Opposites for 6-8 year olds

Have you ever heard of the word Opposites?  It means two things that are totally different from each other:  Like Up and Down.  Or Red and Green.  Or Big and Small.  There are so many!  I love to think of opposites and everything in between!  Can you think of some opposites?  Let’s look for opposites in a book!

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Video: English

Video: Español

Books to Read Together: English

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Absent-minded Ajja

  • What is the opposite of ‘forget’? 
  • What did you think Ajja was looking for? 
  • Where did he find the lost item?

My Big Family

  • How many people are in Bin’s family? 
  • Do you think you have a big or small family? 
  • What is the opposite of ‘softly’?

Books to Read Together: Español

El otro lado

  • ¿Puedes pensar en otros opuestos?
  • ¿Cuál es tu opuesto favorito del libro?

¡Cállate, hay mucho ruido!

  • ¿Cuáles son algunas cosas que crees que son demasiado ruidosas?
  • ¿Cuál fue la solución de los problemas de Sringeri?

Nuestro pequeño gran mundo

  • ¿Cuáles son tus grandes cosas favoritas?
  • ¿Cuáles son tus pequeñas cosas favoritas?

Ajja el olvidadizo

  • What is the opposite of ‘forget’? 
  • What did you think Ajja was looking for? 
  • Where did he find the lost item?

Un Dia Sin Sonrisas

  • What is the opposite of a ‘smile’?

Things to Do Together

  • Say, “The opposite of …. is ….”. If the statement is true, your child will repeat it back to you. If it is false, they will shake their head silently. Take turns being the one making the statement. 
  • Opposites scavenger hunt
    • Find something that is the opposite of:
      • open
      • hot
      • hard
      • slow
      • short
      • clean
      • empty
      • big
      • quiet
      • heavy
      • old
      • thin
  • Find some objects around the house that look similar (size). Which does your child think is heavier (without picking up the object)? If you have a kitchen scale, allow them to weigh the items to see if they are correct.  If not, allow them to hold one item in each hand and feel which is the heaviest.

Ways to Move Together

  • Stand opposite each other – one person will make various movements, and the other will copy them. 
  • Play opposites charades – can you act out a pair of opposites for your family to figure out? Maybe shivering with teeth chattering and then fanning yourself (for hot and cold). Make sure that you say something (maybe “and”) between your actions, so they know when you change from one opposite to the other. 

Share Together

At the end of the week, reflect on what you read and what you did.

  • Did you learn any new opposites?

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Opposites for 6-8 year olds
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