This Ten Apples Up on Top counting activity is so much fun! It combines literacy, math and fine motor skills practice, so it is full of learning opportunities.
My son has really been interested in doing activities that go along with books. He enjoys bringing a book to life with a fun activity. He had a blast with this Hop On Pop Rhyming Activity last week. This week we continued with Dr. Seuss and did this fun counting activity to go with the book Ten Apples Up on Top.
While participating with this book extension activity, children will practice counting to ten, identifying numbers, and ordering numbers all the while developing fine motor skills.
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At first I was going to do this with Velcro, but then I remembered this neat There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly activity from my friend Clarissa at Munchkins and Moms. Her activity uses clothes pins instead of Velcro and I knew that would be an even better way to add some fine motor practice to the activity.
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- 10 Apples Up on Top Printable
- A paint stick
- 11 clothespins
- A picture of your child
- Card stock (optional)
Setting Up the Ten Apples Up On Top Extension Activity
1. Print out the printable and cut out the apples. I printed mine on card stock for more durability.
2. Print out a small picture of your child/children. I printed at the size smaller than wallet. In my program is it is contact size. I cut it down a bit too.
3. Glue the picture to the end of one clothespin and glue one apple to each of the remaining clothespins.
4. Once the glue is dry you are ready to go!
Ten Apples Up On Top Counting Activity
I started by reading the book to Evan. He loved it and thought the pictures were so funny. Then I told him we were going to put ten apples on top of his head. He thought I meant real apples and got a real kick out of that.
That’s when I took out the paint stick and showed him the clothespins with his apples and the clothespin with his picture on it. He thought it was so funny and was super excited to get started.
He started by putting the picture of him at the bottom of the paint stick. Then he started adding apples to the top of his head. I wasn’t sure if he would be able to put them in number order and was pleasantly surprised when he did it with no help from me. He was able to identify which number comes next and then find the clothespin with that number on it.
For younger kids, you can just have them add the apples to the top of their head and not worry about getting the order right. Then you can work on counting the apples as well.
If you want to do this in a classroom, you could make one picture clothespin for each kid in your class and one set of 10 apple clothespins. Then you could leave it in your math center or let the kids take turns coming up and adding apples to the top of their own head.
I love that Evan also got tons of fine motor practice with this math and literacy activity. It was jam packed with learning opportunities and was great fun at the same time!
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