I found a cute apple and worm paper set at the local Dollar Tree store. I knew I’d make a game so children could have a fun way to practice position words.
So, I laminated all the apples and the worms so they will last a long long time.
Each child sets the apple in front of them. Do this at a table, on the floor, or put it in your bag the next time you need to spend time waiting with a child. Ask the child to put the worm “on top of” the apple. Picking up the worm, encourages the child to strengthen the grasp of their thumb and forefinger to coordinate their small motor muscles.
Ask the child (or each child if doing this with a group) to put their worm “under” the apple. Acknowledge the child’s accomplishment when completing this task. Each child listens and pays attention to know where to put the worm.
Each child places their worm beside the apple.
Continue with “under”, “over”, and maybe even “between” 2 apples!
Soon the children will want to choose where they want to place the worm. Encourage the child to say the position name when choosing where to place the worm. (If there’s no dollar store near you, cut out pictures of apples, draw an apple or use a real apple and yarn to represent a worm.
This little Apple and Worm With Position Words game can be used in group time, small group time, or kept in the Table Toys area for a child to choose to use doing play.