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# Teach Your Preschooler About Thick And Thin Concept

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Basic mathematical concepts, like less vs more, thick vs thin, big vs small, etc., are usually taught to children during their early years. Understanding and using these basic concepts help them to learn to read and understand what they’ve read or written.

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In this article, we have covered the thick and thin concept for kindergarten kids that will help them to understand the meaning of the two terms, and they will also learn to identify the objects that are thick and thin when compared.

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## What Does Thick And Thin Mean?

Let’s take a look at the meaning and difference between thick and thin.

We call an object thick when the opposite sides or surfaces of that object are far or relatively far apart. On the other hand, we call an object thin when the opposite surfaces or sides of that object are close or relatively close together.

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## What Are Some Thick And Thin Objects?

While teaching children the concept of thick and thin, parents must include examples to make it easy for the children to understand the concept. Below, we have explained thick vs thin for children, along with examples. Let’s take a look at them.

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### Example Of Thick And Thin Objects

An object is generally called thick or thin based on its width.

Example 1: In the image above, the tree on the left is thick, and the tree on the right is thin.

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Example 2: In the image above, the book on the left is thin, and the book on the right is thick.

### Example Of Thicker And Thinner Objects

The terms thicker and thinner are generally used to compare two objects.

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Example 1: In the image given above, the banana is thinner than the pineapple, or the pineapple is thicker than the banana.

Example 2: In the image given above, the toothbrush is thinner than the toothpaste tube, or the toothpaste tube is thicker than the toothbrush.

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### Example Of Thickest And Thinnest Objects

The terms thickest and thinnest are generally used for comparing three or more objects.

Example 1: In the image given above, the candle on the right is the thickest, and the candle in the middle is the thinnest among all the candles.

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Example 2: In the image given above, the book on the right is the thickest, and the book on the left is the thinnest among all the books.

## How To Teach Thick And Thin Concept To Kids?

In this section, we have covered some simple ways to teach kids about thick and think concepts easily. Here the kids have to decide if objects are thick or thin. Let’s begin!

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### Objects That Are Thick And Thin

• Introduce your child to the words thick and thin.
• Point out that the letters t and h, and tell them the letters together make the /th/ sound.
• Help them understand the difference between thick and thin with the help of real-life examples like a book is thick but a newspaper is thin.
• Show your child matching pairs of thick and thin graphics, and ask them to first point to the thick one and then the thin one.

### Word Cards For Thick And Thin

• Take some “th” word cards and help your child to read them.
• Ask them to use their thumb to trace a circle around the “th” at the beginning of the words.
• Now, ask them to fold some of the word cards once and some of the word cards thrice.
• Point out that the word cards they have folded thrice are thicker than the cards they have folded once.
• Similarly, the word cards that have been folded once are thinner than the cards that have been folded thrice.

### Write About The Activity Using Words/Patterns

• Give your child one of the thick or thin graphics.
• Help them identify whether the object image is thick or thin.
• If the graphic is thick, ask your child to write thick on the graphic.
• If the graphic is thin, ask your child to write thin on the graphic.
• Ask them to underline the “th” in thick and thin.

It is not easy to teach kids about the concept of thick and thin. Children might get confused with the two terms and use them interchangeably. Therefore, teach your child to correctly identify thick and thin objects with the help of the examples shared in this article. Happy learning!

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Shraddha Mishra
Writer, journalist and content creator, she has worked across several publications. She takes a keen interest in travel, food and culture. A new mother, she loves talking about her parenting journey and watching her toddler play, learn and grow. When not working, you will find her watching a movie or web series, or reading a novel, chasing a good story everywhere.
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