Big and Small
Understanding concepts of big and small are important for math readiness. A main concept of mathematics is understanding degrees of big and small. Preschool children love talking about how big they are compared to other things. For example, children love that they are bigger than their cat, baby brother or sister, or a stack of blocks.
After a child understands about different sizes, he or she is able to understand about less and more, larger than, smaller than, and equal to or the same as.
Here are some pink tower cards to help refine the concepts of size. For younger children, use the small and big cards first.
Use one set of cards at a time. For example, start with the big card, bigger card and biggest card.
The second set of printouts can be used as reading cards and the first set can be used as a control card.
Check out books about size at your local library. Look under key words such as big, little, small and large.
Make a circle in front of your face using your arms. Make each ball bigger as you say the finger play. Lastly, make the balls go from big, bigger to biggest.
I have a big ball.
Here is a ball that is even bigger.
Here is the biggest ball ever!
Finger Play from Directress Nancy M.
Once I had a big balloon (make a big, round circle with your arms)
Big and red and round
I did not have a very long
It made a great big sound
Pop! (clap hands)
posted at 11:53 a.m. on March 22, 2011
this is really good and really making learning fun and interesting. The children would really love it. Thank you
posted at 12:29 p.m. on August 8, 2011
I would suggest using the words: big/little or large/small. Big and small doesn't go together well.
posted at 9:56 a.m. on August 10, 2011
I love these lesson plans! It is easier for children to say small and big. I wouldn't change a thing!
posted at 2:44 a.m. on April 17, 2012
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posted at 1:55 a.m. on October 27, 2012
Preschool children love talking about they are compared to other things and related to maths.
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posted at 5:40 a.m. on March 12, 2013
This is one of the best sites I have ever visited in my life! Th simple game mentioned here will help children to distinguish the difference between big and small. We all know that the big and small are the two important entities in mathematics.
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