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Finding Apples - Following Directions


Cut out apple shapes from red, green, and yellow construction paper. Place them at various spots in your classroom. Gather the children and let one or two at a time search for an apple. Give clues such as, "It is near our sink, but not in it." Or "Look high, look low, look near the science center when you go." Continue until everyone has had a turn to find an apple.

Use the same cut out apple shapes to help children practice listening skills and using location words. Give each child an apple shape and a set of oral directions: "Place your apple over something, under something, next to something," and so on. Continue until everyone has had a turn.




Sue LaBella, Education World's early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.


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