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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/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
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

Action toys

Marble run

Cars and a car run

Spinning top


Cause and effect toys

Noise making




Anything to bang with a beater

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