Crisp cool mornings followed by warm afternoons mean that fall is on the way. Bring on the bushel of apples for lots of autumn learning. And, pull out the beloved Ten Red Apples and practice counting and reading. These number word book activities are easy and engaging.
The Book: Ten Red Apples
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Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins is a fun story about an apple tree full of fruit. But, one by one the animals and the farmer come to take an apple off the tree. Will there be enough for the farmer’s wife?
For more apple books, check out our Apple Books for Preschoolers book list.
The Activities: Number Words
Materials Needed: free printable (see below), crayons, a small basket or container, stapler
Purpose: Kids will identify number words and match them to the words to numerals.
Activity 1: The Apple Tree
This activity can be used as a sit and learn activity or as a movement activity. I prefer the movement version because learning is increased with movement.
Hang the apple tree printable on the board or wall. Cut out the number word apples and place them in a small basket or container at the opposite end of the room.
Have a child travel to the “bushel” of apples and remove one apple. The child returns to the tree and matches the number word to the correct number on the tree. A small piece of tape or a magnet if using a magnetic surface can be used to attach the apples to the trees.
You could also use this activity in a math center.
Activity 2: Count the Apples
Kids can make their own apple book to help them learn number words. Just print out the free printable below, cut apart, and staple together to bind for each student.
The kids count the number of apples on each page. The number word on each page matches the number of apples. Have the children then color each number word on the page or trace the letters with a crayon. Finally, they can “read” their book.
Ten Red Apples Printable Activities
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Don’t let the apple learning end. Try our All Around the Apple Farm Tree Song and Rhyming Activity.
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