All in Order

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What You Need:

  • Buttons
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food cans and boxes

What You Do:

  1. Show your child piles of buttons or other objects that illustrate few, many, and more. Have conversations with your child about what these words mean.
  2. Give your child nesting objects, such as measuring cups and spoons, to play with. This will demonstrate to him ideas such as smallest, small, big, bigger, and biggest. Nesting objects are also good for illustrating the concept of top, middle, and bottom.
  3. Talk about family order in terms of heights and ages. Who is tall, taller, and tallest? Who is youngest and oldest? Who is in the middle?
  4. Encourage your child to put food cans and boxes in order from lightest to heaviest, shortest to tallest, and smallest to biggest. Discuss the sequence of items such as first, next, and last.

Vocabulary Builders:

These are some good vocabulary words to demonstrate the concept of ordering. Use them at home whenever you can.

  1. Big, bigger, biggest
  2. Small, smaller, smallest
  3. First, next, last
  4. Heavy, heavier, heaviest
  5. LIght, lighter, lightest
  6. Long, longer, longest
  7. Short, shorter, shortest
  8. Tall, taller, tallest
  9. Small, medium, large
  10. Top, middle, bottom
  11. Few, many, more

Next time you visit the library, check out one of these books:

Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen. Putnam, 1996.

Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? by Tana Hoban. Greenwillow, 1985.

Blue Sea by Robert Kalan. Greenwillow, 1979.

How Big Is a Foot? by Rolf Myller. Dell, 1991.

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