Opposites Storytime

A storytime theme that seems like such a no-brainer that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done before is Opposites!  This was a super quick and easy one to plan and really lended itself well to having unique and fun conversations with the pre-schoolers!

Opposites Storytime

I started by talking about the concept of opposites and telling them some examples.  After we went over the theme we did our opening songs Rickety Tickety and Hello Friends (both can be found on the opening songs page)

Opposites Picture Books

Sun Above Blooms Below
Sun Above and Blooms Below: a springtime of opposites by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illus. by Susan Swan
The Hueys Opposite
The Hueys in What’s the Opposite by Oliver Jeffers
I am a Oliver Jeffers fan but this is the first time I have successfully used one of his books in storytime! It went really well

Green Sheep
Where Is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox, illus. by Judy Horacek
I do this one a lot in tiny tots so it was fun to see how to pre-schoolers enjoyed it!

Other Opposites Picture Books:
Black? White! Day? Night!: a book of opposites by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Maisy Big, Maisy Small by Lucy Cousins
Big and Small: an animal opposites book and Long and Short: an animal opposites book by Lisa Bullard
Opposnakes: a lift-the-flap book about opposites by Salina Yoon
Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd
Some Monsters Are Different by David Milgrim
Alex and Lulu Two of  a Kind by Lorena Siminovich

Opposites Songs & Rhymes

Cool Cat 
Jbrary
I did this in both tiny tots & Pre-school storytime and it was a hit with both crowds!

I Say Fast
Did you ever go to Chuckee Cheese for a birthday party and they would do that song with all the big creepy animatronic animal things that went “I say happy you say birthday! Happy! Birthday! Happy! Birthday!
Anyways, this is a play off of that song!

I say fast and you say…. SLOW!
Fast! Slow! Fast! Slow!

I say up and you say….DOWN!
Up! Down! Up! Down!

I say happy and you say… SAD!
Happy! Sad! Happy! Sad!

I say over and you say… UNDER!
Over! Under! Over! Under!

and you can add as many verses as you would like!

Opposites Craft
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Over and under weaving!  We have been working very hard the last couple months on our cutting and pasting skills that I thought it was about time we introduced a new skill– weaving! It was a little difficult for some of the kids but we all practiced saying “over and under over and under” so they knew that’s what our strips of paper had to do.  After they finished weaving we laminated the finished products and turned them into placemats.  This was a fun project that taught a new skill and had a great finished product

Opposites Craft (1)

Other Opposites Storytime Ideas

Sunflower Storytime- Opposites Storytime
Never Shushed- Preschool: Opposites
Literary Hoots- Storytime: Opposites
Storytime Katie- Opposites!
Jbrary- Opposites at Storytime
A Library Geek- Storytime- Opposites
Reading with Red- Baby Storytime- Opposites