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This week’s theme is opposites.

Outside and inside opposites are all around us and are a fun concept to learn about. How many pairs of opposites can you think of? What opposites can you sort into? What opposites can you see around you all the time? Can you find something patterned or plain? What about tall and short? Or loud and quiet? Have a look here for some ideas.


Look at different opposites


Hot/cold- Play with Ice cubes, melt in warm water. What happens when you make them warm in your hands? Melt chocolate- identify the difference when it is hot and then when it becomes cold again.


Soft/ hard- Explore different materials in your home. Are they soft or hard? What about the furniture? Can you find a hard material like wood and a soft material like a cushion? Which do you prefer?


Heavy/ light - exploring a variety of heavy and light items, using scales, dropping items into water/flour tubs 


Long/short - roll toilet paper to make long and short rolls, explore long and short food items (e.g. strawberry laces, carrot sticks etc.), make long and short train tracks/car tracks, order and sort pencils, make long and short towers with Lego


Wet/dry - sensory play with wet and dry items such as gloop, orbeez, water, flour, pasta, ice cubes


Wide/narrow - Cut out different sizes using paper or cardboard to sort into wide and narrow. Create a track for, one which is too narrow for some cars to understand the car is too wide, the track is too narrow. You could also investigate this concept using a ball run/ marble run with bigger items.


Bright/dull – Sort bright and dull fabrics or pattern paper. Have ago at making a pattern which incorporates bright and dull colours.


Day/night - Explore things you do in the day and things you do at night. Sort night and day pictures


Small/big - Big and Small shaving foam splats, big and small water splashes, big and small body movements, posting and threading, sorting big and small items, big and small fruit and veg


Stop/Go - Play musical statues/ you have to go when the music is on and stop still when the music stops


Loud /quiet - sensory bottles (loud: rice, bells, pasta; quiet: water, pom-poms), listening to and singing songs (loud and quiet)


Happy / sad - making happy and sad faces and looking in mirrors, drawing happy and sad faces, sorting pictures of happy and sad


Soft/ rough - sensory trays (soft: cotton wool, blankets, scarves; rough: sand, sand paper, nail files)


Opposite song

Opposites quiz

Oppositte game


Use the twinkl boards to spot the opposites or the card print outs to match the opposites.


Use the opposite cards to play- can you find the opposite- One player has one set of cards. Lay the opposites out and see if you can identify the correct opposite.


Use the widgit symbols to find opposites and tick them, tick off the ones you have explored or play a matching or pairing game.