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Language and Communication Give 4 word instructions  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


In general situations, the child will be able to give instructions of four key words.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP48
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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
Giving 4 word instructions

Big and little food pictures (cut out), 2 baskets and 2 trolleys, each with a picture of a girl or boy.

1. Place the baskets and trolleys with some matching food pictures where the child can see them.

2. Ask the child to put the big or little items of food in the girl or boy's basket or trolley

e.g. put big apple in girl's basket / put little banana in boy's trolley / put big biscuit in girl's trolley.

Encourage the child to put the food into the appropriate basket or trolley.

Give the child plenty of time to respond.

Give the child plenty of praise and encouragement.

Allow the child to explore materials and give time to respond to questions

Giving and understanding 4 word instructions

Toys/pictures of table, cupboard, chair and bed.

Pictures of dog and cat actions (cut out).

1. Place furniture toys/pictures in front of child.

2. Take turns to tell each other where to put the dog or cat pictures.

e.g. make dog sit on table / cat sit on chair / cat lie under bed.

This task allows for opportunities to give and understand 4 word instructions.

Giving 4 word instructions: farm game

Big and little toy animals

Doll and teddy

2 barns and fields

1. Place the doll and teddy in front of the child, each with a barn and a field.

2. Give your child some matching big and little animals and ask him/her to tell you where to put the animals

e.g. big cat in teddy's field / little rabbit in doll's barn

Outside activity game

A ball.

Two goals, one red and one green.

Two baskets, one red and one green.

1. Show the child the goals, baskets and balls

2. Ask the child to tell you what to do with the ball.

e.g. kick ball into red basket / throw ball into green goal.

Classroom tidying up game

4 pieces of classroom equipment e.g. pencil, pen, ruler, rubber.

2 boxes of different colours

1. Place the classroom equipment in front of the child.

2. Ask the child to tell you what to do with the equipment.

e.g. put ruler under green box / put pencil in blue box.

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