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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/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L2b
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP68
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

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

Obstacle Course

Simple obstacle course


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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