As I mentioned yesterday, I worked on my new felt pieces to go with the book 10 Apples Up On Top. It’s a good counting book and anything by Dr Seuss is good. Here’s what I made and the boys just love it. They really like anything that shows themselves at this stage.
-I took a full length horizontal picture of each boy
-I downloaded onto my computer
-I copied each picture into a powerpoint slide, horizontal page with picture resized to about 4″ person and I added an apple clipart image to the free space remaining then printed the page out in color
-I cut the pictures out, laminated the boys’ pictures and cut them out again
-I cut small strips of felt and used elmer’s glue to attach the felt strips to the back of the pictures
-I drew 20 apples on red felt, using the apple clipart cutout as my template
Whew, now that was done we could have some fun. I read the book 10 Apples Up On Top and had the boys add the corresponding apples on top of the “felt James” and “felt Lance.” We did this several times. This morning we read through the book and then we pulled out the felt pieces. This is a great way to work on addition and subtraction while just having fun. Any combination of numbers will work with this. Lance even decided that when he subtracts it’s fun to pretend to eat the apples.