In this section you will find activities to help develop your child’s understanding of concepts.
Many children struggle with understanding and using concept vocabulary. A concept is a word that usually describes an object or person in some way. They might describe the position of an object (e.g. in, under, behind) how it looks or feels (e.g. wet, rough) or its size (e.g. tall, small). Concepts also describe the order objects, people or actions happen in (e.g. first, before, last, after next).
They are all very important words for your child to understand so they can join in lots of different activities at school.
Try to use any new concept words as many times as possible in lots of different situations. You may need to explain the meanings of concept words as you go along.
“Put your shoes on first and then your coat”
“That means you put your shoes on” (pause while your child puts their shoes on)
“That’s right. Now put your coat on” (pause while your child puts their coat on)
“Well done. You put your shoes on first”.
Your child may need to hear instructions a few times. Remember to give them lots of encouragement – it’s sometimes hard to learn new concept words especially ones involving sequence e.g. first, last, before and after.
Use these games to help your child practise important concept words.
Suitable for children aged 4 - 7 years
Big Ted Little Ted
‐ This game will help your child practice instructions with first and last.
Hide the Spider
‐ This game is for practising position words e.g. on, in, under, behind etc.
Suitable for children aged 7 - 11 years
‐ This game is for practising sequence words e.g. before, after, first, last, etc.
‐ This game is for practising sequence and position words e.g. after, below etc.