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Language and Communication Turn taking 1  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils can turn take in a simple game with adult supervision

Early years skill:Managing feelings and behaviour
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Social Skills
TAP level:TAP42
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
Play a game with adult supervision

Marble run;

Bricks for sharing building and knocking down a tower;

Any lotto game where pictures have to be matched;


Pushing cars down a run/pipe.

  1. Choose a patient friend!
  2. Demonstrate the game to both children.
  3. Support turn taking by saying "It's John's turn... it's Fatimas's turn".
  4. You may need to use hand over hand modelling to help the child maintain turn taking.

Keep turns short and snappy so children don't need to wait too long.

Keep the time spent on the whole game short and snappy so children don't get bored.

Support good waiting by saying "you are waiting..." sometimes the child will find it easier to wait if they have something to hold while they wait.

You might need to make a chart of your child's name and the friend's name and point to each name at the appropriate time to make the idea of turn taking more visible.

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