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Language and Communication Use two adjectives plus a noun  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child will use 2 adjectives with a noun to describe pictures.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Expressive Language
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
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Describe it

Coloured pictures of a range of objects (in two or more colours e.g. red and green) with a big and a small version in each colour (e.g. big green fork, small green fork, big red fork, small red fork).

To make the pictures, you can: draw your own, use clip art, photocopy line drawings on to different coloured sheets of paper, or use a product such as "Flash-Pro" (see

1. Have a set of 4 pictures (e.g. big green fork, small green fork, big red fork, small red fork). Spread them out on the table in front of the child.

2. Ask the child to select the one you name.

3. When s/he can do this introduce another object so you have 8 pictures (e.g. big green fork, small green fork, big red fork, small red fork, big green cup, small green cup, big red cup, small red cup).

4. Swap roles so the child has a chance to give you instructions.

Make up lots of sets of 4 pictures.

Note with the sets of four pictures, the children don't need to use the noun (e.g. "fork") to identify a particular picture. With two sets of four, they need to use both adjectives and a noun to identify a particular picture: look confused/guess wrongly if the child doesn't give you enough information.

To make this more fun, you can make this into a game. Take it in turns to hide a piece of paper (with a smiley face on it say) under a card, whilst everyone else has their eyes closed. The other children then have to guess where the paper is hidden by speaking (no pointing!) With eight pictures they will need to use both adjectives and the noun to identify a picture - otherwise it may be necessary to prompt for more information (or just guess - preferably wrongly!* - the exact card they intended).

*If you guess wrong, it gives the child more incentive to try and add more information.


Different coloured sheets of paper, according to the colours you choose.

Pictures as above

1. You need to prepare your pictures in advance.

2. Shuffle the pictures, mixing up the big and small ones, as well as mixing up the colours

3. Spread your coloured sheets of paper on the table in front of the child and ask them to name them.

4. Ask the child to sort the pictures into groups (big and small), putting them on the correct coloured piece of paper and describe the picture (e.g. "big, blue boat").

If the child finds this too hard, use pictures of only one size and practice sorting by colour only first.

If the child says the colour, but not the size of the object, give the same colour big and small versions one after the other.

Drawing activity


Coloured pens/pencils

1. Ask the child to draw the pictures you describe, make sure you give 2 adjectives in the description (e.g. "draw a small pink house").

2. Let the child give you instructions; remind them they need to say a colour and a size in their description.

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