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Bring the story to life when you add these Ten Apples Up on Top to your early learning math centers. Counting to ten has never been so fun!
I have yet to meet a child who could resist a funny Dr. Seuss book! The silly rhymes and whimsical illustrations capture kids from page one. Ten Apples Up on Top is no exception.
The apple theme makes this book perfect for autumn and back to school. Be sure to check out all the fun math activities you can do alongside this story, and choose one or more to do with your young learners.
In Ten Apples Up on Top, three friends balance counting and fun as they each do different things while balancing apples on their heads.
Kids are going to love following the antics of these friends, and they’ll enjoy all of the hands-on math activities I’ve designed to go along with this book.
Ten Apples Up On Top Math
I polled my Facebook group a few weeks ago about whether they preferred color graphics or black and white on the printables I create. The majority said they preferred black and white, but quite a few said they want color. So, this packet has both!
This is such a fun activity for preschoolers. Children will choose a number card, and then stack the same number of apples up on top. Just like in the story. There are cards for each number 1-10. Kids can stack the apples in a line as in the picture below, or they can make a vertical tower of apples. It’s all up to them.
How Many Apples Up On Top?
A variety of animals balance animals on their heads. Children will count each stack of apples and write the correct number on the line. Then, the color the stack with the most. You can also discuss least, more than, and less than with this page.
Apple Sorting Page
Kids will cut out the apples and sort them according to size. Let the kids cut out the apples themselves for some fine motor scissor practice.
This is a great pattern practice activity. Kids will also work on recognizing color words. They can use crayons or dot markers to complete the patterns. You can also laminate the page and let kids use playdough to make their patterns.
Apple Seed Counting
Laminate the apple cards. Have your preschooler identify the number on the card. Then, use black beans, chocolate chips, or mini pom-poms to add seeds to each apple.
These math activities will help you take Ten Apples Up On Top to the next level when you extend the learning.
I recommend these manipulatives to help you set up these math activities:
Download the Ten Apples Up On Top Math Pack.
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