Teaching Opposites with Books
There are many books available that teach opposites. As with all books for toddlers, choose books that are simple, and have large, bright pictures and short sentences. When reading to your child, discuss what makes something an opposite.
Some books that teach opposites are “Where is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox, “Opposites” by Sandra Boynton, and “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss.
If you already have a library of books at home, choose a book or fairytale that includes examples of opposites – for example Goldilocks and the Three Bears – big, little, hard, soft, cold, and hot. Point out the opposites in the story and the pictures that depict the opposites. Once your toddler is familiar with the story, ask questions about the opposite words, such as “Which porridge is HOT? Which porridge is COLD?”
You can also choose to make your own books. See Teaching Opposites Crafts
Teaching Opposites with Videos
There are lots of great teaching resources available through youtube. We’ve selected some videos we recommend you use to help teach opposites to your children.
Sesame Street – Opposite Stuff
Sesame Street – Sesame street – Opposite Game
Sesame Street – Kermit and Elmo Discuss Happy / Sad