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Big and small

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Big and small

What to do with this activity?

It's important to talk with your baby face to face about everything that's happening, and about everything that you see going on around you. That's the best way your baby can learn about the world around them.

As you go around your daily life talk about "big" and "small" things that you notice. For example, how big the bus is and how small that smart car is beside it; how big an apple is beside a strawberry; how small a tennis ball is beside a football. Spot things that are big or small in the picture books you look at together. 

They will gradually learn what "big" and "small" means and to compare "bigger" with "smaller". Make learning an adventure. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.

  • How can I do more?

    When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.

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