Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss is a great book to read when teaching toddlers and preschoolers to count to ten. To go along with this fun book I created a simple, hands-on math and fine motor activity that kids are sure to enjoy!
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Ten Apples Up On Top! Math & Fine Motor Activity
This Ten Apples Up On Top math & fine motor activity is a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to practice counting to ten while strengthening fine motor muscles! To create this activity for your children or classroom you need a few basic supplies.
- Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss
- photo of child(ren)
- clear contact paper
- red craft foam
- spray bottle
- white board or window
How to create this activity:
Step 1: Cut ten apple shapes from red craft foam
Step 2: Print photo of child(ren) and cut to remove background
Step 3: Stick photo(s) on white board or window using clear contact paper
Step 4: Set up activity and invite child(ren) to listen to the story and then do the activity
I hadn’t read this book to Caden for a while so he was interested in sitting on our rug to listen to the story, especially since we missed story time at the library this week. Of course, we had to stop mid-book to get an apple to snack on! 😉
After we finished reading the story, I invited Caden to stack some apples on his head! We’ve done this type of activity before (See ABC Snowflake Match) so he knew to spray the white board with water and stick on the foam apples! What makes this activity different and interesting is the picture of himself on the white board and counting the apples on his head to create a silly image, just like in the silly story!
Even though all ten apples didn’t fit on our white board, Caden didn’t let that stop him from sticking them all on the board and counting as he went! He really enjoyed this activity and his counting skills are getting better all the time!
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