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Language and Communication Play with one friend then play with someone else  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To understand that you should not try and play with one friend the whole time, but play with more than one person.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Section: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

Story script

- see "Robert's Friend" (, or make up your own story (two main characters and two others - one of the main characters wants to play with their friend the whole time, and they fall out).

Explain to the child / children that you are going to tell them a story. They need to tell you what the characters did that was good and what was not good.

Tell the story, and repeat it.

Discuss. Talk about what the characters could do differently.

Make sure you talk about:

- Do we need to play together all the time to be friends?

- Do friends sometimes play at different games?

- What happens if we try and play with one person the whole time?

Role-play with puppets

Puppets / paper figures

Story script used above

What to do if...your friend wants to play with someone else?

A3 sheet of paper


Flash cards (optional)

Puppets (optional)

Key strategies:

- Ask someone else to play with you

- Choose something else to do

- Say, 'ok, see you later'.

- Ask an adult to play with you.

- Ask if you can join in someone else's game.

- Remember that it doesn't mean they don't want to be your friend - they just want to play with someone else for a bit.

'I would like to play a game with...' card

Laminated card 'I would like to play a game with...'

Sticky notes


Some simple games

Timer (optional)

This can be used in the playground, provided there are at least two children who are willing to be chosen. If there are, the activity will be to play a specific game, for a set time, and then to play with someone else.


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