Every year I always look forward to the beginning of the school year and teaching one of my favorite themes ... apples. I've linked up some of our past apple activities below:
The free membership printable this week is apple number punch strips for number recognition and fine motor development. The patterns can be printed on either regular or cardstock paper and I have included them in both black and white as well as color.
In this activity children punch the numbers on the strip that match the numbers on the apple. Children can use plastic paper clips and slide them on the strips instead of using a whole punch. The strips can also be used with hots dots.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday September 22nd ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the apple alphabet punch strips.
apple number punch strips
The free membership printable this week is apple number sequence puzzles. I printed them on cardstock paper and cut along the lines to make ten puzzle strips.
I laminated the puzzle strips and mixed them up. The puzzles come in both black and white as well as part color and full color. I made numbers 1-10 and numbers 11-20.
In this activity children put the puzzle strips in numerical order. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 3rd ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added ten apple fine motor sheets.
apple number sequence puzzles
The free membership printable this week is apple color and pattern puzzles. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... laminated them and then cut them along the dashed lines to make two halves.
I made the apple puzzles with twelve solid colors and eighteen pattern puzzles. I really love these puzzles for visual discrimination skills as well as color identification.
In this activity the children find the two matching halves and put them together to form an apple. Play continues until all apple halves have been matched.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 11th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the apple shape match.
As most of you know we love working with playdough and I try to incorporate a couple of playdough activities with each theme because it is a wonderful tool for helping to build fine motor skills.
Today we made playdough apples which the children really had a great time with. They took playdough and made apple shapes from it (they used red ... green ... and yellow). Next they made a stem and leaf for each apple.
Once the apples were made the children then took pony beads and pressed them into the apples. Most chose to do color matching with the beads. If you use pony beads with this activity please remember to use supervision with children under the ages of three and those still in the stages of putting small items in their mouths.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
This apple roll and pick game is one of our favorite math center activities for our apple unit. It can be played individually or in groups with children taking turns rolling the dice. Starting with all of the apples on the tree children roll the dice and remove the number off apples from the tree that was displayed on the dice.
Play continues until all of the apples are removed from the tree. We used red pom-poms with self-adhesive magnets but I have also included red markers that you can use if you do not have pom-poms.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
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