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Understanding more complex instructions


Why is this important?
This activity will help children follow three key words in a sentence,

thereby developing verbal understanding.

What to do

  • Three-word level instructions can be given during any and all daily activities. In this way teaching and learning opportunities are available throughout the day.
  • Gather together the following:

- Doll, teddy (or alternative toy character). 

- Flannel, hair brush.

  • Play together using the items to ‘wash’ and ‘brush’ doll/teddy’s body parts.
  • Encourage the child to listen and then give an instruction using three key words: ‘Wash teddy’s feet.’  ‘Brush doll’s hair.’  ‘Brush doll’s hand.’

N.B. Try to remember not to look at, point to or give any visual clues (you can do this if you need to simplify the activity).

  • If the child doesn’t quite get it right, acknowledge what he/she has managed, repeat the instruction and then gently prompt/guide the child towards the correct toys. Repeat the instruction as you guide or the child copies you.