Apples Math Ideas
How Many Apples?
Have the children guess how many apples are in
your basket, then
count the apples as a group to see who had the closest guess.
Counting Apples on a Flannel Apple Tree
Make a large
flannel apple tree. Follow directions given at Sharing Time and
make several different colored apples. Let children count the number of
apples on the tree or let them name the colors.
How Many Seeds?
Hold up an apple and ask the children to predict
the number of seeds that will be found inside.
Cut the apple open and
count the seeds with the children. Have them compare the number
with their predictions. Try the experiment with another apple. Does
it have the same
number of seeds as the first one? Try the same experiment
using a different colored apple.
Children can help you sort apples by type, color
or size. Make a class graph using different
colored apple cut-outs to represent
the apples you have. Children can count to see which
has more, which has least
and which have the same amount.
Apple Roll Chant
Five little apples in the bowl, (hold
up five fingers)
One fell out and started to roll. (rotate fists.)
It bumped the table and hit my feet, (clap hands)
How many apples left to eat? (wave fists in the
Give each child one half of an apple. Next each
child can find the partner who has the matching half.
Once children have
found their partner, have them sit together and dig the seeds out. They can put
their seeds together and count how many there are, OR, older children can keep
their piles separate
and make math sentences telling about the seeds in
their apple (for example, 3 seeds + 2 seeds = 5 seeds.)
Apple Tasting Party
Have an Apple Tasting party, providing children
with apples in the following forms: whole raw apples,
apple sauce (you can make
homemade applesauce as a group! See recipe on recipe page), apple pie,
juice. Each child can try each item, then....Make a large class graph entitled
"How Do You
Like Your Apples?" Title each column with a word and draw
a corresponding picture such as: Raw,
Sauce, Pie, Juice etc. Children can come
up to the graph one at a time and put their name tag in
the column they choose. Have a discussion to determine which column has
the most, least, same.
Ten Apples On Top
Read the book, "Ten Apples Up on Top"
by Dr. Seuss. Have children draw a picture of themselves.
Then they can glue
apple cut-outs on top of their heads, (the ones they've drawn!). Have each child
count the apples on their picture for you, and write (or have them write) the
number on the page.
You can bind each child's picture to make a class book and
give each child a turn to take it home.
This is a fun activity that encourages
them to count the apples on each page!
Sensory Counting Box
Review numbers during circle time with this super
sensory idea. Create a counting box
by filling a small plastic tub with a
sensory material, such as rice, sand, or dried beans.
Each day, bury a
specific number of mini apple erasers in the tub. Write the corresponding
numeral and draw a matching set of dots on a small dry-erase board. Place
the board near the tub.
Ask a volunteer to identify the numeral on the
board; then have him/her find the corresponding
number of erasers. After
completing the activity at circle time, hide the erasers again
and make the box
and board available at your sensory center during free play.
Where's That Worm?
Combine rhyme and numbers in this seasonal group
activity. To prepare, cut ten apple
shapes from red construction
paper. Label each apple with a numeral from 1 to 10. Tape
stick handle to each apple. Then tape a two inch long piece of green pipe
(a worm) to the back of one apple. At circle time, have ten
children stand in front of the
class and give each one an apple cutout.
Have students recite the following poem; then
have a child try to find the worm
by naming a numbered apple. Direct the child holding that
apple to answer
yes or no and show the back of it. Continue the activity until a child
finds the worm. Then collect the apples, move the worm, and play again.
Ten red apples growing on a tree-
Five for you and five for me.
There's one little worm that you can't see.
Where, oh, where can that little worm be?
Draw a tree shape on 5 sheets of paper. Write a number from 1 to 5 under
Cut 15 apple shapes from red construction paper. Children identify the numbers
below the trees and place the corresponding number of
apples on them.
Set out corks and shallow containers filled with
red tempera paint. Give each child an
apple tree shape cut out of
construction paper. Let the children use the round ends of the
print "apples" on their tree shapes. After the paint has dried,
use the prints for counting.
Cut out construction paper apples of various sizes and colors and have
the children sort them.
Patterning with Apples
Children make patterns with die cut or real red, green, and yellow apples.
