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Language and Communication use mimes for common activities  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pretending to do a variety of activities using mime.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L2b
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP68
Section: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
Pretend Dinners

Pictures of different foods

(e.g. ice-cream, grapes, apple, pizza, burger, crisps, coffee)

1. Talk about what miming is (i.e. pretending to do something without talking);

2. Show the children a mime of you pretending to eat an item of food;

3. Let the children take turns taking a picture and miming how they would eat it;

4. Let the other children in the group try to 'guess' what the food is.

Encourage the children to think about all the steps involved when miming (e.g. orange peel it, divide it into segments, eat it).

To make it more challenging remove the visual prompts so that the children have to identify what food to mime.

Let's Mime

Cards with different situations on them (e.g. walking the dog, digging a hole, putting on lipstick, washing your hair, playing the piano, flying a kite, roller skating, climbing a ladder, riding a horse, shaving, chopping wood)

"Let's Mime" cards can be purchased from 'Winslow'

( these have pictures,

or make your own by writing the description on a card.

Variation: 'Magic Bag' get the children to take turns holding the 'magic bag' (just use a paper bag) and they have to pretend to pull out an item and mime how they would use it while the other children have to guess what it is.


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