Looking for a hands-on way for little ones to work on 1-to-1 correspondence, matching and counting? Check out this fun, apple themed math grid game activity!
Grid games are a wonderful way for early learners to get some fun, hands-on, beginning math practice disguised as a game! (wink, wink) Grid games are a great way to focus on and improve 1-to-1 correspondence, matching, and counting! Plus, it can be an excellent addition to Fall and/or apple themed learning units!
In addition to the red apple grid game, I have created a multi-color apple grid game as well. It can be used to help early learners with color matching as well as 1-to-1 correspondence.
We played the game using our Education Cubes along with the coordinating apple insert cards. While using standard dice is possible with some of the game options, we preferred the soft, large Education Cubes because they were way more fun!
To play the red apple game, roll one cube/die and count the number of objects on the cube/die. Using counters of some sort, cover the same number of apples on the grid until it is full. Super simple, but my kids LOVED it!
To play the multi-color apple game, it is best to use the Education Cubes and apple insert cards. Fill the cube with two red, yellow, and green apple insert cards. Roll the cube and cover the same color apple on the game board. Continue until rolling and covering until all apples are covered. This is a great way for little ones to practice color matching.
I prefer to slide the game into a page protector (for longevity and reuse purposes) and use it on top of a magnetic cookie sheet. We would use our puff ball magnets as counters to cover the grid. This works well for younger children because you avoid having the counters accidentally slide around on the game board.
As another option, you could use dry erase markers and simply mark off the objects on the grid rather than using counters.
See a Grid Game in Action:
Want to see exactly how we used the grid games? Check out the photo of our Crown Grid Game to see one of our grid games in action!
This post was originally published on August 30, 2011.