69Brain-Based Learning Activities
three years and older
sequencing, receptive and expressive
• different pictures of a story mounted on heavy card stock
Sequencing is a skill needed for reading as well
as math and science. Children need to get the
hang of what comes first, what comes in the
middle, and what comes last. A fun way to prac-
tice this skill is to let children construct their own
stories by putting the pages of the story together.
Create pages with pictures on them showing
a stage of a story. For example, for the story of
“The Three Little Pigs,” you might have pictures
of pigs building houses, a wolf blowing down
two of the houses, and two pigs running to the
third pig’s house. Place the pictures on a table
and let the children take turns putting the pages
in the order of the story.
You can use storyboards of traditional stories,
but you can also make up your own stories that
can have different endings based on how the
children place the cards in order.
The cards can be made with textured paper,
cloth, or scents. To allow children to self-correct,
you could number the cards on the back to allow
the children to check if they got it right.
Use stories with characters from different cul-
tures. Use pictures of real people, and try to
What Came First?
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