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Young learners will have fun practicing their counting skills with this free activity featuring Johnny Appleseed for preschool.
Can you believe we’re already talking about autumn and back-to-school preschool activities? I can’t!
It seems this summer has flown by. Maybe, it’s because I’ve spent most of it indoors with a broken ankle.
I may not have enjoyed much of the summer sunshine this summer, but I have spent a lot of time thinking of fun activities to do with our preschoolers.
And, as we head straight into a brand new school year, I’ve got quite a few autumn activities featuring Johnny Appleseed.
As you gear up for a brand new homeschool preschool year, don’t miss this fun counting game. It’s a great way to have little ones work on fine motor skills as they gain confidence in their counting skills. All with a fun Johnny Appleseed for preschool theme!
Counting with Johnny Appleseed for Preschool
Today, I have a fun counting mat for your preschoolers. Just print it, laminate it, and you’re all set for a fun counting activity.
Fill a small bowl or ramekin with black beans. These will be your “apple seeds” for this activity. If you don’t have black beans on hand, you can use black playdough, small black buttons, or actual apple seeds.
Have your child roll the dice (choose 1 for counting to 6 or two for counting to 12). Count the dots on the dice. Count out the correct number of “seeds” and place them inside the apple.
To increase the focus on fine motor skills, you can have your child use tongs or tweezers to transfer the apple seeds from the bowl to the counting mat.
Books About Johnny Appleseed
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about Johnny Appleseed. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman – With one small seed every day, what good will you plant in the world? Johnny Appleseed—an American folk hero—changed our nation seed by seed, deed by deed.
Johnny Appleseed – This beautifully illustrated retelling shows how Johnny Appleseed bloomed from a young boy who loved the outdoors into the legendary man who spread apple trees all across the United States. Showing small acts of generosity and the love of nature can make a big difference, this book is sure to inspire the budding little Johnny Appleseed in every reader.
My Little Golden Book About Johnny Appleseed – In this simple yet lively book, preschoolers will be introduced to John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Lyrical text and bright, appealing artwork capture the essence of this important American.