We are kicking off the Virtual Book Club with our first activity. The Virtual Book Club is a weekly chance for us to share a craft, play activity or learning opportunity based on the featured book of the week. Click here for more details about the club and find out how you can take part.
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The first week’s theme is apples and features Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr Seuss. The number related tale is about a dog, lion and a tiger all showing off how many apples they can balance on their heads. It helps pre-schoolers learn to count using true Dr Seuss rhyming style. The story instantly captured Adam’s imagination.
As Adam is extremely confident with counting up to ten and recognising the numerals, I decided to base an activity around learning number names. As yet, Adam has not been introduced to the concept that each number has a numeral and a written word and that either can be used to represent a number. In a few easy steps I created a Sequencing Number Words activity based on the story Ten Apples On Top!
Resources needed for the Ten Apples On Top Sequencing Number Words activity:
* Plain Wooden Stacking Blocks
* Printed copies of numerals and number names typed onto apples. We used this free printable and printed it 4 to a page
* Photographs of friends
* Laminator (optional)
How To Set Up The Ten Apples On Top Sequencing Number Words activity:
1) Cut out the two sets of apples – one with numerals on and the other with number names. We laminated ours so that they would last longer.
2) Attach the numeral apples to the wooden stacking blocks. On the other side of the block attach the corresponding number name apple. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough wooden blocks to hand so used similar shaped cubes from our Wood-Like Softblocks collection.
3) Print a photograph of your child’s face and attach it in the same way to another stacking block. Repeat the process with friends or family photographs.
How To Play Ten Apples On Top Sequencing Number Words activity:
I placed the wooden block with Adams photograph on the table and set him a challenge. He had to place the numeral apples on top of the photograph head. The apples had to be added in the correct order.
Adam found it easy to locate the required numeral apple but struggled to get more than seven apples to stay on top. As we used Wood-Like Softblocks rather than wooden blocks they wouldn’t stack very well.
He repeated the activity using photograph blocks of his two cousins and his friend Max.
Once Adam had managed to get seven blocks to stack I got him to move around to the other side of the table. Here he could see the other side of the blocks and read the typed number names on the apples. We discussed each number name in turn and turned each block over to reveal its numeral.
Adam’s second challenge was to place the number name apples on top of the photograph head cube. This required a little more concentration but with a little support Adam was able to place them in the correct order. Once he stacked as many cubes as he could without them falling down he moved around the table to check whether he had placed them in the correct order.
I love that our Ten Apples On Top Sequencing Number Words activity enables the child to check their own work. What a great start to our weekly Virtual Book Club series.
Check out the other apple themed activities for preschoolers:
* Magnetic Names Apple Picking – Preschool Powol Packets
* How to Trace Your Name With Fingerprint Apples – Big Owl Little Owl Witty Hoots
* Apple Colour Mixing Science Experiment – Powerful Mothering
* Fine motor Apple Graphing Activity – Extremely Good Parenting
* Ten Apples Up On Top File Folder Game – Views From a Step Stool
* 2 Ingredient Apple Scented Playdough– Rainy Day Mum
* Finger Painted Apple Trees – Clares Little Tots
* Play Dough Apple Stacking Activity – Inspiration Laboratories
* Preschool Learning Fun for Ten Apples Up on Top – Mama Smiles
* Science in Motion Apple Game – The Educators’ Spin On It
* Colorful Spin Art Apple Banner for Kids– Toddler Approved
* Apple Themed Pre-Writing Activity – Sugar Aunts
* Ten Apples Up On Top Movement Activity – Still Playing School
* Are Apples Round? Fun Ways for Exploring Shapes – Peakle Pi
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