Weclome to preschool storytime with Miss Rhonda and Boomer Bear! Today we are reading Little Big by Jonathan Bentley. A little boy imagines what it would be like to be big, with long legs like a giraffe, big hands like a gorilla, or a big mouth like a crocodile, but realizes that there are advantages to being perfectly little.
Kindergarten Readiness Tip
Understanding the concept of opposites is important to childhood development. This concept helps a child to learn how to compare two different things and to develop a more concrete understanding of a specific idea (e.g. hard vs soft). Adding descriptive words to your child’s vocabulary will greatly transform the level of detail they can convey – “soft bunny,” “big teddy” or “little boy.”
- Acting Opposites: Ask your child perform actions, and then you do the opposite. For example, if they sit down, you stand up; if they walk forward, you walk backward. Once your child is familiar with the game, trade roles – you perform the action first and your child does the opposite.
Here is a fun song about opposites. See how many you know!
Check out Craftulate.com for several fun ideas to play with opposites.
Try foods that reinforce opposites.
Give your child a variety of sweet and sour foods such as lemons/limes, sweet and sour apples, sweet and sour oranges, or a pear and a kiwi. Help them to identify sweet and sour. You can also try cold and hot – chocolate milk and hot chocolate. Ask them which they like better and why.
For more fun tasting activities, check out CreatePlayTravel.com.