Whenever you can demonstrate math principles with a hands-on activity it makes the activity much more memorable–and FUN! In the past we’ve shared how we use rubber ducks and flower petals to practice addition. To get ready for the new school year we did this apple addition activity. It’s an active way to review number combinations and practice beginning addition.
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We started with ten pompom “apples” and a basket. First I had Lovey count the apples to make sure she knew how many we had in all.
Lovey’s job was to pretend to be a tree and let the apples fall. To add a little extra fun we made up a simple rhyme to say just before she let go of the apples. We decided on, “1,2,3 the apples fall from the tree.”
Once the apples fell, Lovey counted to see how many apples landed in the basket and on the ground. Then she shared the addition sentence to go along with the results. If 4 were in the basket and 6 were on the ground, she would say 4+6=10.
To make it even more exciting we decided the “tree” needed to be taller, so Lovey stood up and repeated the rhyme as she dropped the apples. Standing up helped the apples scatter a bit more which made for lots of giggles.
To extend this addition activity try using a different number of apples to begin with. Practice facts for 5, 6, 7, etc.
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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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