Opposites can be incorporated into all kinds of activities. Below are a few easy ways to learn about opposites in size, texture, and games!
Here or There?
This game is a quick one to set up. It introduces the opposite words "here" and "there" in a fun setting.
- Two cups
- A toy to hide underneath
Hide the toy under one of the upturned cups and challenge your child to follow the cup with the toy underneath. Once you switch them around, ask your child while pointing to each cup, "Is the toy here or there?"
Big and Small Patterning
A simple opposite pair to focus on is big and small. Using items of differing sizes, create a pattern of big and small. Begin with a simple AB pattern (big, small, big, small). If your child has gotten the idea of patterning, try to make or finish a more complicated pattern (AABAAB, ABBABB, AABBAABB). Create necklaces with beads in these patterns or try to make brush strokes on your art in big and small sizes!
Rough or Smooth
Gather items of different textures. For rough, you can grab sandpaper, rocks, or fabric. Smooth/soft items could be jewels, feathers, or smooth stones. Draw a line down the middle of a paper and title with the words "Rough" and "Smooth." Ask your child to sort the items in the appropriate category.