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Language and Communication enjoys having physical contact  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Enjoys having physical contact.

Early years skill:Self-confidence and self-awareness
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P2i
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP9
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Persistence
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Engagement
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
Joining in rolling a ball back and forth to an adult

Use a large soft ball that won't go too far!

Roll the ball to the child and say the child's name.

The child will need another adult to help roll the ball back to you to start with . As the second adult rolls the ball back to you the second adult says your name.

After a while the child may be able to roll the ball back to you without the help of another adult. When this is possible provide the child with a language model of your name as he throws/rolls the ball.

Play rolling a ball against a wall. Roll the ball and as you roll say your name + turn e.g. 'Mary's turn'. The child may need help to roll the ball against the wall and say his name + turn e.g. 'Abdul's turn' You can give him this help yourself if another adult is not available - although to start with it helps to have two adults so that the second adult can use hand over hand modelling to support the child.

Make this a fun activity but keep the language down to the names of the people playing and the word 'turn'.

Jumping on a trampoline or trampette

Another real fun activity.

Tickling games
Bouncing a child on your knee
Play Round and Round the garden
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