Opposites are so much fun with little ones.
I found that my preschoolers really got into learning about dirty vs. clean, stop vs. go, full vs. empty, and day vs. night.
Ready to follow along?
I have come up with four super simple crafts for a fun preschool opposites unit.
Dirty vs. Clean
- Construction paper
- Blue paint and paintbrush
Start this craft by tracing your little ones hand on the construction paper. Cut out the hands.
Glue the hands onto the paper and make two little construction paper signs: clean and dirty.
For the dirty hands, I had Kinsler draw lots of dirt on his hands.
Then, I asked “how can we make these dirty hands clean?”
He answered, “Wash them!”
We talked about what we would need to wash our hands and came up with soap and water.
I drew a small construction paper soap to glue onto the next set of hands.
We painted small soap bubbles on with blue paint.
That is it! Our first opposite done: clean vs. dirty.
Stop vs. Go
This is an active game that my kids LOVED.
Even my big kids played along for this one.
I made two simple signs: STOP and GO.
- Craft Sticks
- Construction Paper
I cut out two circles: one out of red construction paper and one out of green construction paper.
The red one was for STOP, and the green one was for GO.
Once the signs were made, we played red light, green light with the signs.
For the older kids, I just showed the sign. They had to figure out if it was STOP or GO.
For the little ones, I would yell out STOP or GO with the sign in my hand.
The goal was to get to mommy as fast as you could by still following the directions.
The hugs at the end are just BONUS!
Empty vs. Full
I have a 2-year-old who loves gummy (aka gum!).
I knew that he would love this gumball activity.
I printed out two copies of this image of a gumball machine.
I then cut the two gumball machines out and glued them onto construction paper.
We talked about how both of the gumballs were empty.
We decided to fill one of our machines with gumballs.
We used paint and painted in gumballs to talk about the difference between empty vs. full.
Day vs. Night
A painting activity that you might actually want to hold onto.
Ours turned out super cute.
- 2 8×10 (or the size you have on hand) canvases
- Yellow, blue, and black paint
- A star shape or star cookie cutter
We started our day vs. night craft by letting the kids color their canvas.
We did a blue canvas for day time and a black canvas for night time.
Once the paint was all dry, we used the yellow paint to make a sun.
We talked about things we do during the day, how important the sun is, and who made the night and the day.
We then used our star cookie cutter dipped in yellow paint to make our night.
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