Want to support and track your child’s understanding of the positional concepts in, on, & under? Get ready to follow directions with this FREE positional concepts pond activity!
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This activity features language and cognitive development concepts children learn throughout their early childhood years as a toddler, preschooler, and within their early elementary school years. Specific age milestone information can be found with a simple internet search!
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Great! Let’s get started with this ADORABLE pond life activity!
First, let’s print and laminate the pond background scene and animals/insects. You’ll notice I cut out the animal/insect cutouts and placed them around the pond.
Then, attach either dot adhesives (soft side) for use in your child’s interactive binder book or magnets for use on a magnet board to the back of the picture cutouts. Additionally, place dot adhesives (rough side) on the pond life background scene. Hole punch the top of the sheet for use in your child’s interactive binder book. Note: Adult Supervision is required. Use caution with the magnets, dot adhesives, and small pieces as they are not intended for use with children under the age of 3. Please use caution and supervise your child with the dot adhesives, magnets and small pieces when working on this activity. Only work on activities that you feel are safe for your child. Warning: Choking Hazard. Children under 3 should not participate in any activities that involve small pieces.
Is your child under 3? The Activity Garden includes a modified version of this activity available in bigger print for younger toddlers. Small pieces, magnets, and dot adhesives are not intended for use with the bigger print activities. Please remember that adult supervision is required with all activities shared on Simplicity Happens. Just a kind reminder to stay safe and have fun while learning with your little ones!
I put adhesive dots (soft side) on the back of the animal picture cutouts.
Then, put adhesive dots (rough side) on the pond background scenes. There are two background scenes. One is for the matching activity and the other is for the following directions activity. You’ll notice I also hole-punched the background scenes for future storage in my son’s interactive play binder book.
There are following directions prompts on the animal/insects cutouts page such as, “Put the bird in the sky.” You can use these prompts while working with your child, but you can also make up your own. More than likely, your little ones will decide as well. Just follow their lead while playing with this activity! You can get really silly! You might even see the fish in the sky! It’ll make for great conversation!
Now that the activity has been set up, let’s get to the PLAY experience!
This activity can be used for matching picture to picture.
My son matches the picture cutouts to the “same” picture on the “Matching” background scene.
I keep a record of his receptive labeling knowledge during this activity for future play activities in my “Activity Garden: Goal Tracking Sheets” booklet.
I then keep track of his progress on this specific activity in my Activity Garden Tracking Sheet booklet:
This activity can be used for receptively labeling the pond life vocabulary.
First, my son and I go through the pictures together. I want to determine his ability to identify the pond life pictures when I name them. This demonstrates his ability to receptively label pond life vocabulary.
First, we work on receptive labeling:
I then keep track of his progress with receptive labeling activity in my Activity Garden Tracking Sheet booklet.
This activity can be used for expressively labeling the pond life vocabulary.
Next, my son and I go through the pond life vocabulary together. I want to determine his ability to identify pond life vocabulary when I point to the picture and ask, “What is this?” This demonstrates his ability to expressively label pond life vocabulary.
Now, we work on expressive labeling:
Last, I tell him what a great job he did naming all of the animals/insects.
Receptive: Following Directions with Positional Concepts
First, my son follows one-step directions with positional concepts.
He’s doing great with the one-step directions with positional concepts. I think he’s ready for a multi-step direction with positional concepts!
Expressive: Following Directions with Positional Concepts
Now it’s time to flex that expressive knowledge muscle!
First, my son leads the activity by choosing where he wants the animals/insects to go! He puts the frog under the log, the bird on the log, and the butterfly in the sky!
I keep a record of his ability to expressively follow directions in my Activity Garden tracking sheets booklet!
Once we are done playing with the pond activity, we store the animals/insects in a zip pouch for later use!
What did you and your little ones enjoy about this activity? Let me know in the comments below!