Toddler Concepts
Big & Little

Big & Little Concepts page has 2 sections:

If this is your first time, please read the introduction. It is necessary! If you have been here before, jump down to the games and download your copies!

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Introduction


Learning basic language concepts is very important for both receptive and expressive language growth. Understanding of language concepts are needed to follow directions, share ideas, understand tell stories, and more! The fantastic news is that these early developing language concepts can be directly taught through play. 

There are many ways to learn the concepts “big" and "little." It doesn't take any extra work. Instead, just be aware of the concepts as you go about your day. Make sure to talk about "big" and "little" things during different activities. This will help generalize and solidify the skill! Below are three different games you can try this week!

What’s Included:

  • Activities to practice the concepts of “big” and “little” 
  • Easily printable handouts 
  • Space provided to make notes, ask questions, etc...

Recommended Use:

  • Pick an activity and print it out. 
  • Place the activity in a frequented spot to help remind yourself to try it out for a few days. 
  • Jot down some notes on what seems to work and what does not.

Note - Even if your child knows these concepts, play the games anyway! These games also expose your child to new vocabulary as well as practice following directions.  

Big & Little Games


1. Play Time

What You Need:

Blocks, animals, or any toy that varies in size

How To Play: 

Get out a box of toys such as blocks. Make sure the toys vary in size. How you play will depend on the language level of your child. There are 3 different variations below. 

Variations For Language Practice:

  1. Receptive language task (listening). Show your child 2 different blocks that vary in size. Ask your child to grab the little or the big block.  Ask in random order "big" and "little" so your child learns the concepts instead of a pattern. 
  2. Expressive language task. Have your child be in charge and tell you which block to choose, big or little, while building with blocks. This will give your child an opportunity to practice saying the words as well.
  3. Combination of both expressive and receptive language tasks. Organize all the blocks into 2 piles. One pile is for the big blocks and the other pile is for the little blocks. Make sure to talk about the concepts as you decide with your child where each block goes. 

Other Concepts To Target:

  • Small
  • Lots
  • Colors

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2. Tower Competition

What You Need:

Building Blocks

How To Play: 

Find some building blocks. If you don't have blocks, you can use empty boxes such as cereal boxes or shoe boxes. Empty yogurt containers work well too!

Each player builds a tower. When the towers are done, it is time to decide which one is big and which one is little. Have your child be the judge. Once your child becomes good at comparing, start creating towers upon command. This means, decide beforehand to make little towers or big towers. 

Other Concepts To Target: 

  • Colors
  • Hard 
  • Soft
  • Bumpy 
  • Smooth

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3. Drawing

What You Need:

Crayons, markers, or pencils, and paper

How To Play:

Draw with your child. What you draw will depend on the drawing skills of your child. I like to use lines. Draw little lines and big lines. Or, draw a picture and then decide what shapes or colors are big and what are little. This "game" is very open ended. Ultimately, follow your child's lead and make sure to incorporate lots of "little and big talk" along the way.

Other Concepts To Target: 

  • Shapes
  • Colors

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4. Dinner Time

What You Need:

Dinner (it's easy since it already happens daily!)

How To Play:

There are many ways to "play" this game. I will list all the ideas I can think of... Talk about big or little bites, big or little vegetables, big or little silverware, big or little ice cubes, big or little glasses, big or little pieces of fruit, big or little meals, big or little pieces of food.

Ideas To Try:

  • Big or little bites
  • Big or little vegetables
  • Big or little silverware
  • Big or little ice cubes
  • Big or little glasses
  • Big or little pieces of fruit

Other Concepts To Target: 

  • Yummy
  • Yucky
  • Hot
  • Cold

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