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Verbal Play Skills >> Speaking and Listening


Product code: B6650

A resourse to assess the extent to which pictures of objects, arranged in order of difficulty, can be named correctly. Most of the objects illustrated have no alternative name, so the responses of children with difficultiescan be quickly measured. Norms are given at six monthly intervals.
- Target group: 3-8 years
- Contents include: 50 line-drawn cards, manual and photocopiable coring form.

Price: £45.00
£54.00 inc. VAT


Product code: B6549

This set of 40 cards teaches everyday nouns but focuses on things found outdoors - farm animals, wild animals, transport and places we go. This is a flexible resource that can be used for sorting, classifying and to pre-teach vocabulary for topics such as homes and buildings, the world around us and habitats. Each set includes 40 clear photographic cards and activity cards. A free CD-ROM is also included in each pack containing all images which can be easily loaded onto computers and interactive whiteboards, plus useful assessment checklists.

Price: £24.99
£29.99 inc. VAT


Product code: B6548

This double-sided flip book is perfect for developing early speaking, listening and language skills. On one side is a destination and on the other is a collection of items that you might want to take with you. Children can work from either side by predicting the destination or planning a set of sensible items that might be of use. Can be used individually, in pairs (where one player guides the activity through questioning) or in small groups. The book is also language free so it can be used for MFL or children learning EAL. Contains 16 pages (160 x 220mm) of scenario illustrations to help children to talk!

Price: £9.99
£11.99 inc. VAT


Product code: B6547

A fun resource to help children with their speech development and production of speech sounds. Includes 2 sets of cards and 6 lotto boards.

Price: £20.83
£25.00 inc. VAT


Product code: B6492

Hand puppet Tom & Tina have a coloured skin and their mouth, tongue and  hands are moveable with your hands, making them ideal for many communication and role play activities. Their shoelaces can be tied too.

Hand Puppet Tom also available - please see product code B6491

Price: £39.15
£46.98 inc. VAT


Product code: B6491

Hand puppet Tom has coloured skin and his mouth, tongue and hands are moveable with your hands making them ideal for many communication and  role play activities. His shoelace can  be tied too.

Hand Puppet Tina also available - please see product code B6492

Price: £39.15
£46.98 inc. VAT


Product code: B6372

Encourage children to be more involved in this popular story by using these engaging supporting materials to help develop sequencing skills, listening skills and storytelling skills.

The pack includes soft toys and prompts to help follow the story a book a CD and a game based on the story. An activity guide is also included together with a cloth storage bag.

Play Ideas>>
  • Make storytime fun!
  • Make storytime interactive!
  • Make storytime easier to understand!
Price: £35.82
£42.98 inc. VAT


Product code: B6366

Develop and enhance communication skills with this comprehensive resource book providing a wealth of background
information and over 150 fun activities and games for use in a communication group.

Target skills such as attention and listening, understanding and memory, expressive language, vocabulary concepts and social communication plus much more.

Includes 6 communication fans covering Early years instructions, activities, snack time, Let’s play, Everyday instructions
and emotions.

Play Ideas>>
  • Ideal way to spend your Early Years Pupil Premium funding
Price: £48.94
£58.73 inc. VAT


Product code: B6343


Help reluctant talkers become confident talkers! This practical spiral bound book focuses on quiet, shy and sensitive children and those with extreme anxiety about talking in early years and Key Stage One settings. The detailed introduction explains why some children need support and explains some of the reasons that can cause a reluctance
to communicate.

It includes 40 exciting tried and tested activities and provides straightforward advice on how you can;
• Create a positive and supportive atmosphere in your setting
• Help children develop social skills
• Help children build their confidence so they can ‘find their voice’
• Build positive links with families
• Help children build friendships

Size A4 52 pages

Play Ideas>>
  • Social skills
  • Build confidence
  • Build friendships
Price: £15.00


Product code: B6327


Gorgeous colourful parrot puppet with affectionate squawk.

Ideal for gaining a child’s attention and for interaction.

Height 45cm

Play Ideas>>
  • Interaction
  • Class or topic buddy
Price: £14.58
£17.50 inc. VAT


Product code: B6312


A set of 8 sequencing cards for the story to prompt discussion and sequencing skills.

Price: £10.00
£12.00 inc. VAT


Product code: B6311


A set of 8 sequencing cards for the story to prompt discussion and sequencing skills.

Price: £10.00
£12.00 inc. VAT


Product code: B6309

A delightful 32 page book containing 40 engaging ideas designed to develop listening, concentration and attention skills.

The activities are based around Lola the leopard (soft toy supplied) and can help children to understand how to listen and to enjoy listening.

Size of Lola 14cm.

Price: £20.00
£24.00 inc. VAT


Product code: B6297


One wooden bird whistle with a plastic mouth piece.

