Here’s a easy fall hands on addition idea: apple sums! Make numbered felt apples and use pompoms as counters to work on sums.
Apple Sums: Hands on Addition
This apple sums activity will be perfect for kids starting out to learn to make sums and still need hands on practice to get to an answer. It is easy to set up too and fun! To get started, you’ll need:
- Red (or green/ yellow) felt
- Red, green, and yellow pompoms
- A 3 compartment tray (or use 3 small containers and fit them together on a regular tray)
- Plastic tweezers
- Two white stickers (3 if you want to work on subtraction as well)
Preparing the tray:
Cut apple shapes from the felt. I only cut ten, but you can cut how many ever you need. Also, you do not need to use felt, craft foam or laminated cardboard can work too. Now number each apple.
Then, write the plus, minus and equal signs on the stickers and attach to the tray as shown in the image above. Add the apples, pompoms and the tweezer to the tray.
How to use the tray:
Let your child choose two numbered apples and place it in the first two compartments.
Let him/her say the number sum first, for example: “2 plus 1 equals what?” to get used to mathematical terminology.
Place the pompoms in the right compartment by “picking the apples” with the tweezer, counting as he/she goes along.
Add all the apples together in the last compartment to get to the answer. Find the correct numbered apple as the answer.
Remember you can use this idea for addition or subtraction sums depending which skill your child needs to practice.
Working with the tweezers develops fine muscle strength in the fingers- an important skill for writing. (It can be replaced with a peg/clothespin if you do not have a tweezer at hand.)
Would your child enjoy this apple sums with felt and pompoms activity?
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