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Language and Communication Use ready steady go in turn taking  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To develop turn taking skills and use the set phrase "ready, steady, go!" in a turn taking activity

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Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP24
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Ready steady go with toys

A selection of the following:

Large cardboard tube (e.g. used to send posters through the post), and small blocks, cars or toys.

Marble run and marbles (note, only use the marble run if you can be certain the child won't put the marbles in their mouth.)

Push and go toy.

Cars and ramp.

Pop up toy

Any other suitable cause and effect toy.

This activity is described as if it is using one of the first four toys, but you can adapt it to the toys you have available.

1. Set up the equipment for the activity (e.g. make the marble run).

2. Give the child one item (ball, car, marble etc.) only, and take one for yourself. Put the others away out of reach and out of sight.

3. Say, "it's [your own name]'s turn".

4. Demonstrate how to do the activity. Before you drop the item down the chute, say "Ready, steady GO!"

5. Say "it's [name of the child]'s turn".

6. Put your hands over the top of the chute to prevent the child dropping the item too soon.

7. Say, "ready, steady, GO!"

8. As you say the word "go", take your hand away from the top of the chute to allow the child to post the item.

9. Prompt the child to post if necessary.

10. Repeat the above.

11. After the child has carried out the activity several times, begin saying "ready, steady....." and encourage them to say the word "go!"

12. After the child has carried out the activity several more times, begin saying "ready, ..." and encourage them to say the words "steady, go!"

Don't forget to praise the child for "good waiting", "good talking" etc.

To encourage the child to say "go" after "ready steady": have several goes yourself saying "ready steady go", (releasing the marble etc. after saying go). Then say "ready steady" and wait for any response from the child indicating "go" and then immediately release the marble (etc.) - if necessary, you can say a clear "go" at this point.

If the child makes no response after you have waited a while, say "go" and release the marble anyway.

You can support "go" with a gesture or sign. The Makaton/Signalong sign for "start" is an appropriate one to use (NB, use the word "go" at the same time as this sign).

See also:

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