Story Time Theme: Opposites

2 Jul

This week’s story times were a little rough, I caught a doozy of a cold late last week and had laryngitis for story time yesterday morning and couldn’t stop coughing this morning.  Thankfully the parents in my story times (for the most part) are very understanding and tried to keep their kids in line a little more than usual so I didn’t have to yell too loudly.

The concept of opposites can be difficult to explain to young children, but there are plenty of books out there with examples, I chose three books for story time this morning and I think the kids had a lot of fun.  Opposite books are great interactive books with children who understand the concept and even if they don’t understand what an opposite is, the pictures often help explain the concept very well.

I thought about using a newer board book called Hippopposites by Janik Coat, but some of the opposite pairs in the book would have been hard to explain to a large group.  This is a great book to share one on one and has a number of examples that are not typically found in an opposites concept book for young children.


  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Parachute: Parachute Bop (Shakin’ the Chute)

Book 1: Octopus Opposites by, Stella Blackstone


  • Traditional: 5 Little      Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Parachute: Popcorn (Battu ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)

Book 2: Loud and Quiet: An Animal Opposites Book by, Lisa Bullard

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional:  Fast & Slow using shaker eggs and scarves (Laurie Berkner Band ~ Rocketship Run)
  • Parachute: Fast & Slow (shake parachute fast and slow with song) Laurie Berkner Band ~ Rocketship Run)

 Book 3: Dot by, Patricia Intriago


  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: Freeze!! (Shakin’ the Chute)

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