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Which One's Different
Need: 3 same objects and 1 different object (ex. 3 red crayons and 1 blue)

Put out the objects tell the children that one object is not like the others (stressing the word not). Ask the children to point to the object that is not the same as the other objects. Repeat with another series of objects.



Johnny Hammers

Johnny hammers with one hammer (pound on the floor with your fist)
One hammer
One hammer
Johnny hammers with one hammer
Johnny hammers with two hammers (pound on the floor with both fist)
Two hammers
Two hammers
Johnny hammers with two hammers
Johnny hammers with three hammers (pound on the floor with both fist and one foot)
Three hammers
Three hammers
Johnny hammers with three hammers
Johnny hammers with four hammers (pound on the floor with both fist and both feet)
Four hammers
Four hammers
Johnny hammers with four hammers
Johnny hammers with five hammers (pound on the floor with both fist, both feet, and nod your head)
Five hammers
Five hammers
Johnny hammers with five hammers


How Much Did You Grow?
Need: Yarn and Envelopes with each child's name on it.

Do this at the beginning of the school year. Ask the child to lie on the floor as you stretch the yarn from head to toe. Cut and place the yarn in a envelope with the child's name on it. In June measure the children again with yarn and compare to the length taken at the beginning of the school year.


Feather Feet

Collect and remove the feathers from several feather dusters. Place the feathers in a long box. Have the toddlers remove their shoes and socks and walk barefoot through the feathers. Then, have them walk on a hard floor. Talk about how soft the feathers feel and how hard the floor feels.

Elevator Game

Have the toddlers pretend to go up and down in a elevator. Have them go up in an elevator, raising their bodies up and up until they are on their tiptoes. Next have them go down in an elevator, lowering their bodies to the floor.

Newspaper Pillow

Set out sheets of newspaper and a large pillowcases. Show the children how to crumple up the newspaper and stuff it into the pillowcase. Encourage them to crumple the newspaper quickly, slowly, noisily, quietly, with their feet. Continue putting crumpled newspaper into the pillowcases until they are full.

Off and On

Have the children sit on a floor next to a light switch. Place a step stool under the light switch. Have children take turns turning the lights off and on. As the lights go off, have everyone say "Off." As the lights go on, have everyone say "On."


Grocery Pairs
Need: A variety of empty food containers in pairs (2 jello boxes, 2 salt boxes, etc...)

Place the empty food containers in grocery sacks. Ask the children to help put up the groceries in the dramatic play center. But explain that they first have to find the matching items in the bags.



Sponge A Shape

Cut sponges into different shapes. Place tempera paint in pie tins. You may want to clip string type clothes pins onto the sponge shapes. Give children a sheet of construction paper for them to make prints onto.

Feel A Shape

Cut shapes from construction paper or oaktag. Have a variety of materials of various textures (sandpaper, corduroy, styrofoam, velvet, yarn, cotton balls, felt)

Have the children glue a variety of textures onto the construction paper shapes to create Feely Shapes. If you use large shapes from construction paper hang low on the walls for the children to explore on their own.


Find A Shape
When learning shapes begin with the circle. Cut circles out of construction paper. Give

each child a shape. Take a walk around your room. When you find an item in the room that is a circle, tape the construction paper one on it. How many circles can you find?

Repeat at another time with different shapes.

*Spatial Relationships

Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course using table, jump rope, chair, etc.
Give short directions:
Crawl under the table. Walk around the rope. Sit on the chair. Crawl over the table.


Animal Weigh

Set out an infant scale and let the children use it to weigh dolls and stuffed animals.


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