As I've said several times on this blog, I like to have some seasonal games on my shelves that can be played by more than one child. Many times young children want to do something with a friend and many of the traditional Montessori materials are geared for independent work for only one child at a time. I do feel it's very important for each child to have a balance of individual and "friend" activities during their work period. On my math shelf this week is a new game that can easily be played by just one child or by two children.
I found and printed this Roll A Fall Tree game from Play2LearnPrintables. I laminated the dice directions card. I used their tree to make a template that I traced onto brown craft foam and that's how I constructed the tree. I already had a bunch of small colored fall leaves that were laminated, so I used those instead of the ones available for download. Small craft foam leaves would also work great. Below you can see how I set the activity up on the shelf........just a tray with the dice direction card, foam tree, dish of leaves and dish with a die.
To play the child must roll a "6" to get the tree. Then they add colored leaves as directed by future rolls of the die. In my little yellow dish I only put 2 of each color of leaf. As you can see below I rolled a "1" which allowed me to add 2 green leaves to the tree.
Here is what the tree would look like when full of leaves. As I said above, a child could very well do this work alone. However, if they choose to, they could take turns rolling the die with a friend and adding the colors of leaves to their tree.