It’s day four of our Fall Invitations to Play series with My Nearest and Dearest, Buggy and Buddy, Play Trains, and Twodaloo. This button apple tree is another apple inspired invitation to play that we used during our recent apple theme.
Today’s Fall Invitation to Play
We talked a lot about apple trees, so I thought these materials might inspire the kids to create apple trees of their own.
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- red buttons
- green buttons
- cinnamon sticks
- large piece of green felt or flat workspace
Ways Children Might Use the Materials
Below is a brief list of skills kids might practice using these materials. However, as I watch kids interact with new invitations I am always impressed by their creativity in using materials in ways that I may never have thought of. This kind of free exploration is one of things I enjoy most about invitations to play.
- Sensory Exploration
- Fine Motor
- Beginning math skills like patterning, counting, sorting and creating basic shapes
- Color recognition
As I mentioned above I thought the kids might create some version of an apple tree, but they didn’t. They all had very different ideas for these materials. Tinker created a house for all her “doggies” (the red buttons).
Big Buddy concentrated for a long time on aligning the cinnamon sticks and balancing the buttons on them.
They may not have created apple trees, but that’s not really important. They did use their own creativity and engage in open-ended play as the result of this invitation, and that was the overall goal.
Note: I was told that touching your eyes after handling cinnamon sticks may cause irritation. We did not have any difficulty with this, but you may want to be sure children wash hands after this activity just in case.
Now that you’ve seen today’s invitation to play, head on over and see what the other members of the series have planned for you. And don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for our last post in the Fall Invitations to Play series!
Apple Orchard Invitation to Play by My Nearest and Dearest
Art Using Fall Colors by Buggy and Buddy
Fall Spice Railroad by Play Trains!
Magnetic Fall Tree by Twodaloo
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
- Apple Number Cards (0-35)
- “Counting Apples” emergent reader
- “I See Apples” emergent reader
- Apple Letters (uppercase and lowercase in both red and green)
- Apple Life Cycle Cards (in color and b/w)
- Label the Apple Diagram (in color and b/w) with labeling cards
- Apple Pattern Cards
- Put the Apples on the Tree Game Mat
- Editable cover and pages for a class apple book
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