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Easy Apple Tree Math Game

Easy Apple Tree Math Game

It's the start of another school year and I'm busily getting everything ready. I've made fresh batches of Play-dough, started my lesson planning and now I'm getting all the extra activities ready for our first week. Today I'm going to show you how to make a simple Apple Tree Math Game that you can use with your kiddos. 

Here is what you will need:

  • green construction paper or cardstock
  • red construction paper or cardstock
  • hole punch
  • glue
  • clothespins
  • permanent marker
  • laminator and lamination sheets (optional)

Grab your green construction paper or cardstock and cut out some tree top shapes. I recommend using cardstock if you aren't going to laminate them so they hold up a little better. They kind of look like green clouds to me.

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Next, grab your red construction paper and punch a bunch of holes in it to create your apples. You will need enough "apples" to fill numbers 1-12 (or how ever high you want to go). 

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When you have all your "apples" punched out you will then start gluing them onto their trees. The first tree will have just one "apple," the next tree will have two, then three and so on until you have the amount of trees you want. We went up to twelve because we are starting to do more with counting past ten.

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Here is what a completed apple tree top will look like.

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Once all of your tree tops have dried you can laminate them if you used construction paper. I tend to laminate most of the handmade manipulatives I make so we can use them again and again.

 All laminated and ready to go!

All laminated and ready to go!

Now grab your clothespins and write numbers one number on each clothespin 1-12 in permanent marker.

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Now you are ready to play! Have your child clip the correct numbered clothespin to the corresponding tree top that has that number of apples.

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As an added bonus these trees will stand up on their own. They may be a bit wobbily so you can always attach a small ball of play-dough on the bottom to help them stick to a table. That way they can double as a cute pretend play orchard!

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Enjoy your little apple trees!

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