Big and Little and Activities

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The activities in Big and Little theme may include the following but are not limited to the following objectives:

  • PA Early Learning Standards(ELS): AL 3.5, LM 2.1, LM2.2, LM 2.4, LM 2.3, LM 4.2, L 4.2, SC 2.3, SC 2.2, LM 5.2, SC 3.1
  • Child Observation Record(COR)(High/Scope): V4, U4, Y4, AA4, EE4, FF4



Three Bear Counters (the ones that come in 3 sizes), Pegs and Peg Board, Geo Board, Sorting Board (the board that has you sort by size and color with cylinders), Big hollow blocks, unit blocks, small colored blocks, 2 sizes of hula hoops, stringing beads

Songs, Finger Plays, Music, CD’s

  • Hap Palmers- So Big CD
  • Xylophone
  • Various Bell and drum sizes
  • Boom Whackers

Tiny Tim
I had a little turtle,
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap,
He woke up in the morning,
With bubbles in his throat.

Little Turtle
There was a little turtle, who lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle, and he climbed on some rocks,
He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow, and he snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito, he caught the flea,
He caught the minnow, but he didn't catch me!!

When the Leaves Are on the Ground
When the leaves are on the ground,
Instead of on the trees,
I like to make a great big pile of them
Way up to my knees.
I like to run and jump in them
And kick them all around.

Big A, Little A, Bouncing B
Big A (Open baby's arms wide)
Little A (Bring hands together)
Bouncing B (bounce and clap hands)
The cats in the cupboard (cover baby's eyes)
So he can't see!
Peek-a-boo! I see you!


  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl
  • Where’s My Teddy by Jez Albertough
  • Three Billy Goats
  • The Three Bears
  • The Biggest Boy by Kevin Henkes
  • In the small small pond by Denise Fleming
  • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown


  • Trace your feet and arranger from Big to small and small to big
  • Various ball sizes and through in small and big baskets
  • Plant a quick growing seed and watch grow
  • Matching big and small letters (upper and lower case)
  • Make a file folder game with big and small concept
  • Have children bring in a picture of when they were small- take a current picture and talk about the difference and what’s the same of when they were big and small.
  • Blow up a balloon and watch it grow
  • Fill balloons with water and freeze small and big ones.
  • In the book the mitten watch the mitten grow (make your own mitten out of felt and instead of sewing it use Velcro to attach the 2 pieces- then watch it grow as you fill it with small animals)
  • Match animal babies and moms (small babies and big moms/dads)
  • If, then statements. If a mouse is little then an elephant is big. Come up with more of your own.
  • Seriation activities.

~ Kelly Hamilton