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Day 3: Learning Activities – Long & Short

Continuing with our 2010 goal to provide you with 365 days of learning activities from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for, here is the post for Day 3…

Remember, this is a learning activity that should only be done if it’s enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn. It will give you an idea of how to take advantage of similar opportunities in your natural environment.

~~ Understanding Size: Long and Short ~~

Play the game, “The Long and Short Of It”

What you’ll need:
•Yarn or string cut into two lengths, one long and one short

Pinch a length of yarn between the thumb and pointer finger of each hand so that the yarn hangs down. Ask your child which hand has the longest or shortest string. If your child is not correct, try again. Have your child compare the lengths after each incorrect play and ask him/her to show or tell you about the differences. When you first begin playing this game, make the lengths of yarn noticeably different. As your child gets better, cut the lengths so that it gets more challenging for your child to notice the difference. Here are some more ideas for long and short comparisons:

  • Compare long and short objects such as toothpicks and craft sticks.
  • Using play dough, make long and short lengths and compare the two.
  • Read a short story and then read a longer story and compare the two.
  • Compare things like shoe sizes, arms, legs, and hair.
  • Make long and short necklaces or bracelets from beads, pasta, or O-shaped cereal.

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