When playing with this material, children develop concepts in quantity recognition, more-than and less-than relationships, simple combinations of numbers, as well as fundamentals of addition and subtraction. The game has different levels of complexity, making it possible for the children to develop skills in a series of steps. The Apple Tree Game can be played by two or more players.
The simplest game begins by placing all the apples on the tree. Each player takes turns throwing a die and removing the required number of apples from the tree, until all apples are removed.
Alternatively the apples can be divided evenly among the players, then each player take turns (with 1 or 2 dice depending on the ability of the children) to see who can get all their apples on the tree first.