, signs or symbols to communicate meaning to a range of listeners, for example, 'Mummy gone' or 'more drink'

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:16-26m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP30
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
Non directive play

Play equipment such as tea set, teddies, dolls; cars, bricks, play people etc.

Could also be done with outdoor play equipment or in any other play situation.

  1. Allow the child to play with the toys freely with the minimum amount of help or intervention;
  2. Using one or two keywords only comment on what the child is doing. For example teddy's got the apple; the bricks fell over; Fred's swinging.

Don't expect the child to say anything in this activity. The purpose of the activity is for them to get used to hearing two keyword phrases, which directly relates to what they are doing.

Sorting games

(1) Sets of pictures and two places to sort them to e.g. clothes pictures, furniture pictures, picture of a house, picture of a wardrobe.

or (2) Sets of clothes pictures and outlines of a boy and a girl to stick them to

or (3) Sets of objects and two places to sort them to.

For example with the clothes and furniture pictures activity:

  1. Introduce the pictures first. (The child should already know the names of the objects you use).
  2. Mix up and turn the clothes and furniture pictures over.
  3. Take it in turns to turn over the picture and say its name, and the place it goes, for example 'TV... House'.

The child may need to hear the model a number of times before they are able to start saying both words themselves.

Kim's game

A selection of about four to six objects, cloth to cover them.

Giving instructions in a physical activity

(Small group)

As part of a range of classroom activities

No specific materials


Favourite story and some toy figures or toy plastic animals from the story

Tea party

Plastic tea set and food and some soft toys


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