I’ve never seen Brooks so enthusiastic about learning before this activity. The Parents as Teachers program gave me the idea to use contact paper and a variety of familiar objects to not only encourage conversation but to help Brooks learn the concept of weight (some objects were too heavy to stick which helped him further understand the terms heavy and light).
When she presented this activity, I couldn’t help but get excited because I KNEW Brooks would love it. Knowing the activity would be effective, I took the idea and made it bigger. I wanted it to not only encourage Brooks’s language and concept of weight but to also help him with his colors, shapes, and counting.
What you will need:
-familiar objects in a variety of colors and shapes (lightweight and heavy)
I attached the contact paper to 5 different windows with tape. On each window, I taped a different color of construction paper for Brooks to refer to.
I then gathered a variety of relatable objects that we could discuss. From feathers to buttons. Since I wanted more objects to stick to the contact paper, I printed objects on paper as well. Here is the printable I used: Colored Objects.
Pulling out one object at a time, I asked Brooks questions such as: What is this? What color is it? What sound does it make? Is it too heavy to stick? What shape is it?
Brooks would run and stick the object to the correct contact paper based on the color. Some objects he wanted to talk about more than others. Having him describe and try to talk about the objects helped me to understand the areas of speech we need to work on.
This is not only extremely interactive but effective! I plan on using it in a number of ways in the future.
Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
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