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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/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
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

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

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.

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.

Any other high interest activity game that can be used in a small group


Waiting cards


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