What You Need:
- Green construction paper
- Black marker
- Mini stapler
- Glue stick
What You Do:
- Help your child create her first tree by cutting a sheet of construction paper in half, then rolling one half until she has created a cone shape. Cut off the excess paper and staple it in place. Tape over the staples if necessary.
- Repeat this step to create 25 cone-shaped trees. Try to vary the sizes to create a visually fun "forest illusion," which can be enjoyed on any flat surface.
- Ask your child to fold a sheet of paper in half as many times as she can.
- Trace the base of the glue stick, or anything that is a small circle, on the top sheet of the folded paper.
- Cut out the circle from the paper while it's folded.
- Ask her to count how many circles she just made. Have her repeat this process until she has 25 circles total.
- Encourage her to number the circles from 1 to 25 using the marker.
- Glue one circle on the front of each tree and arrange the trees in ascending numerical order.
- Ask her to point to each tree while counting its number out loud.
Variation: To practice subtraction, ask her each day to figure out how many days are left until Santa arrives.
Note: These trees are great for honing sorting skills and mastering number order. They're also great for visually demonstrating beginning math operations.