- Subitising – rolling one or two dice and creating that number with play dough apples on the tree. Move the play dough apples around the tree to find different ways of presenting this number.
- Counting – rolling one or two dice and counting the number thrown, then re-creating this number again but this time as apples on the play dough tree mat. Children will count and re-count to make sure they have the correct number of apples as thrown on the dice.
- Addition – this can be done on one or two play dough tree mats. Throw one dice and create this number of play dough apples on the tree. Then roll the dice again and ‘add’ how many more apples to the tree. How many apples are in the tree?
- Subtraction – This is done a little different to the addition as it only uses 1 dice. Place 6 play dough apples on the tree and then throw one dice. Remove the number of play dough apples from the tree that is shown on the dice. How many play dough apples are left on the tree? For older children this can be done starting with 12 play dough apples on the tree and then subtracting the amounts shown on the two dice.
Apple Tree Play Dough Maths
Posted by January 9, 2013 9 Commentson
Apple Tree Play Dough Maths is a fun activity for encouraging early and basic maths skills using Apple Scented Play Dough and a set of dice. There are a number of ways these materials can be adapted for different age groups and abilities in areas of counting, subitising, numbers and basic addition and subtraction sums. What you will need? You will need Apple Scented Dough (click here for simple recipe), set of dice, and the Printable Apple Tree Play Dough Mat. You can download and print your own Apple Tree Play Dough Mat here: Printable Tree for Apple Dough Maths After printing the Printable Tree, you can either paint or colour it with crayons and when it is dry laminate or contact it to help make it last longer. Let’s Learn The apple scented play dough is used to create play dough apples which are placed on the tree depending on the maths activity that is being done. The Apple Tree Play Dough Maths can be used in a number of ways: