We start our preschool day with close to an hour
of free play.
Keeping the table top activities "fresh" is always the goal!
Here is a new game I created for fall.
I created this game by cutting and gluing the parts for the trees onto a poster board.
I find that generally looks more attractive (and more colourful) than drawing the images directly onto the paper.
The children add the "apples" (red glass stones from the dollar store) to the trees.
The game was designed to be a counting game with children matching the number of apples they add to the number written on the trunk of the tree.
Some of the children (particularly the 3 year olds) however, simply enjoy playing with the beads and placing them on the trees.
Although they are not counting the "apples," they can still develop number awareness as they play.
I will ask casual questions such as which tree has the MOST apples, which tree has "0" apples, or
how many apples do you think you could eat? :)
If you want, you can also add a "Mr. Slinky Worm" to the table.
The children love it when he tries to sneak off with the apples!
We continue with the apple theme at circle time, by singing the classic Mr. Slinky Worm song.
If you'd like magnet board pieces for this song, you'll find them in my Worm Unit HERE along
with a variety of other apple related activities.
All the activities are great for fall, but sometimes Halloween crowds in and I just use the apple ones in the Fall and save the worm activities for spring!
(That's when the kids particularly seem to enjoy digging in the soil for them!)
This set is on sale in my shop now for 20% off!
Take a peek HERE and get your own Mr. Slinky Worm song, magnet board pieces, and class activity sheet while the set is on sale!