Being able to classify objects is an important skill, and I can’t think of anything easier than making these “Which One’s Different?” cards (or making new sets once kids get tired of the first set). They remind me a lot of standard worksheets for preschoolers, though I’ll admit I wouldn’t think they’d be very fun. However, since my kids don’t do worksheets, they actually enjoy using these cards once in awhile. The 2 year old can almost always point out “which one’s different?” fairly quickly, but she’s not yet able to verbalize why she chose as she did. My preschooler can obviously do a better job explaining, and I’ve been meaning to make some that are even harder just for him (like making a set with a bunch of plant-eaters and one meat-eater, or a bunch of mammals and one fish, etc.) in order to combine other areas of knowledge.
Recommended Age Range: Baby/Toddler, Preschool
Time Required: ~10 minutes
Difficulty: Super Easy
Cost: A few dollars in stickers. I’m weird, so I still have a collection of stickers from when I was a teenager, but I was also able to pick up some cheaply from the 99 cent store.
- A variety of stickers
- A few sheets of card stock
Supplies & Tools:
- paper trimmer (or ruler, pencil, and scissors)
- Use paper trimmer to cut strips 2″ wide (by 8.5″) from the card stock. (Alternatively, use a ruler to draw lines on paper of desired width, then cut with scissors.)
- Stick 5 or 6 stickers in a row on each strip with one of the stickers not matching the rest. The difference can be obvious (a picture of something completely different) or more subtle (different size, different color, different character from same movie, different habitat, etc.) depending on the age and abilities of the child.