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Acorns and Pinecones

Gather ten acorns and ten pinecones at the park. Ask your child which has more, and match each pinecone to an acorn to prove they are equal.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read the book, “Acorns Everywhere” by Kevin Sherry.

    -Estimate how many acorns it would take to measure the length of a pinecone. Try it out! How many acorns will it take to equal two pinecones?

Adjust for an older child

Include another item to compare to the pinecones and acorns, such as leaves. Children are often amazed that something in a small pile (such as leaves or acorns) can have the same number of items as something in a big pile (such as the pinecones). Experiences like this will help them grasp this concept.

Adjust for a younger child

This concept might be too difficult for young children. Instead, collect acorns at your local park and count them together. You can help your child “keep track” while counting the acorns by removing an acorn once it is counted. This will prevent counting in circles.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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