9 Preschool age play based activities for opposites theme


Wet vs Dry

  • Land and air animals
  • Water animals
  • Land picture
  • Water picture

Display your wet and dry habitat pages along with the animals, and have kids sort them wet vs dry.

Light vs Heavy

  • Beans and rice mix
  • Jumbo popsicle stick
  • Cork topper
  • Shovel/spoon
  • Small containers

Assemble your scale by hot gluing a cork topper to the bottom of a popsicle stick. Hot glue your containers on each end in even spots. Originally I had planned to use plastic condiment ramekins, but they did not show in time so I had to improvise 😂. I made these boxes from an origami lesson I learned as a child. Have kids slowly add bean and rice mixture to each side until it balances. Have them identify which side is heavy, and which side is light!

Day vs Night

  • Free image template
  • Free sun template
  • Free checklist
  • Large Ziploc
  • Black sharpie
  • Black paper

Print out and assemble your I spy bag (see assembly directions in PDF file). Have kids use the sun to find each image. Check the box as you find them. This file is FREE and available when you sign up for my email list! You will receive instant access to all freebies in the learning library. Submit your email below for access 👇🏻.

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Sweet vs Sour

  • Jelly beans
  • Hot water
  • Tea set

Make your jelly bean tea by adding all of the sweet flavors to one pot, and all of your sour flavors to another. Cover in hot water for a few minutes until flavors steep. Serve your tea and have kids identify which is sweet and which is sour.

Sensory bin

Wet vs Dry

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Wire rack
  • Clothespins
  • Fabric pieces
  • Baskets

Add a small amount of water with a couple drops of soap to a sensory bin. Add your racks and baskets. Scatter some fabric pieces in the water and hang some on the racks to give a display of the activity. Have kids hang fabric with the clothespins on the racks.

Light vs Heavy

  • Cotton balls
  • Rocks
  • Bags
  • Baskets
  • Feathers
  • Rocks
  • Weights confetti

Add your materials to a sensory bin and play! Can you feel the difference in weight?

Sweet vs Sour

  • Pink rice
  • Yellow pasta wheels
  • Plastic strawberries
  • Plastic lemons/limes
  • Vines/leaves
  • Logs
  • Baskets
  • Shovels

Add your materials to the sensory bin and mix your sweets and sours!

Dramatic play

Wet vs Dry

  • Laundromat printouts
  • Fabric
  • Baskets

Tape the top end of your washers and dryers to a wall. Place a piece of rolled tape behind it, and stick a piece of cloth on top. When the kids lift the washer or dryer, their “clothes” will be underneath. Set up the rest of your laundromat as desired and wash and dry clothes! GET THIS DOWNLOAD FOR FREE! Submit your email below 👍🏻

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Light vs Heavy

  • Printouts
  • Weight lifting props
  • Gym dress up/accessories

Print out, or create weights by attaching a styrofoam disc to each end of a paper roll. Write the weight value on the side. Set up a section for light weights, and one for heavy weights. Add props like water bottles, membership cards, sign in sheet etc.

Sweet Vs Sour

  • Sweet fruit
  • Sour fruit
  • Fruit stand
  • Fruit sign
  • Sitting area
  • Etc.

Set up your fruit stand and have kids buy, sell, and “taste” sweet vs sour fruit!

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