With much drama and excitement, I told the children that I had something very special to show them. They were a bit perplexed (as I anticipated they would be) when I produced a plain, medium sized wooden dowel. "Hmm... it's missing something!" I said while a dozen pairs of amused eyes looked on. Then out of nowhere, (well, really just in my other hand) I brought their attention to an extra special apple-eraser pencil top - the kind we use in the Apple Picking Math game. This was enthusiastically placed on the tip of the dowel. "Now, we have our very own Apple Stick!" I told the children, and we were ready to begin our game.
|The now legendary Apple Stick.|
We carefully placed our new "Apple Stick" on a small mat in the center of the circle. Then, one at a time, we took turns jumping over it while I chanted/sang, "(child's name) be nimble, (child's name) be quick! (child's name) jump over the apple stick!" We repeated this several times so that each child had the same amount of turns. By the last round, the children were joining me in chanting each child's name!