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What’s the Opposite?

Say a sentence, and then ask your child to complete the sentence with the opposite word. “The baby was happy. Now the baby is (sad).”

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Extending this activity

  • -Play memory or a matching game with opposite pairs. Let the child draw pictures of opposites, write the opposite pair on a 3x5 index card, or cut out pictures of opposites from magazines. Once the picture or word cards are made, use them to play antonym memory or antonym match.

    -Check out books from the library such as "Go, Dog, Go" or "The Foot Book" to show pictures of opposite pairs.

Adjust for an older child

Allow the older child to choose the initial sentence and have the adult fill in the antonym.

Adjust for a younger child

Younger children may need more practice understanding opposites. Objects such as dolls, cars, blocks, etc. can be used to teach this concept. Take turns putting the object in opposite positions. For example, put a doll in front of you, then behind you; make a toy car move fast, then slow; build a tall block tower and a short block tower.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Building Vocabulary and Grammar

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