Opposites for 3-5 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

Here are some books to read together!  You can download and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again.


Fat King Thin Dog

  • How did the fat King become thin?
  • Can you think of any other opposites?

Can and Can’t 

  • What are things that you can do?
  • What are things that you can’t do?

Curly and Straight

  • Can you think of anything that is curly? Or anything that is straight?
  • Is your hair curly or straight? 

All about opposites

  • What does the opposite mean?
  • Can you think of any other opposites?

Books to Read Together: Español


Muy grande! Muy pequeño!

  • What does “opposite” mean?
  • Is there anything you’re too big to do?

Alto y Bajo

  • Who is the tallest member of the family?
  • Who is the shortest member of the family?

El sol y la luna

  • Which is your favorite: day or night?
  • Can you think of other opposites in nature?

Un Hombre Muy Alto

  • How did the neighbors help the Tall Man in the story?

El Otro Lado

  • What are some things that are ‘heavy’? 
  • What animals or insects are ‘slow’? 
  • Which are ‘fast’?

Things to Do Together

  • Play the opposite game where you say “the opposite of …. is ….” and your child fills in the blank. Take turns with your child and see how many different opposites you can think of. 
  • Choose a selection of toys – can your child sort them into big and small or hard and soft?

Ways to Move Together

  • A great game to play is “Red light, green light, or Stop and go”. When you say the green light is on then your child can move around the room, but when the red light comes on they must stop and freeze! 

Share Together

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

  • What opposites did you learn this week?

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