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Silent Opposites

Talk about opposites! Act out the difference between open and close, up and down, big and small, etc.

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Extending this activity

  • -Have the children try to categorize the opposites by thinking of things that are up and down (up: sky, hot air balloons, ceiling fans; down: ground, floor; things that go up and down: elevators, blinds, escalators).

    -Read the book "Two Little Trains" by Margaret Wise Brown and discuss the ways in which the two trains are opposites.

Adjust for an older child

After the child guesses the opposite let him use the pair in a sentence. For example, "A door can open; a door can close."

Adjust for a younger child

Start with a single word and action. For example, smile and say, “I am happy.” Then frown and say, “I am sad.” Tell the child that happy and sad are opposites. Continue with one action at a time to help build the child’s vocabulary, then move to pairing the actions.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Building Vocabulary and Grammar

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