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Language and Communication Developing awareness that an object exists when out of sight  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will help your child develop awareness that an object exists when out of sight.

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Early years skill:Communication and Language
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths
P-scales/Curriculum level:P2
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP12
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Realisation
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Engagement
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments

- A toy that your child is motivated by.

- A small blanket.

  1. Show your child the toy and let them explore it.
  2. Cover the toy with the blanket.
  3. Pull the blanket off the toy - you could say 'peek a boo' or name the toy as you uncover it.
  4. Repeat this a few times and watch your child's reaction - do they anticipate you are going to pull the blanket off? Do they attempt to get to the hidden object?
  5. If your child is not looking towards the blanket when you hide the toy, try using a noisy toy so they can listen to the sound when it is hidden under the blanket.

Only do this activity when the child is interested in the toy and is likely to want to continue to play with it

Keep other distractions to a minimum - if there are other toys for them to play with they may not look for the hidden toy

If the child is not aware that the toy still exists, gain their attention and lift up the cloth. 'Here it is!' Let the child play with the toy again

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