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Apple Picking Time!


green, red, and yellow construction paper
hole punch
large cutout tree
pushpins (not thumbtacks)
bulletin board
3 envelopes or baskets (one for each color apple)


1. Cut out apples from green, red, and yellow paper. Laminate for durability.
2. Punch a hole in the top of each apple. Loop a piece of yarn through the hole and tie a knot.
3. Put a large cutout tree on a bulletin board that the children can reach. Put pushpins all over the tree.
4. Hang apples on the tree by hanging the yarn loops on the pushpins.
5. Place baskets on the floor under the board, or attach envelopes (you can make them out of colored construction paper). Glue an apple to each one to identify which apples go in which basket or envelope.
6. Invite the children to "pick" the apples out of the tree and place them in the appropriate baskets or envelopes.
7. Have the children place their apples on the floor and count them. Ask the children questions: Which color has more? Less? Are they the same amount?
8. Hang the apples back up on the tree for the next apple pickers!
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Math/Numbers/Reasoning
Topic: Numbers
Content: Mathematics
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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