Size: W5.7 H10 L2.5cm

Age 18 months +

Play Ideas>>
  • Making a sound
  • Exercise for lip muscles
Price: £2.08
£2.50 inc. VAT


Product code: B6276


Involving drama, role play and fun, these 6 speaking and listening board games aim to encourage children to listen carefully and speak clearly whilst developing their ideas, thinking skills and vocabulary.

These games are an ideal way of developing the key skills crucial for future success in reading and writing.

Suitable for children aged 4-7 years, these games are also effective for older children with special educational needs.

Each game measures 297 x 420mm and can be played by up to 6 players. Includes die and counters.

Play Ideas>>
  • Vocabulary
  • Thinking skills
Price: £19.99
£23.99 inc. VAT


Product code: B6183

A set of 6 colourful 4cm soft foam cubes featuring 36 questions about children's experiences and perspectives.  Including :_

"What foods do you like?  and "Where would you like to travel to?".

Use in character development activities, as ice breakers in small groups or to build social language and listening skills.

Activity Guide included.  Ages 6+

Play Ideas>>
  • Social language skills
  • Listening skills
Price: £9.95
£11.94 inc. VAT


Product code: B6172

This set of talking tubes is ideal for encouraging and promoting communication and conversations between up to 6 children as one child speaks everyone hears. Or play 'guess who is talking'. Set includes 6 x 1.5 metre hollow coloured tubes and 6 coloured handsets and blindfolds that colour co-ordinate.

Play Ideas>>
  • Group talking
  • Group interaction
  • Guess who is talking
  • Listening Skills
Price: £49.99
£59.99 inc. VAT


Product code: B6170

These  lively and friendly speech puppets are ideal for all sorts of communication and role play activities.

Made to a very high quality they may help the most reluctant children to interact. Both have moveable hands for signing and gesture  as well as a moveable mouth and tongue. 

Height 70cm.

Play Ideas>>
  • Communication
  • Interaction
  • Moveable hands
  • Moveable mouths
Price: £39.15
£46.98 inc. VAT


Product code: B6169

These  lively and friendly speech puppets are ideal for all sorts of communication and role play activities.

Made to a very high quality they may help the most reluctant children to interact. Both have moveable hands for signing and gesture  as well as a moveable mouth and tongue. 

Height 70cm.

Play Ideas>>
  • Communication
  • Interaction
  • Moveable hands
  • Moveable mouths
Price: £39.15
£46.98 inc. VAT


Product code: B6097

These simple and robust recording devices have up to ten seconds recording time and an easy play back function.  Can either be clipped to a line or the magnetic back will attach to whiteboards or other display boards.  Use for noises, speech, messages, announcements or outside for treasure hunts or in play dens.  Set includes 6 recordable pegs in 6 bright colours with replaceable AG113 batteries. 

Size approx. 10cm. Age 3+

Play Ideas>>
  • 10 seconds recording time
  • easy play back function
  • listening
Price: £39.16
£46.99 inc. VAT


Product code: B6004

Book to accompany Five Little Ducks Puppet set (product code B5978).

Price: £5.99


Product code: B5896

These super forest phones are air powered telephone tubes and can be used outside. The tubing can be wrapped around trees, buried or poked through hedges and fences!  use in and out of dens or tents  for outdoor play but encouraging children to communicate with each other during their play.

Set includes: 2 handsets and 5 metres of strong flexible tubing. The tubing can be wrapped around trees, buried or poked through hedges and fences!

Play Ideas>>
  • Outdoor play
  • Talking and Listening
Price: £19.15
£22.98 inc. VAT


Product code: B5800

Fun and easy, these tried and tested games can help develop language skills in children.  The book includes activities for listening skills,sound production, sentence formation and much more.  These apeech and language development activities can be used either in group settings or adapted for one to one sessions.

An ideal resource for practioners or parents.

Play Ideas>>
  • Oral & finger motor skills
  • Listening
  • Games for problem sounds
  • Sentence construction
Price: £9.99


Product code: B5724

Insert drawings or photographs into the 20 plastic wallet pages (7"x5") and on the front cover. Then record up to a 5 minute message on every page to accompany the image. Press the Button on each page to play back. An excellent resource for listening and speaking skills or following photographic sequences. Ideal for personalised learning. Includes removable SD card memory storage and 3 x AAA batteries included.

Price: £34.99
£41.99 inc. VAT


Product code: B5718

A set for up to 8 children to join a telephone network and join in a conversation together. Set includes 8 handsets, 3 x 3m tubing, 12m of tubing and various connector pieces. A great resource for encouraging social interaction.

Alternatively you can buy a Talking Tubes set for 2 children

Price: £45.83
£55.00 inc. VAT


Product code: B5717

Includes 2 colour coded realistic telephone handsets and 3m of hollow flexible tubing. 2 children can position themselves in different rooms or in and outside of a playden and hold what feels like a telephone conversation as their voices can only be heard through the tubing.

Buy the Talking Tubes Exchange to create a telephone network for up to 8 children

Price: £14.99
£17.99 inc. VAT