Today we had an impromptu theme of apples. I had a bag full of apples I needed to cut and peel to make applesauce. While I did this, I sang a couple of rhymes to Bear that mentioned apples.
Farmer Brown had five green apples hanging in his tree. Farmer Brown had five green apples hanging in his tree. He plucked one apple and ate it hungrily. Four green apples are hanging in his tree. (repeat until you get to one green apple…and change the third and fourth lines to “He plucked that apple and gave it all to me. No more apples are hanging on his tree.”)
Way up high in the apple tree, Two little apples smiled at me. I shook that tree as hard as I could. Down came the apples. MMMmmm, they’re good!
Then I showed Bear how if you cut an apple horizontally there is a star/flower inside where the seeds are. We then proceeded to make apple prints with the apple I cut.
She also did a painting similar to the one here. What a great blog with fabulous ideas.
I love when learning moments just happen like this, totally unplanned.
What you’ll need:
a die – we made a special one for Bear that only has 1, 2, and 3 dots since we are working on understanding the numbers one to three. A normal die could be used, or two dice to practice up to 12.
How you play:
We started off with 12 Cheerios each on a plate. You could choose any number.
Then one player rolls the die. The number rolled is the number of Cheerios eaten that turn. The next player plays (or just the child could play, but it is more fun to see who finishes first). Play continues until all the Cheerios are gone.
When Bear got down to one or two Cheerios left on her plate, I would ask her how many Cheerios were left and she would count them.
Bear asked for the die at dinner. She kept rolling the die and counting the dots and then taking that number of bites of soup. She ate a lot more soup than I imagined she would eat by playing.
I can see the die spending time in the toddler bag, along with a container of Cheerios, and playing this at a restaurant while waiting for the food to arrive.