Will the red, green, or yellow apple reach the top first?! This playful apple race math game has kids graphing, counting and comparing – important early math skills. It’s perfect to use as a math station, homeschool activity or morning work.
If you’re looking for more ideas to add to your math station, check out our Number Formation Pack in our shop!
To prepare this game, I first printed the game board (found at the end of this post) on cardstock. I chose to laminate the game board for durability and easy reuse, however I could have also put the game board in a plastic page protector.
Then I grabbed a pencil and paper clip to use for our apple spinner and red, green, and yellow pom poms to use as manipulatives. A dry erase marker, dry erase crayon, or other math manipulative are a great alternative.
To play Apple Race, kids put the point of their pencil on the center of the apple spinner, inside the paper clip. They flicked the clip with their fingers to make it spin and marked the corresponding apple color on their graph.
Kids continued spinning until one color reached the top of their graph first.
I just loved that there were so many opportunities for kids to talk about math while playing this game. Some of the ways students discussed math while playing Apple Race included:
- Counting the number of each color apple marked on the graph.
- Comparing apple colors by telling which color was greater than, less than, or equal.
- Counting and telling how many were needed to reach the top.
Cleaning up this game was super easy because we just cleared the pom poms off the game board and played again!
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