Today my friend Yuliya from Welcome to Mommyhood is guest posting on Sugar, Spice & Glitter to share her awesome Apple Number Cards – which are a fun Montessori way to get kids practicing one-to-one correspondence.
We’re also linking up with a bunch of other awesome Montessori bloggers who are sharing some fun, fall Montessori activities to get you inspired for a season full of hands-on learning with your kids.
With fall right around the corner, we love adding a few apple inspired activities to our shelves! Even for younger kids, a few fun apple themed activities are perfect for this time of year! Today, I’m so excited to be sharing some adorable apple themed number cards that can be used in multiple ways to help toddlers or preschoolers recognize numbers, practice one to one correspondence, or even introduce skip counting.
We love using number cards for practicing and reinforcing counting for Y. In fact, cards like these alongside a hands on component, such as using a manipulative, really helped him to learn one to one correspondence and number quantities.
What is one to one correspondence?
I created these specific cards to be versatile in use, but the main idea behind them was to use them for one to one correspondence activities. One to one correspondence is basically a ‘fancy’ way to say that, for example, two apples means two of something.
When children learn number order and the symbols, it is very important that they also learn to recognize how much a number represents.
How to use these Apple Number Cards
- Print the free apple number cards available below
- Optional: Laminate for additional durability
- Gather the corresponding quantity of manipulatives so that one manipulative can be placed on each apple (the cards available here go from 0-9)
- Present the cards and manipulatives on a tray*
*For the presentation, we tend to use a Montessori inspired approach. This means that our materials are presented tidily on a tray, and all of the objects are in a bowl or on a plate to prevent them from moving around on the tray.
Also, keep in mind that if your child is just learning number quantities and number order, you may not want to present all of the number cards at one time. We started off working on numbers 1-3, then 0-5, and then 0-9.
Your child should then place the number cards in order. Afterwards, they can place one of each manipulative onto each image of an apple on each card, counting as they go.
You can also use these cards to reinforce skip counting to your child. You can do this simply by presenting only the cards needed to count by 2s or 3s. Then, ask them to do so.
The same idea can be used to reinforce the concept of odd or even.
Really, these cards are quite versatile and can be used in a variety of ways depending on the needs of your child.
And be sure to pin this post for later reference!
For more fun fall Montessori activities, check out these posts from my fellow Montessori moms:
30+ Amazing Montessori Fall Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten | Natural Beach Living
Fall Printables for Kids – Montessori-Inspired Handwriting Pages | The Natural Homeschool
The Ultimate Guide to Montessori-Inspired Leaf Resources and Activities | Living Montessori Now
DIY Felt Pumpkin Parts and Life-Cycle with Printables | Mama’s Happy Hive
Montessori Family Fall Bucket List | The Kavanaugh Report
Oak Tree Life Cycle | Welcome to Mommyhood