Taking a look at the Apple Size Sequence file folder game.
The main skill this game will address is that of putting the same image in sequential order from smallest to largest or largest to smallest. Add complexity by adding sets of apples in different colors. Students will then also be able to group similarly sized apples of different colors.
As your students progress in knowledge you can easily adapt this game by simply adding a die and a dry erase marker or crayon. Roll the die. Count that many apples in one color. Roll the die again. Count that many apples in another color. Write the equation and add the numbers. This game has now gone from size sorting to adding with simply adding two small items.
Using this same concept you can take it one step further and work on additional mathematical skills. Let's take a look at how we practiced some multiplication with this same game.
I set out three apples, a die and a dry erase marker.
We were going to be working on 3 groups multiplication (the 3x facts). I had her roll the die and put that many seeds on each of the 3 apples. Then write the equation.
After she figured out the equation she rolled again. Putting the number of seeds on the apple and repeating the process.
Simply add an apple to work on a different number of groups (2 apples would be the 2x table, 6 apples would be the 6x table and so on). Add another die to work on factors up to 12.
This game is simple in design to make differentiation simple. Learning advanced skills can still be fun. When you incorporate play and games into their learning, they will want to engage. Play-based learning does not have to stop with early education.