Opposite Day Stretches Problem Solving Skills!


January 25th is almost here—the day that up means down and happy means sad. That’s right Opposite Day is upon us! Up/down. Left/right. Open/closed. Yes/no. What are you planning to do with your kids to celebrate this day?

When brainstorming new ideas, an often-used technique is that of reversing your thinking, imagining that the “exact opposite” outcome is desired, the exact opposite problem is in your lap—what would you do? Opposite Day is a day dedicated to flipping the coin, to looking exactly where you wouldn’t, and for having some creative fun with your kids.

There’s a skill-sharpening benefit to this fun, too. By encouraging kids to “go opposite” they’ll get some practice expanding their problem-solving skills. To help Opposite Day to be “the opposite of those demanding lesson plan days,” Teacher Peach did a bit of detective work to find some quick activities and worksheets to help you incorporate Opposite Day into the lessons you’ve already built. Check these out—or don’t, as we say in the land of oppo-speak!

Why not observe Opposite Day at home and at school with these ideas? If you’re eager to do a fun activity with your children at home or you want to incorporate an up-side-down adventure or two in your classroom, check out these options. Teacher Peach recognizes this day as an amazing opportunity to engage with kids and to spark creativity, so we did some quick digging to share just a few activities to celebrate this fun light-hearted day (with a hidden problem-solving benefit for everyone)!

Check Out These Free Printables

To save you even more time, Teacher Peach’s team of creatives started this FREE printables search for you, too. With just a few clicks, you’ll find worksheets and flashcards that might be perfect for your Opposite Day plans. These work well at the breakfast table too, even before the school day begins. (How’s that for an opposite approach?) The links below are a collection of printable worksheets and flashcards to get you started.

Lesson Starters and Idea Sites

Scholastic and PBS have some great resources to help you weave Opposite Day into a lesson plan. If the idea feels above or below the ages of your kids, many of these are easy to adapt. If you want to link the activity to the content of your lesson, in many cases you’ll spot an easy way to accomplish that, too. Activities include learning and incorporating words like reverse, backwards and opposite into any questions you’re planning to pose using games to show movement, and so much more! What is the opposite of raising your hand in your classroom? What if today you allowed your class NOT to be a device-free zone? Some of the ideas on these sites might inspire you to “go opposite” in many different ways.

Have an awesome Opposite Day or should we say an everything-but-awesome day to stay in keeping with Opposite Day’s theme? If you’ve never posted a comment on our site, why not do “just the opposite on Opposite Day” and let us know what you and your kids discovered as part of this mind-stretching strategy? We’ll be eager to hear from you, as always—and there’s no opposite in that!

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