I made a fall leaves number match which is a great activity for number recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out. I then laminated all pieces and separated the leaves from the baskets.
I laid the number baskets out on the table and put the leaves in a pile next to the baskets. I do not put the baskets in any particular order but it is up to you how you want to set them up for your early learners.
In this activity children pick a number leaf from the pile and place it on top of the basket with a same number. Play continues until all the leaves and baskets have been matched. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is where the fall leaves alphabet match is also located.
We are doing a lot of work with color recognition and fine motor development and we love using match and clip cards because they work on both of these skills. I printed two setsthe patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I put the color cards and twelve clothespins in a basket and set them out. The children picked a card and then found the matching card and clipped them together with a clothespin. Play continued until all colors cards had been matched.
You can also set this up as a floor or table game by laying one set of the color cards out and having the children put the matching card on top of the color cards.
You can grab the patterns here and watch a video of this activity below:
I made a crayon color match to help the children work on their color recognition and fine motor skills. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated all pieces.
I laid the crayons out on a table along with the color matching circles. There are twelve color crayons so if you do not have a space that is large enough you could also set this up as a floor activity.
In this activity the children put the matching color circles on the same colored crayons. You can choose to use all of the crayons or just a few colors. We also talk about what colors the crayons while the children are putting on the color circles.
You can grab crayon color match patterns here and see a video below:
Here is a number sequence which is a great activity for number recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I mixed the number crayons up and set them out in a basket. You do not need to put them in a container if you do not want to ... having them in a zip lock bag or just on the table works too. The crayons are numbered 0-30 so you have a choice of how many to set out depending upon the skill levels of your early learners.
In this activity children sort through the crayons and put them in numerical order. As of 2022 this activity can be found in the member's section which is where the crayon letter sorting is also located.
As most of you know we love working with playdough and I try to incorporate a couple of playdough activities with each theme because it is a wonderful tool for helping to build fine motor skills.
Today we made playdough apples which the children really had a great time with. They took playdough and made apple shapes from it (they used red ... green ... and yellow). Next they made a stem and leaf for each apple.
Once the apples were made the children then took pony beads and pressed them into the apples. Most chose to do color matching with the beads. If you use pony beads with this activity please remember to use supervision with children under the ages of three and those still in the stages of putting small items in their mouths.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
This apple roll and pick game is one of our favorite math center activities for our apple unit. It can be played individually or in groups with children taking turns rolling the dice. Starting with all of the apples on the tree children roll the dice and remove the number off apples from the tree that was displayed on the dice.
Play continues until all of the apples are removed from the tree. We used red pom-poms with self-adhesive magnets but I have also included red markers that you can use if you do not have pom-poms.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below: