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Language and Communication Recognises the odd one out  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Recognising the odd one out in a group of pictures or objects

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Using and Applying
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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
What's in the bag

Draw string bag

Sets of objects, for example:

Groups of pens, cars, Lego bricks.

You could also use objects which differ markedly in texture, for example six normal pieces of paper and a piece of sandpaper.

1. Put a group of things into a bag and add one clearly different object.

2. Take turns taking things out of the bag and saying/signing what they are;

3. Comment on the item that is different, for example "look... this is the odd one out" or "this is different" (look surprised, puzzled, make an exclamation).

Make this a fun activity - use humour!

Extend it to everyday situations by commenting on - say - a line of cars but a bus is the odd one out, or a group of children all have coats but one child has no coat

Categorising pictures

Sets of pictures from packs of pictures cards, torn from magazines or catalogues so that you have a group with an obvious characteristic in common and one picture which is clearly different.

Finding the odd one out with objects

Objects can include:

Coloured bricks/tiles/pens

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