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Language and Communication communicate precise information to another person  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To communicate the precise information another person needs to carry out a task.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L2b
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP68
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Barrier games

Paper, coloured pens, a barrier so that children can't see what each other is doing


  1. Each child has an identical picture, for example a picture of a house with a car outside and a couple of people. The children cannot see their partner's drawing.
  2. They take it in turns to tell the other child to colour something in, for example 'colour the windows red', 'colour the wheels brown' and so on. (The child needs to understand two key words for each of these instructions).
  3. After each instruction, compare the drawings to see if the description was understood.


Children tell each other what to draw - for example 'draw a big red car', 'draw a monster on top of the roof'.

You can use two sets of identical miniatures, and use instructions like 'put the man on the block and put the bike next to him'.

Start with simpler pictures and move on to more complicated ones. Using pictures where there are several similar objects means that instructions need to be more precise:

E.g. a big blue square, a little blue square, a big blue star, a little blue star, and red versions of these shapes too means that all 3 details are needed.

'Where's Wally?'

'Where's Wally?' pictures, or something similar (a particular person or object hidden in a large detailed picture)

Photocopies of each picture you are going to use

Identify one child to give the instructions, and give them one picture.

Give the other child / children the other copy of the same picture.

Have the first child give instructions to help the others find the target. E.g. 'Find the house at the top of the picture. Find the red car between the house and the top corner. Count 5 people up from the car.

You will need to help the first child find the target first!

What's wrong picture

Pictures of a situation with an absurdity in it, e.g. wearing a raincoat at the beach. (Colour Cards by LDA publish a set of these).


Coloured pens

Take it in turns to choose a picture, which you keep hidden from the other person. Describe the picture while the other person tries to draw it based on your description. Compare the drawing to the original picture and say how the picture should look. If the drawing does not look very much like the picture, say why this went wrong.

Obstacle Course

Simple obstacle course


Set up a simple obstacle course, either with PE equipment, or by moving furniture around the room.

Ask a child to volunteer to be blindfolded and another child to guide them round the course.

The second child must guide the first one only by telling them which way to go. E.g. 'walk forward 3 steps. Stop. Go left 4 small steps.'

Change some parts of the obstacle course before each person has a turn, so that they have not memorised it.

This could be played as a team activity.

This can also be played using small world figures and miniature objects.

You could also do this activity without the blindfold - the guider is (secretly) given a point to guide the other child to. They then give instructions which can only contain directions (forward, left, right, backward, stop, number of steps).

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