Thursday, September 17, 2015

Apple Puzzles for Teaching Numbers

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Apple Puzzles for Teaching Numbers
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
I have a younger group of daycare kids this year so I’m having to make adjustments to keep our activities age appropriate.  I have a couple of small babies here every day so setting aside time for constructive learning activities is challenging.  Most of the time, I have to keep our activities simple.  I need activities that don’t take a whole lot of time.  This week, I thought of a way to teach numbers with simple apple puzzles.

I used the solid red, green, and yellow apples from last week’s sorting activity to make simple apple puzzles.

Make Simple Apple Puzzles


Apple Puzzles for Teaching Numbers
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
Apple Puzzles for Teaching Numbers
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
 I divided the apples into quarters.

Apple Puzzles for Teaching Numbers
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
I wrote the number “1” on the upper left hand corner of one apple.  I drew one dot on the upper right hand corner of the apple.  I recorded 1 tally mark on the lower left hand quarter of the apple.  I wrote the number “one” on the lower right hand quarter of the apple.  I did the same thing for the numbers 2 – 10.

Apple Puzzles for Teaching Numbers
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
 I cut the apples into 4 pieces.

Apple Puzzles for Teaching Numbers
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
We practiced putting the puzzles together.  We worked on number recognition, counting the dots and tally marks, and recognizing number words.

We repeated this activity over and over again.  These kids are between 2 and 3 years old so I chose to use no more than three number apples at a time.  We didn’t focus on number order yet.  We focused on recognizing that numbers have meaning.  I wanted the kids to realize that each number stands for something.  The kids learned that each number represents an amount.



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