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Language and Communication Turn taking 2  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils take part in work/play involving 2 or 3 others in a cooperative manner (i.e. turn taking) with minimum adult supervision

Early years skill:Managing feelings and behaviour
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP42
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
Marble run game

Marble run game;

Waiting cards.

  1. Set up the track and pass the marbles round the children.
  2. When everyone has had one go say 'Who's turn next?' You want the children to name the next child in the circle and to pass the marbles with as little prompting as possible.
  3. Some children may need handover hand modelling to pass the marbles.
  4. The target child may need to hold a waiting card to support waiting for their turn.

Keep this activity for the end of a small group work session.

Keep the activity short and snappy so that the children keep motivated.

Choose really interesting toys for this activity that the children don't have general access to.


Box of song cards with a name/picture for each song that could be chosen.

  1. Give the song card box to one child.
  2. They choose a song;
  3. All sing a short bit of the song.
  4. Encourage them to offer the box to the next child to choose a song.

Keep the song short - only sing a bit of it to avoid the children having to wait to long between choosing a song.

A bag with a selection of appealing toys inside

1. Take out a toy, play with it for a short time and pass it on.

2. Allow each child a short time to play then say 'Who's turn next?' and support the child handing the toy around.


Variety of stickers - for example of cartoon characters, cars, animals etc.

  1. Offer a choice of stickers to a child. Encourage the child to choose a sticker.
  2. Give the set of stickers to the same child, and encourage them to offer the next child in turn a choice of stickers.
  3. When the next child has chosen, the child offering the stickers should take off a sticker and give it to them.
  4. The first child passes the set of stickers on so that the second child in turn can offer a choice to their neighbour;
  5. Repeat until all the children have a sticker.

You could do this activity as an activity to end a group session.

Some children may find it difficult to peel off a sticker - give them minimum help to do it themselves, for example peeling up a small corner of a sticker.


Pot of bubbles liquid.

  1. Give a child the bubbles pot for them to blow some bubbles.
  2. After they have blown the bubbles, say 'Who's turn is it next?' and support the child in handing the bubbles on.

Depending on the children, it may be easier (and less messy!) to pass the bubble wand (stick) around and for you to keep hold of the bubbles container - on their turn they dip the wand into the bubbles to blow.

Musical instruments

One drum or other instrument. Or, on drum or other instrument for each child.

  1. Give a child an instrument, for example a drum for them to beat.
  2. After they have played the drum for a short time, say 'Who's turn is it next?' and support the child in handing the drum on.

Going further:

  1. Each child has a drum each.
  2. Ask one child to beat the drum.
  3. Ask who's turn is it next - support the first child to stop drumming and the next child to start.
  4. With more practice the children may be able to take turns to drum around the circle without prompts.
Any other high interest activity game that can be used in a small group


Waiting cards

As with the "marble run" activity.

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