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Using an increasing range of prepositions: ‘behind’, ‘in front’, ‘next to’ and ‘between’


Why is this important?
Prepositions are used to describe the placement of objects or people. They help children describe the world around them.

What to do

  • Place several toys around the room – put them ‘behind’, ‘in front’, ‘next to’ and ‘between’ other things.
  • As the child locates a toy, ask: ‘Where is monkey?’
  • If the child gets it right, reinforce by repeating back straightaway: ‘Well done! Monkey is next to the lamp!’ and move on to find the next toy.
  • If the child doesn’t respond or responds incorrectly, offer a choice, e.g. ‘Is [the] monkey under the cup or behind the cup?’
  • If the child is still finding the task difficult, model the correct answer, e.g.

Adult – ‘Where’s [the] monkey hiding? He’s hiding behind the cup. Where’s [the] monkey hiding?’
Child – ‘Behind.’
Adult – ‘Well done, behind the cup.’


Online Activity:

Curious George . Hide and Seek | PBS KIDS