Apple Fest 2012: A Leaf for Every Apple

The first thing that you will notice about these photographs is that the boys are wearing pajamas and the windows are black! My little men are early birds, often waking up before 6:00 AM! They skip into our bedroom before the sun rises, annoyingly perky, full of energy (oh, where does that energy come from?), and ready to play and learn.

This is why quiet morning activities are essential in our home. With one parent barely awake, dishing out Cheerios and fumbling with light switches, the other parent is still in bed clinging to sleep. Todd and I take turns getting up with the boys and grumble about whose turn it is every morning – even though we both already know!

Sometimes the night before, I will arrange a quiet activity on the table for the boys to do when they wake up – puzzles, a new coloring book – whatever it is, it’s just one of those things that makes life a little easier.

Today, the boys woke up to the “A Leaf for Every Apple” game, from The Mailbox Magazine.

It’s easy to play and reinforces letter recognition. Each apple has an uppercase letter written on it. Every leaf has a lower case letter. You simply need to match the pairs.

Oh, and there is a sneaky little worm that has munched on one of the apples. You have to match the worm to his special apple, so that he will not eat the others!

The game is a tad time consuming to make. You’ll need:

  • Plenty of red, green and yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Apple and worm patterns
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Clear contact paper, or access to a laminator (optional – but doing this will make your game last longer)
  • Something to store your game in

Once it’s made, it’s worth it! The boys enjoy the game and we have plans to loan it to Colin’s preschool for the other children to enjoy.

One thought on “Apple Fest 2012: A Leaf for Every Apple

  1. I love this idea! My children, as well, are early risers! Many, many days 5am wide awake, happy, smiley, ready to go…while I can barley open my eyes! Great read :).

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