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Language and Communication Looks at and responds to an adult  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


In response to motivating activities the child will look at an adult, maintain attention and respond consistently.

Early years skill:Communication and Language
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Curriculum level:P2i
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP9
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Anticipation
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

Blanket/sparkly cloth or chiffon scarf.

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

Sit on the carpet or at a table dependent on where is most convenient.

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

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