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Pupils make a choice from two items

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Maths
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P3ii
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP18
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
Choosing between food items 1
  • Small pieces of desired food
  • Small pieces of less desired food
  1. Find a quiet place to work and sit opposite the child.
  2. Get the child's attention by calling their name or stroking a cheek or clapping your hands.
  3. Present pairs of food items the child must choose from (one desired and one less desired item).
  4. Put them on a small tray and place the items as far apart as possible.
  5. At first give choices between favoured and hated food items e.g. crisps and raw onion!
  6. Draw the child's attention to both the options. You may need to take the child's hand and reach their hand in the direction of the options. Say "Look ... ... crisps ... ... onion. Choose".

Give child time to settle and see the items to choose from.

Work for short bursts.

Give lots of praise for making a choice or starting to make a choice.

Choosing between food items 2

Small pieces of 2 different desired foods.

Choosing between toy items 1
  • One desired toy
  • One undesired toy.
Choosing between toy items 2

Two desired toys


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