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Language and Communication Developing the skill of looking at and responding to another person  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will encourage your child to look at an adult and respond to them.

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Early years skill:Communication and Language
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Curriculum level:P2i
TAP skill:Attention and Listening
TAP level:TAP9
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Anticipation
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 piece of material - this could be a blanket, a muslin, a cloth, a scarf.

  1. Sit down with your child.
  2. Call your child's name to encourage them to look at you.
  3. Hold up the cloth between yourself and your child so that you cannot see each other's faces. Make a noise to help your child anticipate what will happen, e.g. "ooooo".
  4. Pull the cloth down and say "boo" maintaining eye contact with your child.
  5. Wait for a response, e.g. your child smiling and then say "more" and repeat the activity.

Sit on the carpet or at a table dependent on where is most comfortable for your child.

Your child may not respond to their name so you may need to make an interesting sound to get their attention.


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