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Objects and Words of Comparison


Small bags or boxes, one for each child
Outdoor objects, such as stones, fallen leaves, wood, and old plastic items


1. Give the children small bags or boxes and go outside with them. Encourage
them to collect items such as stones, fallen leaves, wood, and old plastic
items. (Each child should collect more than one item.)
2. Back in the room, ask the children to sit in a circle on the floor and put their
items in front of them.
3. Look at each one and talk about it with the children using comparative
words. For example, “This stone is smooth. That stone is rough.”
4. Encourage the children to touch each one and feel the difference as you say
the words.
5. Other comparative words to use are large, small; new, old; used, new; shiny,
dull; thick, thin; and soft, hard.
More to do
Art: Encourage the children to draw items that are large and small. Use materials
that are rough or smooth to make collages.
Movement: Encourage the children to demonstrate with their hands and arms
things that are large and small, thick and thin, and soft and hard. For example,
ask if a house is big or little. Then ask them, “How big?” They will stretch their
arms as wide as they can.
Snack: Ask the children to describe the food they eat (for example, soft, hard,
thick, and thin).

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3 through 4 Years Old


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