Big vs Small



We did a couple activities with Big and Small this week.

big versus small feet tracing
Henry and I ‘got our toes out’ (as Henry says) – and traced our feet. Henry tried his best tracing mine. We even got George’s out too. And someone else’s too… can you guess? Blue Dog’s!

We traced all our feet on some paper (we have a nice big roll of butcher paper for this kind of stuff!).
big versus small feet tracing
We then talked about whose was biggest, smallest, a little bigger and so on. He had fun fitting his feet in the other footprints and seeing whose were bigger or smaller.

big versus small size printable game
Cupcake Size File Folder Game from

Henry tried to line up the cupcakes from smallest to largest and vice versa.

Is my toddler the only one that doesn’t get this?

Henry understands big and small. But can never put them in an order of biggest to smallest. When it comes to nesting or stacking, he doesn’t get that either.

Henry had more fun hauling the cupcakes with his backhoe - Telling me as he hauled them which one is big and which one is small.

big versus small printable is a new website that I’ve come across and have found loads of activities and printables! (I’m just a little excited!) We stuck to our theme this week and did a Big vs Small worksheet. Henry had no trouble with these – I mostly tried to get him to circle his answer on his own.

He circled one pretty good on his own – can you tell which one?

Henry is about 33 months old now.

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  1. Rachel says

    We did that reinacting Goldilocks and the three little bears a few weeks ago. They love finding and sorting objects.

  2. The Book Chook says

    It sounds like he's on the way, but just not quite ready for stacking and comparing more objects. He's doing so well for his age and the rest will come as he matures.

  3. Jackie H. says

    I'm so glad you said that about him not getting it. My son gets the concept of "big" and "small" but he can not order things from big to small or vice versa. It seems like on other's blogs their babies are doing this and he is almost three. ;) I was wondering if he should be able to do it. But I think I'll just let it come when it comes!

  4. RedTedArt says

    I like the feet exercise – what fun! And I also find that sometimes the seem to "get something in one context", but not at all in another… they have time to learn!


  5. Candace @Naturally Educational says

    This is so cute! Really brings it home and I know kids that age especially love to think of things in "families"–my kids always want four of everything. Now it will be five of everything, I suppose! It has been great for teaching animal names (Stallion, Mare, Foal, Colt, Filly) and you are right–relative size would be a perfect fit, too!

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