BOOK TITLE: Winnie-the-Pooh’s Opposites
AUTHOR: A.A. Milne
ILLUSTRATOR: Ernest H. Shepard
SUMMARY OF BOOK: This board book introduces the concept of opposites (large/small, loud/quiet, etc.) with classic Winnie-the-Pooh characters. Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.
Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.
- Together with your child, look through the pictures in the book and introduce the characters.
- Allow your child to explore the book on his/her own by holding it, turning the pages, and enjoying the pictures.
- Look at the pictures with your child and discuss what the characters are doing.
- Use your voice or make gestures to exemplify the opposites. For example, whisper when you read quiet and speak up when you read loud. Make a happy face for happy and frown for sad.
- After reading the book several times, read the first word and see if your child can name the opposite.
- Feel free to make up other stories about what’s going on in the pictures. This is your opportunity to make conversation with your baby.
- Play a game using stuffed animals to demonstrate opposites such as up/down, in/out, over/under, and any others you can think of.
- Find objects around the house to demonstrate opposites: rough/smooth, heavy/light, thick/thin, dark/light, etc.
- Act out opposite emotions: happy/sad, silly/serious, sleepy/awake.
- If you have other Winnie-the-Pooh books, make the connection between those illustrations and these.
Compliments of: Rasmuson Foundation
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage