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Language and Communication matches related everyday objects  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils match together everyday objects such as toothbrush and toothpaste, cup and saucer.

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Early years skill:The world
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Science
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP24
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
Find and match

Pairs of related objects, for example:

pencil and paper

sock and a shoe

bar of soap and a flannel, toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste

hammer and nail

knife and fork


1. Select pairs of related objects;

2. Place one member of each of the object pairs in front of the child (e.g. pencil, sock, soap, toothbrush);

3. Place the remaining objects (e.g. paper, shoe, flannel, toothpaste) in a box;

4. Have the child pick an object from the box and ask them to "Find the one we use with this";

5. Repeat with the rest of the objects in the box.

If necessary, demonstrate how the objects go together, or get the child to show you.

If the child chooses the wrong item, you can look puzzled and try and use those items together. For example try and write on the paper with a toothbrush. Then you can try and find the right item, and look pleased with yourself/ express happiness when you find you can make marks on the paper.

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