Do your preschoolers love to play school at the moment? Mine do and I’m jumping on their enthusiasm for learning. This simple activity encourages the use of natural materials that will engage your child, yet teach them some important number foundations before they get to school.
This tree printable should be used with a variety of natural items from nature. It’s a fun resource to get children counting, estimating and understanding math language like ‘if we add’, ‘if we take one away’, ‘how many are there?”
Children will enjoy the variety of natural materials they can put on the tree and will love counting them as they are placed on the leaves.
Download the Tree Printable
* Please don’t laminate this printable. Instead, stick the printable to a piece of cardboard. It works just as well and lasts as long as you’ll probably need it. I’ve mentioned why I don’t like laminating in this post.
- seed pods
If you can think of more natural materials I can add to this list, please let me know.
I love simple activities like this that provide good quality, engaging and educational fun for my children. I’m getting quite a collection of activities that include learning with natural materials. I can’t wait to think up more resources that will keep my children engaged in playing school and learning numbers.