Included in this download are 9 sets of Fall-themed opposite concept puzzles/cards that I use within sensory bins. Each set contains 16 pairs (32 cards each). However, you do not HAVE to use these in sensory bins- they can stand alone– I just find that the kids I work with are really excited by sensory bins, so they are extra motivated to work! Fall themes included are: Pencils (Back to School), Apples, Acorns, Farm, Football, Pumpkins, Fire Safety, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.
The 16 pairs of opposites (32 concepts total) targeted with each set are as follows:
big/small, hot/cold, awake/asleep, short/long, wet/dry, day/night, heavy/light, sour/sweet, young/old, girl/boy, light/dark, soft/hard, open/closed, sad/happy, dirty/clean, empty/full
You can use these with preschool students who are just working on receptive/expressive knowledge of basic concept words, as well as early elementary students working on antonyms!
If you are working on antonyms, I would suggest cutting the puzzles in half and have each student go around and pick a card out of the bin. When all of the cards are gone, go around the table, and for each student’s turn, they pick one of their cards and state the antonym. They find the other student who has the antonym, and those two students pair their cards together to complete that puzzle card. This can continue around the table until the last two cards have been paired up.
If you are working with younger students on receptive/expressive ID of basic concept words, you could leave the cards whole OR cut them in half (though the activity will last for a longer amount of time if they are cut in half). If you leave them whole, you could easily target receptive ID by asking them to “Point to the one that’s (hot/cold/wet/dry/etc…)” When I use the cards cut in half, I just use more verbal prompts, depending on the levels of the kids. For example, I’ve used sensory bin basic concept activities both with my language delayed students AND preschool peer models when I’m doing push-in small group activites. Examples of verbal prompts I might give are
-Choices: (“Is she awake or asleep?”)
-Analogies/Sentence completions: (“This one is big, this one is….” “This box is open, this box is…”)
-Purposeful error: (“Is this shirt clean?” (when it’s the dirty shirt, and then they tell you something like, “No! It’s dirty!”)
I still like to have the younger kids put the puzzle pieces together with each other, too, even if I have to do a lot of modeling (e.g. “A leaf is light! That means it doesn’t weigh very much and it’s easy to pick up. The opposite of ‘light’ is ‘heavy.’ So-and-so, do you have a picture of something that’s heavy?”
I love sensory bin activities, and your students are sure to love them, too!