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Language and Communication Develop an awareness that different people have different preferences  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Early years skill:Making Relationships
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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
I like/ I don’t like

Laminated A3 sheet divided in half with a line, with an "I like" symbol on one side and an "I don’t like" symbol on the other side (symbols could be a smiley face and a sad face);

Assortment of pictures of food, animals, cartoon characters, games etc.;

Use Velcro or blue-tak to attach pictures to board. 


  1. Talk through the "I like/ I don’t like" board with the child. 
  2. Start with a picture of food – as most children have clear ideas about what foods they like and dislike!
  3. Choose a food picture and show the child, asking "X, do you like broccoli?" 
  4. Attach the picture to the correct side of the board, depending on the child’s response.
  5. Once the child has responded for 6-8 pictures, review the board. E.g “You like apples, chocolate and pasta, but you don’t like broccoli, oranges or ice-cream." 
  6. Take the pictures off the board and support the child to ask another adult/ peer "Do you like..." questions.
Jump in the hoop

Large plastic hoop.

Assortment of pictures of food, animals, cartoon characters, games etc. (if needed).

  1. Place the plastic hoop in a space on the floor.
  2. A pair/ group of children stand around the hoop. Tell them to listen for instructions.
  3. Give instructions about preferences, e.g "Jump in the hoop if you like bananas".
  4. After a few goes of this, or on another occasion, choose a child to give the instructions - use the prompt cards if necessary to help them to choose a "like" to put in the instruction.
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