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Language and Communication describes object or picture  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Describes an object or picture he/she can see

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1b
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP56
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Guess the object picture

Pack of object picture cards

Variation: use real objects which are hidden in a bag.

The children take it in turns to pick a card.

Don't show the others your card.

Describe what's on the card but don't say what it is.

The other children must guess what is on the card.

Note it is often possible to see through the cards especially if the light is behind the person with the card - give the person with card something to go behind the card to make it difficult to see through it).

At first, children will often say the name of what's on the card.

Ask questions such as 'What do you do with it', 'Where can you find it' to help the child give a clue. This can also help to give the child the idea that they are supposed to be describing the object, not naming it.

Children may describe the object using the colour - sometimes this is useful (for example if it's a banana), but in other cases it is not relevant - for example if the object is a chair saying that it is red is not particularly useful.

Barrier games

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

Black sheet press have a range of ready made sheets for doing these activities.

Each child has an identical simple drawing, for example a picture of a house with a car outside and a couple of people. The children cannot see each others drawing. 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). 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'.

At first, you can start by giving the instructions.

What's wrong pictures

What's wrong pictures (e.g. LDA, colorcards)

Pen and paper

Choose a picture (or let the child choose one). Both people look at it. Take it in turns to describe the picture and say how it should look. Make sure you have a new picture to describe each time.

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.

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