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Language and Communication Initiate a request for items to do a task  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To initiate a request for items that are needed to do a task.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Social Skills
TAP level:TAP30
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Impossible task!

Materials as needed, for example:

  • Pictures for cutting out e.g. old Argos catalogue
  • Scissors
  • Simple board game
  • Blunt pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paper
  • Equipment for an activity the child enjoys
  • Bubbles


Ask the child to carry out tasks without giving them the equipment they need. For example:
  • Ask the child to cut out a picture but do not provide any scissors.
  • Attempt to play a simple board game but do not provide a dice.
  • Ask the child to write their name but have only a blunt pencil; do not provide a pencil sharpener.
  • Put the equipment you need for an activity the child enjoys somewhere the child can see it but not reach it, such as on a high shelf.
  • Produce a bottle of bubbles without the bubble wand inside.

If a child does not request anything, you can try to motivate the child to correct you or "help you", for example:

  • look confused;
  • look confused, and say "oh..." "no...scissors!";
  • give the child a ruler instead to cut the paper;

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