These apple tree counting cards are perfect for the beginning of the school year! Students will love using all kinds of manipulatives to build numbers, work on fine motor skills AND practice number writing at the same time!
To prep the activity, I printed all of the pages on cardstock and laminated them for durability.
Then I cut out each card and put them in a pile.
I also gathered the extra supplies students would need to complete the cards: dry erase markers and building manipulatives. I used playdough and mini erasers for students to build each number, but you could also use LEGOS, unifix cubes or pom poms!
Apple Tree Counting Cards
The first time through, I used the cards with a small group of students at my teacher table so I could easily check for understanding.
Working our way around the table, students took turns picking a card from the pile.
The first child chose the number four. She counted the apples in the tree.
Then she used mini erasers to build the number 4.
Next, she practiced writing the number using a dry erase marker.
When she finished, she cleaned off her card, and put it back in the pile for the next person!
A few days later, we pulled out the cards again! This time we practiced using the cards with squishy playdough (always a kid favorite!).
Students loved getting to make playdough balls to show each number on their cards and I loved that they were getting extra number practice!
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