Why should your child learn about opposites? Well, opposites provide a great new way of learning new vocabulary.
Opposites are very important to education, but they are also important to life. Without them, we would not know what “hot” was compared to “cold”. We bring to you top 5 fun activities to do with your preschooler children.
1. Learning opposites – Using things around us
Use flash cards or print out few images you can find online to illustrate the opposites.
For example, display a picture of a small dog next to a picture of a large dog, a picture of child who is running next to a picture of a child who is walking or crawling, etc.
Our pick – Big & Small, Pull & Push, Stop & Go, Heavy & Light, Full & Empty, In & Out, On & Off.
2. Teaching opposites through stories:
Read them a simple book ‘Big and Little: A Story of Opposites’ a book about opposites to introduce vocabulary. Exposing your toddler to concepts through books, songs and rhymes contributes to brain development.
3. Learning Opposites with Fun Game – ‘Simon Says‘
“Simon Says” is a simple game of directions that can teach your children new vocabulary in a fun and interesting way. You can call out simple instructions that emphasize opposites, such as “Simon Says walk right” followed by “Simon Says walk left” or “Simon Says look up” followed by “Simon Says look down.”
4. Learning opposites with Rhymes
Preschoolers love rhymes and songs, and using rhymes to teach opposites is a terrific way for your child to learn new vocabulary.
5. Learning Opposites through Exercise
Exercise is always fun for kids, it can be so much fun and learning all in one. Start simple
-Ask them to lift their leg HIGH and then make them drop it LOW
-Ask them to take a BIG step and then a SMALL step
-Ask them to to touch a glass of HOT water and then a glass of COLD water
-Ask them to move FAST and then move SLOW