One of the key number concepts that children need to grasp early on is number bonds. Number bonds make addition and subtraction much easier if these are learnt. Hands-on activities are a great way to do that and this activity based on the book 10 Red Apples is a fun apple themed maths activity for preschoolers and above. Scroll to the bottom for more apple themed learning activities for 2 to 5-year-olds.

Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

Number Bonds

Number bonds are the relationship between two numbers to form another number. It makes subtraction and addition easier once children learn the relationship. With preschoolers and those entering school, we talk about number bonds to 5 and then number bonds to 10. This is because 5 and 10 are easier numbers to count in and after children learn to skip count (count in 2’s), 10’s and 5’s are the next numbers.

As they progress the number bonds learnt in the early years help with the addition of 2, 3 and more digit numbers as well as subtraction of more complex numbers and also in estimations.

Check out these other number bond activities

Apple Number Bonds to 10

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With this week’s book for The Virtual Book Club for Kids being 10 Red Apples, working on number bonds to 10 is ideal.

Materials needed

10 Red Apples Printout or Red and Green Apple Counters – downloaded from our Rainy Day Mum Printable Store

Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

We have this Sorting Pie from Learning Resources which comes with red and green apples but not to 10 so would be good for younger children working on the first set of numbers bonds to 5. Working on Number bonds to 10 using some Fake Apples for Flower arranging – 15 red apples and 15 green apples you can work on number bonds to 10.

More apple themed maths – with these DIY Apple Tree Counting Mats

Working on number bonds to 10 with Apples

If you have downloaded our Number Bonds print out – cut out the apples and lay the red apples in order 1 – 5 and 6 – 10 below. Ask your child to count and point to the numbers on the apples as you go along.

Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

Now remove numbers i.e. 10, 9, 8 and 7 and ask your child to fill in the spaces with the green apples to make 10.

Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

Check out our 2-ingredient apple scented play dough recipe which you could use to make your own apple counters with.


Lay them in order counting out the numbers and pointing to the numeral on the apple at the same time. This will help to reinforce number recognition as well.

Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

Now count the red apples – then the green apples and form a number sentence i.e. “5 red apples and 5 green apples make 10 apples”.

Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

Repeat with other combinations of the number bonds so that children start to learn the relationship, make sure that you do the reverse of number bonds as well e.g. 6 red apples and 4 green apples and also 4 red apples and 6 green apples.

Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.

Additional Apple Themed Learning Activities for 2 to 5-year-olds

Based on the book 10 Red Apples by Pat Hutchins The Virtual Book Club Team have produced these hands-on activities for the different areas of learning. Don’t forget that you can come and join us in The Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook Group for more themed book based activities and ideas.

Apple Literacy Activities

Apple Tree Alphabet Letter Match – Still Playing School

Apple Piece Names – Preschool Powol Packets

Apple Number and other Maths Activities

Sea of Knowledge – Apple Addition within 5 Dough Strips

Fingerprint Apple Counting Activity – Messy Little Monster 

Apple Math: Counting & Fractions Teach Beside Me

Ten Red Apples: Number Words Activities- Growing Book by Book

Red apple number bonds to 10 – You are here

Apple Sensory Activities

Apple Tree Playdough – Clare’s Little Tots

Apple picking sticky wall – views from a Step stool

Apple Recipes and Cooking Activities

Baked Apples – Witty Hoots

Caramel Apple Pops-The Moments at Home

Apple Stack Game and Snack- Toddler Approved

Apple STEM and Science Activities

Jumping Apple Seeds- JDaniel4’s Mom

Apple Theme STEM Activity for Preschoolers – The Educators’ Spin On It 

Apple Pre-writing Activities

Glitter Apple Stamping – My Bored Toddler

Apple Tree Tracing Page

Apple writing pages for preschoolers – Kori at Home

Apple Motor Skills activities

Apple Farm Song with Movement – My Storytime Corner

Apple Tree Gross Motor Game – Inspiration Laboratories

Apple Sewing – CrArty Kids

Visual Perception Apple Activity – The OT Toolbox


Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.
Work on the key concept in mathematics of number bonds with this free download of red and green counting apples to manipulate to make 10.
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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