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Language and Communication Combine two key words 2  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Child combines two words.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:16-26m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP30
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
Playing in the water/sand with toy animals

Plastic animals and a water/sand tray/pots/cups/etc

Watch the child playing with an animal in the sand or water and comment on the play at the two word level e.g. 'dog's swimming' or 'cat's hiding' or 'horse gone'

Copy the child's activity and comment on what you are doing e,g, child makes dog make dog jump and comment by saying 'Dog jump!'

Choose activities that are motivating for the child.

Keep language to the 2-word level.

Allow processing time.

Silence is OK while you wait for a suitable action from the child to comment on. Only use the short 2 word phrases you want the child to start using


Blow bubbles and say 'more bubbles', pause and hold the wand up expectantly...........will the child request 'more bubbles?'

Action toys

Marble run

Cars and a car run

Spinning top


Cause and effect toys

Use the toy, wait expectantly, provide language models e.g. 'more marbles' or 'more spin' etc will the child copy your language to get the effect?

Noise making




Anything to bang with a beater

Bang a drum and then a box.........will the child request 'more banging' or 'bang cup'?

Give the child the beater and comment on the child's actions e.g. 'bang cup', 'bang box' After you have commented for a while on actions will the child start to use the 2 word phrases?

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