Children color, cut out and glue on to construction paper strips
of the sequence of eating an apple.
Copy a paper that has three apples on it, first a whole apple, then one with a bite out of it, then just
core. Have the kids color it, cut out the apples then glue on the strip of construction paper.
More Apple Graphing
Ask each child to bring an apple to school, but don't specify what kind or color.
Graph the apples by color, using diecut apples on the graph (as mentioned
For older children, write sentences about your graph, telling how many of each color,
and which color has the most, the least, fewer, greater, more than and less than.
Apple Tasting Graph
Have an apple tasting, and graph each child's favorite color apple.
Apple Counting Game
Glue a felt tree shape to each of five cardboard
squares. Write a number from 1 to 5 under
each tree. Cut fifteen
apple shapes out of felt. To play the game have the children take turns
identifying the numbers below and placing the corresponding number of apples on
Apple Counting Book
Cut a apple in half, paint with red paint STAMP on one and write the
word ONE on the first piece of paper
next page STAMP 2 apples and write TWO ETC. till you have 10
pages you have just made an
APPLE COUNTING BOOK
Real apples or pictures of apples of different sizes.
Have the children line the apples in a row from largest to
smallest or from smallest to largest.
For younger children start with 3 apples, challenge older
students with more apples
Real apples (I use different color/type apples) and knife (used
by adult only)
Graph with each child's name at the top and approx. 10 rows
going down, crayons
(I use a different color crayon for each child) Cut an apple open for each
have them dig the seeds out, count them and color the number rows as the
seeds they have. Have the children compare who had the most seeds, who had
least amount of seeds. Did anyone have the same number of seeds. Then look
and compare the results for just yellow apples, red apples and green
prints with the numbers, they connected the dots to form a number,
then glue each
number apple on a color paper, glue apple die cuts on the colored paper under the
I cut out
about 10 apples each of red, green and yellow. I use construction paper and the
Ellison machine to make it easy. I proceed to cut the leaf off some, the
stem off others and
a bite out of some. I use these for patterning, color recognition,
sorting by color and/or feature and, if you add dice, you have a simple
(just have them roll and take that many apples from the pile).
the size of apples: Large, Medium and Small
Using a balance
scale weigh apples against blocks or something.
Then ask the children how you could let some juice out. Bring it around
to peeling the apple, I use my peeler and measure the strip, so some of
the juice will evaporate.
Before peeling have the children brainstorm what will happen when the apple is
Will it weigh less? What will happen if we leave it for several days?
After peeling reweigh, take out some blocks so it's even. Then leave alone.
Have the children observe and make note of changes.
The apples will lose weight by end of day.
Draw a large
apple print on poster board. Cut a real apple in 1/2 and ask each child to guess
apple prints it will take to go around the outside (perimeter) of the
apple. Write their estimations on apple
shaped paper and compare to actual number it takes with the children
taking turns doing the prints. Next
have them guess how many prints it will take to fill the inside of the
apple and let them help with the printing!
vs. Apple Cider
You can have
your class taste the difference between apple juice and apple cider.
After they have sampled it, you can make a graph of which drink each child
story Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg (Random House, Inc).
This wild, rhyming story about critters that balance apples on their heads
will have your students
in stitches! After reading the story, create a class book your youngsters
will want to read again and again.
page, you'll need a 7 1/4" x 28" piece of poster board (a standard sheet cut
lengthwise into thirds).
To prepare the book, program each page with a head and shoulders photo of
a student in the class.
Then duplicate and cut out a large supply of construction paper apples.
Assign each child a number
beginning with one and going as high as the number of students in your
class. (For a fun way to assign
the numbers write them on slips and have each student draw from an apple
then completes his page by counting out the assigned number of apple cutouts and
them to his page above the photo. Assist each child in writing his name
and the correct number on the
bottom along with the phrase: "________ has ______ apples up on top." If
the children are able, have
them number the apples as well. Print the title "We Have Apples Up on Top"
on a cover. Punch two
holes in the top of each page, place them in numerical order and bind the
book with metal key rings.
estimate how many seeds are in an apple and how many
marbles are in a clear job. Which is easier to estimate and why?
circumference of different sized apples. Line up the apples from largest to
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