Worksheets can be great for learning, but letting your child help you make their curriculum can be even better. We turned this into an art, math, and fine motor activity all in one to get the most out of it.
This Apple Math activity is perfect for fall or apple unit themed studies and can be adapted for toddlers to elementary aged children. We used things we already have on hand so it was also free and simple to put together, stick around and I will show you how we created ours and the different ways that it can be used.
We used our apple themed math activity to supplement the book Apple Picking Time, a simple level 1 reader.
Apple Themed Math Activity
You will need:
- a paper plate
- a paper bag
- green craft paint
- a paint brush
- green, yellow, red pompoms
- math dice
First let your little paint a paper plate green, this will be the leaves of your apple tree, while it is drying you can gather the rest of your materials.
When your plate is dry flip it over and tape a paper bag, folded in half, to the back for your trunk. If you only tape down on one side from the inside you can use the bag to store your pompoms between uses.
Flip your tree back over and add whatever operation you are working on, or add all of them up and down the tree trunk with a marker.
Now all you need is a set of dice with numbers and red, green, and yellow pompoms for the apples. I recommend that you invest in a set of these dice with numbers written on them as they are a great tool that can be used in many ways with a wide range of ages to teach simple math concepts.
Once you are done with the artwork there are several ways you can use your Apple Tree Math Activity…
For your littlest learners you can just let them play and explore the apple tree. As they play point out the colors, sort them, and help them count how many.
For older children use the math dice to create a math problem, for instance your child rolls a 4 and a 2, they use the pompom “apples” to figure out the answer.
For children that are even more advanced add the operation dice and they can add, subtract, multiply, and divide. You can even use the “apples” on the tree to represent fractions, for example place 4 apples on the tree and ask your child to identify half.