The oak trees near us are full of acorns this year – an interesting fact is that this is called a mast and happens every few years and it appears that this year is one! So for this week’s theme for Virtual Book Club for Kids Acorns and Squirrels seems to be a perfect for this time of the year. Whereas a lot of focus in Numeracy in the early years can be directed towards numbers it’s really important that areas like measuring and geometry are also introduced. In this hands-on activity with our downloadable resource to use you can work on some aspects of language as well as ordering and sorting.

Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

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Ordering and Sorting of Acorns

For toddlers and preschoolers we need to work on the language of maths, as well as the concept so here we will be using Big, Bigger, Biggest, Small, Smaller, Smallest as well as linking those with objects.

We are lucky our neighbour has a large oak tree in their back garden so I asked for a bag of acorns and he was happy to provide. However, if you aren’t lucky to find them or it’s not a mast year and they are in short supply I have also provided you with downloadable acorn sheets for you to use with your children in this activity.

Materials needed for ordering and sorting acorns

A bag of acrons

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How to set up this Acorn Maths Centre Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Either place a selection of different sized acorns on the table or the acorns that you have cut out.

Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

Start by working with your child to order the acorns from smallest to biggest.Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

As you do take the time to question them about the different sizes – place them side by side and ask questions like

Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

  • Which acorn is bigger?
  • Which acorn is the smaller?
  • Where should this acorn go – next to the biggest one? Next to the smallest one?

Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

Once you have the acorns in order go through asking your child to point to a big acorn, the biggest acorn, the smallest acorn.

Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

Simple math centre activity using real acorns or download the acorn printable and work on size ordering and sorting with this favourite autumn activity.

Once things are in order – now sort out the acorns into Big Acorns, Small Acorns and Medium-sized acorns.

Use these Acorn and Squirrel Clip Cards to Work on Number Recognition and Counting and our Acorn Arrays to work on the basis of multiplication and times tables.

Virtual Book Club for Kids Featured Book for Acorn and Squirrel Week.

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This week’s featured book for The Virtual Book Club for Kids is Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. With cute illustrations and is a great one for using for more than the squirrel and acorns theme. It is also great for use with children that are anxious or worried about things.

More Scaredy Squirrel Activities on Rainy Day Mum

More Acorn and Squirrel Themed Activities

The Virtual Book Club for Kids Co-ordinators and co-hosts share themed activities every Monday with you covering all areas of skill and development for toddlers and preschoolers. Check out this week’s posts for more ideas and inspiration.

Acorn Ramp Play for Toddlers- Toddler Approved

Acorn Sharing Game – Witty Hoots

Counting Acorns Preschool Printables-The Moments at Home

Squirrel and Acorn Ten Frame Printables and Activities by JDaniel4’s Mom

Acorn Fine Motor and Counting – Views From a Step Stool

DIY Song Cube with Fall Song Printable from My Storytime Corner

Acorn Discovery Table – Inspiration Laboratories

Acorn Color Sort- Teach Beside Me

Acorn Art – Messy Little Monster

Help the squirrel find his acorn – Mama Smiles

Squirrel Brain Breaks- The OT Toolbox

Squirrel Action Rhyme – Preschool Powol Packets

Find the Acorns Printable Sight Word Game – Artsy Momma

Acorn Ordering and Sorting – YOU ARE HERE

Making Shapes With Acorns – To Be A Kid Again

Acorn Alphabet – The Educators’ Spin On It

Fall Sensory Bin Acorns & Squirrels Color Picture Match- Sea of Knowledge


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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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