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Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is coming up soon, the 26th of September to be exact. He would be 238 today! In honor of his birthday I have a cute apple counting activity for you!
We just recently did a bunch of apple activities and I had an idea of doing something like this then, but it never materialized. It could have been that I was swamped with planning Riley’s 1st birthday party on top of the bazillion other things on my to do list!
However, things have started to calm down a little recently and I had some time to put what was in my brain into action.
You can’t get enough counting, number recognition and one-to-one correspondence practice at an early age. I can’t tell you how many children I’ve had come into Kindergarten that really had no concept of counting objects. We do our best to get them caught up, but the development of a child’s one-to-one correspondence not only has an impact on their math skills but reading as well.
Apple and Worm Counting
12 Green Craft Sticks (or plain ones painted green)
Print out the apples on heavy paper and cut them out. With a exacto knife, cut a slit about twice the width of the craft stick to the right of the number.
Draw little faces on the green craft sticks to make them your “worms”. Add dots on each “worm” so that you have a stack of worms with 1 – 12 dots to match the apple number cards.
Lay out the apple cards and “worms”. Have your child count the dots on the worm, match to that number, then have them “eat” the apple. Continue until all worms are gone! Just a note, if you think you’ll have some energetic worms, you might want to reinforce the slits with some tape before you cut them. Landon got a little too carried away on a few and they are starting to rip (after being used for several days). Happy Counting!
Today I’m co-hosting my first blog hop! Come join the fun! Share what you’ve done with apples!
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This hop is being co-hosted by the following blogs: Angelique Felix, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, The Fairy and The Frog, Rainy Day Mum, Loving My Nest, Living at the Whitehead’s Zoo, Inspiration Laboratories, Growing a Jeweled Rose, and The Pleasantest Thing.
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