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There are many things that can signal the arrival of fall.
From ripening apples and bright orange pumpkins to the changing of the leaves on the trees.
They all let you know that the end of Summer has come and fall has finally arrived.
Another sure-fire indicator that we’re heading into this cooler season?
As they start to fall from the trees in late September and early October, they take with them the last of the summer season and this year, we’ve decided to incorporate them into our learning as they’re absolutely perfect for practicing beginning addition.
Not only are the great for practicing a basic math concept like addition, but they also fit pretty perfectly into a fun file folder game as well! With this, you can use them in your home or classroom or take them on the go with you! Just use some clear packing tape to attach a small plastic baggie to the back of the folder to hold the pieces until you’re ready to play!
Assembling the Acorn Addition Game
This fun addition game consists of matching the pieces of an acorn puzzle together to solve some basic math problems.
To make your own, you’ll need:
- A manila file folder
- Clear contact paper
- Laminator (optional, but highly recommended)
- The printable acorn addition puzzles (below)
- Velcro dots
Start by cutting out the various acorn puzzle pieces.
Cut the puzzles in half so that the top half includes the equation and the bottom half includes the answer.
Run the answer pieces through your laminator so that they’ll hold up for a while and use your clear contact paper to attach not only the cover of your game to the front of your folder but also the top half of your acorn puzzles to the inside flaps.
When the pieces are all ready, stick some Velcro dots to the folder underneath each of the top puzzle pieces and attach the opposite Velcro dots to the backs of each of the bottom pieces.
Using the Acorn Addition Game
When your game is all put together and ready for play, have your child complete each of the addition equations (this game includes sums to 10) and then finish the puzzle with the correct answer piece.
Don’t worry if your child needs to use their fingers to complete each of these math problems!
When they are first learning to add it is only natural that they choose to use their own built-in math manipulatives. They’ll have these sums to 10 mastered in no time!