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Language and Communication Same and different  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Names objects as same and different

Early years skill:Shape, space and measure
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Using and Applying
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP48
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
Identifying a group of identical things as the same and a final object as different

A group of identical objects e.g. red lego bricks/coloured beakers/paint brushes and an object that is quite different.

Pictures of identical things e.g. lots of pictures of apples/shoes from the computer. Or photo copy something a number of times

Contrast with a different computer image or photo copied item.

Put out the identical objects one at a time and say 'Red lego, red lego' etc 'Look...........the same.' Use a sign/symbol/word to label the things as 'Same'.

Make a show of the item that is different. Label as 'Different' with sign/symbol/word.

Follow the same procedure with pictures as for working with objects.

Its easier to identify something as different when it is very different from others in the group

Extend understanding of this concept to everyday e.g. comment on children who have the same anorak/shoes/dinner and then contrast with a child who is different.

Barrier games

Colouring -in pictures of house/car/child/snowman etc

Give identical colouring-in pictures to two children. If possible don't let them see each other's work. Ask the children to colour items in. Compare at the end. Comment on items being the same/different.


Set of snap cards.

Play snap and comment on the cards that are the same.

You may need to fix this game so that the child 'wins' and so that 'snaps' come up quickly in the game.

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