Books with Matching Small Objects for Young Toddlers
Camden is in the sensitive period for both small objects and language. He picks up the small objects, studies them and wants me to name every detail he points out, often repeating the words after I say them. I can see why using realistic small objects is so important at this stage. It is helping him acquire language to describe the world around him. Today, Tim pointed out the mirrors on his model car. When he looked out the window, he pointed to our car and proudly cried "Mirrors! Mirrors!" This is an awesome stage.
I love to have one or two trays with small objects on Camden's shelves. I have gotten in the habit of making sure that we always have books about the small objects out at the same time. This gives so many more opportunities for discussion than just using the objects alone!
These small objects have been Camden's most used materials on his shelf for the past couple of months. You might notice a theme. He is crazy about any objects that go or build, so I have been presenting small objects that fit his interests. Follow the child!
Here are some of our favorite objects and the books that go with them! You can read about how we use the small objects when we read below.
1. Busy, Busy Boats by Susan Steggall with the In the Water Toob
2. The Diggers are Coming! by Susan Steggall with CAT construction models
3. Making Tracks by Kirsten Hall also with CAT construction models
4. Police Cars at Work by Jump! with police car model
5. The Big Book of Airplanes a DK Reader with jumbo jet and blackbird models
6. The Jet Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta with F-18 model (similar)
7. Helicopters by Fog City Press with helicopter model
8. What Does a Hammer Do? and What Does a Screwdriver Do? By Robin Nelson with the Tools Toob
9. Cars another DK reader with sports car model
Here are my favorite ways to use small objects while we read:
- Using the first two periods of the Three Period Lesson. The first period of the lesson is introduction. I introduce the object by saying "This is a sailboat." The second period is identification, so I will ask Camden to show me the boat. The third period is recall, which is asking the child to name the object. At this young age, we are only using the first two periods so that he does not feel pressure to say new words. In the past few weeks, he has been offering up the names on his own and practicing them while he plays independently. The rest of the activities in this list are really extensions of the second period.
- Playing the "Bring Me" game. I say "Oh look, there is a sailboat in your book. Can you bring me your sailboat?"
- Finding the object out of a group of similar objects. I put around six boats of the In the Water Toob on the floor in front of us that match the boats in the book. As we read, I ask him to pick out the boats as they come up in the book and say "Can you put the sailboat in my hand?"
- Naming features of the object in the book and asking him to find that feature on the object. For example: "Here is the sail in the book, can you find the sail on your boat?"
We use other variations with animals and instruments, which I hope to share soon! I would love to hear other ideas about book/small object combinations or how you use small objects with your child!