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Language and Communication Indicates wanting more of an activity  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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Encouraging the child to indicate when he/she wants more of a motivating activity.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P3i
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP15
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
Bubbles/balloon

Blow some bubbles to get the child's attention / Blow a balloon up and then let the air out to make a noise.

Get ready to do the activity again, but wait for the child to indicate that they want some more.

Use a phrase to encourage anticipation (for example "ready, steady......go!")

Initially encourage eye contact to communicate wanting more. You can do this by holding the bubbles up near your face.

As the child becomes more consistent in using eye contact encourage them to use the "more" sign by modelling this for them.

The activity must be motivating for the child for this to work: do not labour the activity if the child is not interested in it.

Building a tower

Bricks or stacking beakers.

Work in a quiet distraction free place.

Make this activity fun and snappy!

The activity must be motivating for the child for this to work: do not labour the activity if the child is not interested in it.

Making sand pies with a twist

Small bucket

Sand in a sand pit

Spade

Small animal to hide at the bottom of the bucket.

Have fun!

The activity must be motivating for the child for this to work: do not labour the activity if the child is not interested in it.

Filling transparent container with bottle tops (or other items)

Several containers

Large amount of bottle tops (or other similar material)

Have fun!

Rattle the bag with the bottle tops, and give a lot of encouragement and praise. Make sure the child knows they are going to be rewarded with the desired object if they indicate more.

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