Toddler Concepts
Up & Down

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If this is your first time here, 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


There are many ways to learn the concepts of "up" and "down." Be aware of the concepts as you go about your day. Make sure to talk about "up" and "down" during different activities. This will help generalize and solidify the skill!

What’s Included:

  • Activities to practice language concepts
  • 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.

Up & Down Games


1. Car Game

What You Need:

Play cars

How To Play:

Get out some play cars and a ramp. If you don't have a car ramp, you can make one out of pillows or by turning a hardcover book upside down. Have the cars go up and down the ramp. 

To initially teach this concept, take a car and say "up, up, up, up..." slowly as the car goes up. This builds excitement and captures your child's attention. Then, once the car reaches the top, say "down" and let the car fall down fast. Children usually find this funny and remain interested for a few minutes!

Of course, you can play this game any which way. When playing, remember to talk about up and down and the rest of the concepts listed below.

Other Concepts To Target:

  • Fast
  • Slow
  • Small
  • Little
  • Big

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2. Playground Game

What You Need:

Nothing...just a trip to the park!

How To Play:

There are many opportunities to practice all sorts of concepts at the park. To practice up and down try some of these ideas:

  • Roll a stick up and down the slide
  • Climb up stairs and go down the slide
  • Jump up and down on a bridge
  • Walk up and down the stairs
  • While swinging, push your child up and then let he/she "fall down" as he/she swings back down
  • Throw wood chips up and watch them fall down
  • Climb up a slide and then fall down

Other Concepts To Target: 

  • Outside 
  • Inside
  • Fast
  • Slow

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3. Towers Game

What You Need:

Building Blocks

How To Play:

Build a tower and then knock it down. That's it! 

However, when building the tower, make sure to say "up" as you place each block on top of the tower. When the tower is built, have your child say "down" before he/she knocks it down. Once the tower falls down, talk about how many blocks fell down and how he/she should put them back up. Below are some other concepts to target while playing.

Other Concepts To Target: 

  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Big 
  • Little

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4. Stair Game


What You Need:

Stairs

How To Play:

Okay, this one is super easy!! As you help your toddler walk up or down stairs, say "up" or "down" accordingly. This also works well when you child is playing with houses or farms. The little people and/or animals can walk up or down. Below are some other common concepts to target.

Other Concepts To Target: 

  • Soft
  • Hard
  • Lots
  • Slow
  • Fast

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