This Giant Teeny Tiny Theme comes from my files from years ago. Our lead teacher at that time challenged us to come up with themes that were unique, creative and based on what the children in our class seemed to be interested in.
At that time, they were very into measuring their own height as well as everything else in the classroom!
I hope you enjoy the preschool lesson plans on this page for a fun opposites theme!
This theme could also be partnered with an Opposites theme (see link below for the Opposites Theme Page!).
This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: Provide two very large pieces of newsprint. Label them "Large" and "Small".
Have tape and glue available. Provide Collage materials (fabric, paper, misc. arts and crafts supplies).
Encourage the children to glue or tape items that are large and small to the appropriate papers.
Also, be sure to encourage creativity--can they make a LARGE item with the supplies (perhaps gluing a bunch of paper into the shape of a large car?!).
Materials needed: Sidewalk chalk and small sized chalk; paper
The children use large and small chalk to create designs. Darker construction paper shows the chalk better!
EXTENSION: Provide shallow trays of water for the children to dip the chalk in. The colors on the paper will be very brilliant!
Make a Giant and a Teeny Tiny
Provide crayons, large paper (one for each child), yarn, googly eyes and glue.
The children make their own giant!
They then draw a Teeny Tiny creature standing next to it!
The Enormous Turnip
Make a paper mache turnip! Mix water and flour and glue, dip newspaper strips and place all over a large balloon. When dry, pop balloon and have children help paint.This is a great follow up to the story The Enormous Turnip
Provide both large and small vehicles and small and large blocks. Perhaps add those small colored wooden cube blocks to your unit blocks for contrast in size this week!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Introduce the Concept!
Materials needed: A 1 inch piece of rope or yarn and a 7 foot piece of rope or yarn.
Show the children the small piece of yarn. Tell them it is an inch long. Ask them what kinds of things in our classroom are this small? Let them discuss and let them walk around the room to find some to measure against the yarn!
Now show the 7 foot piece of yarn. Tell them it is 7 feet long. Again, ask if there are anythings in our classroom that are this long (perhaps the tables? The doorway? The carpet? The room?!!).
Tell them that some dinosaurs were even longer than this yarn!
Make your own Giant and Teeny Tiny characters (see the Art Activity above!).
Begin a cooperative story with the children. "Once upon a time there was a giant _______. (One child fills in the blank). It want for a walk and saw ________".
Continue on until all children have added to the story.
Try to write down what each child adds to the story. Take time later to type up the story and what each child added and make copies to send home!
Hang a large piece of chart paper on the wall.
Ask the children to tell you things that are GIANT or very, very big!
List everything they think of!
Encourage them to draw these things when they are at the writing table or the easel!
Teeny Tiny List
On another day, ask the children to tell you things that are Teeny Tiny or very, very small.
List everything they think of!
Again, encourage them to draw these things when they are at the writing table or the easel!
Germs, germs......Where are they?
Read the story Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs / Esos desagradables detestables sucios completamente asquerosos pero... invisibles ... y español) (English and Spanish Edition) by Judith Anne Rice
This is a great way to talk about the Teeny Tiny part of your theme and discuss the importance of hand washing, sneezing into your elbow and using tissues!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Wow! Now THAT'S a cookie!
Purchase cookie dough or make your own.
Let your children each make a big and a small cookie for snack!
Create a store this week. Include a toy cash register, play money, shopping carts and baskets, bags and sacks to pack items into, shelves or bins with play food and boxes (that are taped closed) from your recycling such as cereal, containers, etc. (ask parents to donate some as well). Provide a variety of items from large boxes to small.
Encourage the children to go shopping for you using size words such as "I need a BIG box of cereal and a SMALL container of juice."
Provide large, medium and small paint brushes and/or foam brushes this week!
Parachute Balls-- Big and Small!
Place all different sizes of balls in your parachute to shake off.
VARIATIONS: Use small shakes to get small balls off and big shakes to get big balls off!
Giant Teeny Tiny Limbo!
Use a limbo pole or broom stick.
Say "GIANT" and raise pole up high for children to go under.
Say "Teeny Tiny" and lower pole for children to walk or crawl under!
Add manyI Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddlesand include magnifying glasses for fun!
Book Suggestions for the LibraryThose Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs / Esos desagradables detestables sucios completamente asquerosos pero... invisibles ... y español) (English and Spanish Edition) (there are many authors!) (follow up by making the turnip in the art section above!)
Making Small Crayons Large!
Bring out all of those broken crayons you keep saying you're going to do something with....come on..you KNOW you have them!
You will also need metal muffin tins.
Have the children peel off all the paper from the crayons.
Encourage children to sort the crayons by color.
In the muffin tins, helps each child to choose colors they like and place them in one section of a muffin tin until it is about 1/2 to 2/3 full of crayon pieces.
(Keep a chart so you know which muffin section belongs to which child!).
Place the tin in a preheated oven of 250 F. Leave in until crayons melt (only takes a few minutes).
Let cool. Remove from tins.
Voila--you made BIG crayons!
Big and Small Music!
Provide small instruments for a few days (musical eggs, wrist bells, etc.) and then big ones on other days (drums, rhythm sticks, etc.)
One Drop At A Time
Add water to your sensory table. Provide spoons, pipettes (eyedroppers) and cooking basters (turkey basters), and bowls.
Let the children explore with these materials. Some make giant drops some make smaller ones!
Teeny Tiny Circles
Here's a way to encourage the development of those hand muscles and compare sizes!
Fill your sensory table with different sized circles. Provide hole punchers.
The children will make small holes (circles) in the larger ones!
Bugs--Large and Small!
Add sand to your sand table this week. Add plastic bugs and critters of different sizes. Provide sand sifters, spoons and plastic tweezers!
Big Boy and Cherry Tomatoes
Plant Big Boy and Cherry Tomato seeds with the children. Let them each plant their own as well.
Observe them over time to see the difference.
EXTENSION: Prior to planting, bring in one of each tomato to discuss the different sizes.
Compare the sizes of seeds they are planting as well!
EXTENSION: Once they have turned into seedlings, a few inches tall, I have to tell you--the Topsy Turvy worked great!!! Check it out!
Beans, Beans, Beans!
Provide many different types, colors and sizes of beans, bowls, magnifying glasses.
The children will work on their observation skills with this activity. Let them take the beans apart if they want to!
As you discuss sizes this week, the children will come up with many ideas at the most random moments! When they do, encourage them to journal about it by drawing a picture or "writing" a story in their journals.
Make one journal for each student by stapling a piece of colored construction paper on many pieces of white paper. Fold in half and staple on crease.
Have each child print their name as best they can on the journals.
Remember, if they can only print an "A" for Amy, so be it...encourage them to do that! If they make a scribble mark and tell you "That's my name"..so be it! There are many stages of writing before it looks like their name! Just print their name on the back page in small print!
When I'm Bigger....
Have the children draw a picture of what they want to do or be when they are bigger. Ask them to finish this sentence: "When I'm bigger, I will...."
Write down what they say as they illustrate it!
Make this into a classroom book, it will be popular!
Also, if possible, make color copies to send home to each family!