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Hi all

 

want to make up some talking boxes to help inspire some reluctant talkers and some that just need more practice.

The trouble is I have been thinking all half term about what to put in the first one and every idea I have either seems too prescriptive or just boring! :ph34r::ph34r: I wanted something that children could use their imagination with so it could be many things to many different children.

 

What would you put in yours?????

 

Current themes seem to be superheroes, monsters/dinosaurs, small world collections

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We use talking boxes for transitions so we have one full of stuff for school

We also have one full of stuff we use at forest school

 

I sometimes put stuff in a box to do with a story I maybe reading , they talk about the objects and have to guess the story, mine aren't reluctant talkers but this is excellent way for prompting thought, imagination and story telling

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A couple of weeks ago, we were given a big box of Mr Potato Heads, must have been about twenty of them with loads of body/face parts and the amount of talking has been amazing...........the children really took to them, lots of chatter and lots of giggles when eyes ( for example!) get inserted in the wrong place :D

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A couple of weeks ago, we were given a big box of Mr Potato Heads, must have been about twenty of them with loads of body/face parts and the amount of talking has been amazing...........the children really took to them, lots of chatter and lots of giggles when eyes ( for example!) get inserted in the wrong place :D

lol love this idea how cool!!!

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I often did maths talking boxes, so I would get together a collection of things eg coins, spoons, stones, shells etc, and we would just explore them together. Unusual items are good as well, perhaps things children may have not seen before. The key for me was about being able to handle them, so tactile is good! So are things that make a sound. To be honest anything that gets children talking can be placed there, and once children are familiar, Ive even done the 'invisible things' box.. this one is great for imagination but need to be done once children are very familiar with the routine.

Id just go for it, keep the groups small so everyone can get their nose into the box/basket etc, and just see where it takes you.

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