This is a quick, easy and super-fun apple game
that you can play as an independent center
, or as a whole group activity
where children play with a partner.
To celebrate back to school
, I'm knocking a dollar off for a limited time.
The game will reinforce numbers 1-6
for PK kiddos, while older students can use the 1-12 number puzzle to practice addition
There are several ways
* Run off the 6-on-a-page pattern and trim.
* There are 3 different apple puzzles for #s 1-6
, as well as 3 for #s 1-12
* Students pick a partner or play in groups of 3, taking turns rolling the dice
* Whatever number they roll they color in the matching section on their puzzle.
* Older students will play with one dice for numbers 1-6, then use two dice, adding them together, for numbers 7-12.
* To reinforce the fact that apples are 3 different colors, I have my students color with a red, yellow
, and green
* You can give children a choice of how they want to color, or to practice “color by number”
following directions, hang up the poster(s) for them to refer to.
* The first child to color in all of the numbers, or the one with the most filled in when the timer rings, is the winner.
To play this as a Center Game
* Run off the larger apple puzzles on red, yellow and lime green construction paper, laminate and trim.
* Run off the same number of patterns on white card stock, so younger children have a base
to place the puzzle pieces on.
* Challenge older students
to try and figure out the puzzle without using the base template.
* Children play the same as above, only instead of coloring a section, they find, and place that puzzle piece over the correct number.
* To assist children who are not using a base, print & laminate the “Challenge!” sample posters
for them to refer to.
* I’ve also included “header” cards
, if you’d like to make these as an inexpensive gift
for a back-to-school treat bag
* They come in color
as well as BW
It’s a super-simple, 1st day activity
that children can do independently
, which allows you to be freed up. Woo hoo!
Children are happily engaged
putting their own personal puzzle together.
When they’re done, they pick a new friend to play the dice game with; using the base that they built their puzzle on, which they’ll now color for the “Roll & Color”
I’ve included a different “Welcome!” apple pattern
for this, where the sections are a bit larger, so that you have room to write the letters of each child’s name if you want.
You can have these pre-cut, or to make the activity last longer, have children cut out their own pieces.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a delightful and delicious fall.
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