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Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Having an "object hunt" for target words

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  • Show a child a small object (paper clip, jack, cotton ball, etc.)
  • Ask the child to find something bigger than the object
  • Do this with 5 objects (pencil, cup, pillow, block, etc) - each time letting him find an object bigger than the shown object
  • Encourage the child to recall and tell you about 2 happy events

Simplify

After showing the child one small object (paper clip, jack, cotton ball, etc.) let the child find 5 objects that are bigger than the original small object.

Extend

Select a small object (for example a cotton ball) and let the child find an object that is bigger (for example a tennis ball).  Now use this object (tennis ball) and let the child find something bigger (for example wastepaper basket). Now ask the child to find something bigger than the wastepaper basket and continue until you have 5 objects that are progressively bigger.

 

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Would you rather be big or small and why?

Do you have to be big to be kind? Do you have to be big to be a bully?

Materials

  • various household objects

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle
  • Color - Blue
  • Number - Two, 2
  • Alphabet Letters - B, F
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Joyfulness
  • Target Words - Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Monthly Proverb

Unknown  “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day."

Did You Know?

“A 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.”- Sean Brotherson, NDSU

Books to Read

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
Eric Carle (Activity 12)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas Read/Listen (Activity 8)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault Read/Listen (Activity 4)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
by Eric Carle Read/Listen (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"Jump Up It’s A Good Day"
by Brady Rymer Album Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Children) (Activity 10)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes "
by Countdown Kids Album 100 Silly Songs (Children) (Activity 24)

"Joyfulness"
by Nabil David Huening Album Children’s Virtues Songs (Children) (Activity 13)

"If You’re Happy and You Know It "
by Dora the Explorer Album Party Favorites (Activity 26)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
by Super Simple Songs video (Activity 24)

"If You're Happy and You Know It"
by Super Simple Songs video (Activity 26)

"Joyfulness"
by Nabil David Huening video (Activity 13)

"Jump Up It's A Good Day
by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could video (Activity 10)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Touch Your Nose

(Activity 25 Month 2)

Touch your nose, touch your chin, That’s the way this game begins. 

Touch your eyes, Touch your knees; Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.  

Touch your hair, Touch one ear; Touch your two red lips right here.  

Touch your elbows where they bend, 

That’s the way this touch game ends.