Monday, December 19, 2011

One of These Things is Not Like The Other...

Well, now that, that old Sesame Street is stuck in some of my reader's heads, on to the activity! This is another really simple one to put together yet so great for visual discrimination and cognitive strenghtening! 

Can you find the sticker that doesn't match the others in each strip?

To create this activity, I cut strips of card stock with my paper cutter. I then searched around in Tyler's sticker box and found stickers that had many "matches" and one that was similar in some way but not the same. Some are easier than others. I wanted him to have easier strips to give him confidence for the more challenging ones.

In the photo above I used garage sale stickers and wrote letters on each. As you can see, one letter doesn't match, but it takes a bit of searching for little brains. Ty is very visual, so I figured he could handle it. This also strenghtens his letter recognition.

In this set I used:
 Red apples with one red leaf
Fish with one sea shell
 A pattern of blue and red stars with one green

In this set:
Baseballs and one basketball
Snowmen and one reindeer
Small basketballs with one larger basketball

We've only tried this activity once so far, but he really enjoyed it. I've had this idea for some time, but went ahead with it now because he has shown how much he enjoys noticing when something doesn't belong in a certain spot. When working with his mini cylinders for example, he will purposely pretend to put them in the incorrect spaces saying "no", "no", "no", and then save the correct space for last saying "yes!". He is all about being silly in this and many other ways, and calling things silly is a new favorite type of phrase. I figured this wouldn't seem like learning or work to him, but a way to point out how silly it is for the oddball to be there...and thankfully I was right!  

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  1. I like the idea of using letters rather than objects,this is nice. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Very nice activity, Jen! Really easy to make and nice variety of elements.

  3. Lovely activity! Something for me to file away to try again another time!

  4. This is a super activity and one I think we would really benefit from right now. My little one has begun noticing little details such as this! Thanks for the idea, I am pinning it to pinterest!

  5. Thank you...and you're welcome everyone! Thanks for adding it to Pinterest "andthatsfamily"!