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Infant: Opposites

Through observation and inquiry children will be able to classify and understand the concepts of opposites.

Explore and review opposites with the babies!

Children love to sort and classify objects. Learning about opposites is a great way to provide children with more descriptive language to help classify objects or concepts. 

Reading books about opposites is a great way to visualize and provide language for classification. To further integrate that experience through hands-on learning, providing children with objects that represent opposites will deepen their understanding.


Opposites Board Book

Wet and Dry Wash Cloth 

Box or Container with Lid

Learning Outcomes


Language, Cognitive


Using descriptive language


Receptive Language (Listening and Understanding), Expressive Language (Speaking Second Language), Receptive Language (Listening) Expressive Language (Speaking) Observation and Inquiry


Step 1:

Read the Opposites board book. Talk about the pictures as you name the opposites. For example, on the first page, say, "She is reading a quiet book. He is playing a loud guitar."

Step 2:

Give the babies hands-on opportunities to explore opposites. Bring out a wet and dry washcloth. Let the babies hold both. Name wet and dry.

Step 3:

Bring out a box or container with a lid. Take the lid off and say open. Place the lid on and say closed. Encourage the children to play with the box and lid. Name open and closed often. Another great way to play would be opening and closing a door.

Playful Questions

With infants, provide as much developmentally appropriate language. For example: 

This cloth is wet, this cloth is dry. 

Open the lid, close the lid. 

Top of the lid, bottom of the lid.

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