The start of the school year is the perfect time for some apple-themed learning activities!
This week we have been having fun with this simple apple-themed skip counting activity.
To create our apple manipulatives I used some of the plastic lids we’ve collected, selecting colors that are appropriate for apples.
Don’t have a big lid collection? You could also cut apples from cardstock. Draw simple circle apples and your child can even help cut them out for some built-in scissor practice!
I decided to make one set of apples to practice counting by 5’s up to 100 because both of mine worked on this last year. I simply wrote the numbers on the lids with a black permanent marker.
Of course, you could make a set to work on counting by 2’s, 10’s, or any other number as well. And, you don’t have to go all the way to 100, or you could make your set go further. Make the activity fit the needs of your individual child.
There are several activities we have done with our skip counting apples.
The first is pretty basic.
The kids took turns putting the numbers in order to practice skip counting by 5.
Next, I set up the numbers and removed some of the apples.
They had to tell me which number should go in the empty spot.
Finally, we used our plastic lids to practice skip counting backwards.
Want to make it more challenging?
You can throw in some random numbers that would not be used when counting by 5’s, such as “12.”
Add some movement to the activity by placing the “apples” around the house and have your child “pick them” in the correct order.
Use the apples to work on comparisons. On a white board draw a greater than/less than sign and have them choose two apples to put on the white board to make the greater than/less than statement true.
Like this idea?
You might want to check out our other apple-themed learning activities!