Not only is this colorful fruit counter set just right for early math skills such as counting, sorting and making patterns, but they’re also teeming with imaginative play possibilities. Soft rubber counters wipe clean. Set features 6 common fruits in 5 colors. Largest fruit (banana) measures 2-1/2”L. Includes a plastic storage bucket & Activity Guide. See activity ideas below.
WARNING: Choking Hazard – Small parts
Develop concepts of matching, counting, sorting, and patterning
Soft rubber wipes clean
Six each: red strawberries, purple grapes, yellow bananas, yellow lemons, orange, green apple
Set of 108 pieces
Includes storage bucket and activity guide
Sort-a-Fruit- Sort the fruits into six sets: bananas, oranges, apples, grapes, lemons, and strawberries. Discuss colors and count the number of red fruits, purple fruits, etc. For young children, start with just a few of each fruit so the task is not too big.
My Favorite Fruit!- Use the fruits to encourage conversation and enrich language activities. Ask children to show you their favorite fruit. Do they drink the juice? Do they eat it on cereal? How do they eat their favorite fruit? Is their favorite fruit sweet? Sour? Crisp? Crunchy? Soft? Juicy? Discuss where and how the fruits grow. For more fruity fun, you may want to have a sample of actual fruits so that children can use all five senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) to describe the real thing.
Count 'em Up!- Make a set of cards numbered l to 9. Ask children to place the correct number of fruits on each card. For this activity, the type of fruit does not matter.
More or Less- Ask children to compare two different groups of fruits. For example, have youngsters place four apples in one line and three lemons in another. Ask, “Which line has more? How can you tell?” Children can, of course, count the fruits in each line or look and compare the length of the line.
Do You Remember?- Make a line of fruits, one of each kind. Have children study the fruits for a few moments. While their eyes are closed, remove one of the fruits, leaving the others in place. Ask them to open their eyes and tell you which one is missing. Let each child have a turn setting up the fruits so you can try too!
Once Upon a Time...- Fruits are perfect for early story problems. For example: “Four apples are growing on the tree. Tommy picked one apple for himself and one apple for Jimmy. How many apples are left on the tree? How many apples did Tommy pick?”
Guess How Many- Ask children, “How many fruits do you think you can hold in one hand?” Record the answer. Then, see how many they can actually hold in one hand. Compare the numbers. Use . Repeat this game using two fewer and more the words hands.
Hide and Seek- Hide some fruits around the room. Have the child find them. Tell the child the number of fruits you have hidden. Give verbal instructions about the fruit’s location, so the child is listening as well as looking. For example, “Look behind the chair.”