13 Things that Change

by Deb on July 22, 2010

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One of the things babies and little kids need to learn about is that things don’t always stay the same, they change over time (and can even change back again).  It’s something we’re so used to we don’t really notice any more, but it’s all new to them!  Some of these are things you can play with, some are just to be aware of and point out, but here are some things that kids can observe change over time.

Light –

  1. Day and night.
  2. Shadows.
  3. Temperature –

  4. Over a day, take note of what clothes they are wearing.
  5. Over the year.
  6. Melting ice (or icecream 🙂 )
  7. Cooking, especially if they help make it.
  8. Living things –

  9. Flowers or plants growing.
  10. Silkworms.
  11. Electricity –

  12. On and off switches.
  13. Sound –

  14. Follow a tune going up and down.
  15. Play with their own voice going loud and soft.
  16. Play with nonsense syllables and feel their mouth change, E I E I O.
  17. Change with movement, listen as cars get closer and go past.
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Ro July 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

That’s where kids on the Autistic Spectrum have difficulty with things changing, and many of them things we parents have no control over.
Talking about it and having charts or pictures in books can help 🙂
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Chris July 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

A great one that my kids love (but not everyone has access to it) is dry ice – either put it in water to see all the “smoke” or “steam” as the kids call it or leave it out and see how it disappears (is 4 and 2 too young to be explaining sublimation to them?)
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sandy July 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm

It must be such fun at your house sandy
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Alice Audrey July 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

The sound suggestion made me think of another change – the way the mouth is shaped as you make the sounds.
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Shirley Ann Goerlitz July 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Excellent…reminds me of when my kids were still home.
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Brenda July 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Oh very cool. Change is a great concept to explore. Thanks.
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Harriet July 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm
Janet July 23, 2010 at 12:37 am

great list 🙂


Heather July 23, 2010 at 2:15 am

You always have such interesting lists. There’s always change in color, too — particularly with fall foliage.
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Julie July 23, 2010 at 3:30 am

I love change- but my sons don’t deal well with anything changing at all!
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Kah Woei July 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

Funny list. It’s not something I’ve ever thought on.
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SenseiMattKlein July 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Thought provoking article Deb. How things change is about observing. One of the hardest things to notice is changes in ourselves–for instance how a child’s body grows stronger, more coordinated, and better balanced. Ask them to do something they could barely do a year ago and now they can do it with ease.
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Deb July 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Or even quicker with little ones – my 2 year old can now ride tricycles, only a few weeks ago she couldn’t reach the pedals properly. And the big one loves showing off how she can skip, that’s only a few months old.


Gwen62 August 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

Something good to learn as adult also; that things change. Some of us can have trouble with that no matter how old we are.


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