Citrus Tree Counting Cards
How we did it:
- hand-drawn tree template (however many you'd like)
- construction paper (same amount as trees)
- glue stick
- white glue
First, I assembled all of our supplies. Since there are a number of steps to this project, I knew my active three-year-old wasn't going to have the patience to sit through the entire activity, so I enlisted the help of his six-year-old sister. She loves to help make things for her brothers and hasn't met a craft that she could resist. Win-win.
I gave the tree outlines to the kids, along with a jar full of markers. As predicted, my daughter loved coloring in the trees and my three-year-old son only was interested in coloring one tree. Not a problem. The six-year-old had him covered. She loved coloring the trees.
It's fall here and we don't live in a place where citrus trees grow so she colored some of her trees in fall colors. That just added to the colorfulness of the project.
Next, my daughter cut out all the trees, trimming the excess paper off.
Using a glue stick, she attached them to one of the sheets of card stock.
I used a gray marker to write numbers on each piece of card stock. I wanted to write the numbers clearly so that my three-year-old could trace them. Gray marker is easy to trace, but not too dark so that kids can see what they've traced.
Now it was time for the three-year-old to really have some fun. I saved the container of pompoms as a surprise for this step. I poured some liquid glue into the lid of the container so that he could dip the pompoms in easily. He had to count the number of pompoms to coincide with the number on the card, glue the pompom to the card, then trace the number with a pencil. The orange pompoms were for orange trees, green for lime, and yellow for lemon.
We began with 6 cards and hope to add more. You can do whichever numbers your child is currently learning: one through twelve, teens, twenties, etc. We now have the cards displayed on the wall in our kitchen at three-year-old eye level. He loves to stop and count the fruit and remind us that, "I made those!"