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Talking Boxes

A resource for use in 'Early Years' settings.

What are Talking Boxes?

Talking Boxes relate to the Early Years Foundation Stage (September 2008) and the Letters and Sounds guidance (Primary National Strategy).

The Talking Boxes resources can be used to make boxes containing items focused around a particular topic or theme. There are session plans and lists of equipment to make up your own personalised box (or a bag if you prefer).

(Please note: The Talking Boxes were originally provided to a number of Early Years settings but the information is now available here so that you can produce your own).

Who are Talking Boxes for?

All children from age 2 years until the end of the pre-school year. Including:
  • Children who have attention and listening difficulties
  • Children with communication difficulties
  • Children with EAL (English as an additional language)
  • Children who already have age-appropriate communication skills.
How do Talking Boxes work?
  • The activities can be used as single activities or one after the other.
  • They can be used in a small group or with individual children.
  • Each session should be between 5-10 minutes dependent on the age and 
  • interest of the children.
  • If you use the activities in a group then it is best to have 2 adults: one to lead 
  • the activities and one to support the children.


FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
Talking Boxes.pdf Going to the ParkPDF1.08 MB25 Jul, 2018 Download
Talking Boxes - Top TipsPDF12.56 KB08 Jul, 2015 Download
Talking Boxes - My holidayPDF60.91 KB08 Jul, 2015 Download
Talking Boxes - Farm AnimalsPDF134.37 KB08 Jul, 2015 Download
Talking Boxes - Wild AnimalsPDF63.39 KB08 Jul, 2015 Download
Talking Boxes - ClothesPDF442.79 KB08 Jul, 2015 Download
Introduction and_Users GuidePDF405.46 KB08 Jul, 2015 Download
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