Bridge + Tunnel Sort
We did this activity after our bridge walk so we used pictures of bridges and tunnels from our walk. I added a couple from the internet of tunnels to round out our collection. This was a fun way to re-cap everything we saw on our walk and extend our conversation.
Set Up - Tape two large pieces of paper to a surface. Write Bridges on one and Tunnels on the other. (I also drew little pictures). Place your pictures in a basket and have tape on hand.
Activity - Ask your toddler to help you sort. Show them the two charts, indicating the word and picture that indicates Bridge or Tunnel. Do the first one together. For example, "Let's look at the first picture that Charlie is holding. What do you see in the picture?" "Why do you think it is a bridge?" OR "I agree. There are cars driving under it, it looks like a bridge to me too! Here's some tape, can you attach it to the Bridge chart?" If the example goes well, let them take the lead from there. If not, do more of them together. Try to use questions or shared thoughts to lead them to an answer, rather than just saying right or wrong. I have found referring to other pictures, either ones you have already charted or in a book, to also be helpful. Use the vocabulary introduced on the bridge walk including; bridge, tunnel, over, under, long, short and maybe some specific bridge types with preschoolers.
Collection of photos or Bridges & Tunnels - either your own or from the internet
2 Large Piece of Paper
*Sort other things - maybe adding a third category to make it more difficult.
*Build bridges or tunnels in your block area.
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