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Understanding sentences with two key words


Why is this important?

This is part of the continuum of language development: children learn to abstract meaning from one (key) word and then move to being able to do the same with two.


What to do
Gather together:

  • Teddy and doll (or two of the child’s toys).
  • Two of the following objects: bed/chair/table/box/plate/cup.
  •  Put out the two toys and three objects.
  • Ask the child to put one of the toys ‘in’/‘on’ one of the objects, e.g. ‘Put doll on the table.’ ‘Put teddy in the box.’
  • Vary the instructions and use different toys and objects.

Note: The child doesn’t need to understand the prepositions in/on to do this task.