The ability to count rationally is the foundation of higher-level thinking and problem-solving. When young children first begin counting from 1 to 10 (or even 20), it first starts out as rote counting (memorized in a given sequence). Number sense is the ability to recognize that numbers represent a quantity and that numbers occur in sequential order.
The Apple Tree Counting Activity learning mat provides children with open-ended fun and limitless possibilities.
- Learn one-to-one recognition, which is the ability to recognize that a numerical value can be represented in with physical quantities. Each basket card has the number form of the number as well as the same quantity of apples in the basket.
- Strengthen fine motor skills using the included clothespin to grasp the “apple” pom poms and place it on the learning mat.
- Introduce problem-solving concepts such as addition and subtraction of apples.
- The waterproof and reusable learning mat can be used with other materials at home such as play dough.