Are you looking for a simple to prepare and set up maths activity for your toddlers and preschoolers this autumn then this apple tree number activity is ideal. Working on moving on from counting by rote your little ones will match the apples on the tree with the correct numbers in this DIY maths game that is quick and easy to put together.
Preschool Maths for Fall
This simple maths activity for fall is ideal to work with your little ones.
It introduces the written numerals and counting the objects to match the number and the paper apples on the tree.
Check out even more Apple Activities for Learning with Preschoolers here!
What is Counting by Rote
As we said this activity moves your child on from counting by rote, but what is counting by rote. Counting by rote is where your child is able to recite the numbers in the correct order e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, but does not associate these with the physical objects so 1 being 1 apple.
But, this is different from counting out objects and learning to count matching the quantity with the number. This 1 to 1 correspondence of matching each object to the number by counting out is the next step.
Maths Learning for this Early Years Activity
In this activity your child will be working on:
- Reciting numbers up to 20
- Matching numeral and quantity correctly
- Recognises numerals 1 to 5
- Counts objects out
Materials Needed for your Apple Tree Math
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Apple Tree Math Activity for Preschoolers
1. First cut out of the brown paper 5 tree trunks, 5 treetops from the green paper and 15 small red apples circles.
2. Either you or your child prepare each apple tree by constructing the trunk and tree top on a piece of paper or card
3. Label the trunk of each tree 1 to 5 (or higher if you are working on higher numbers with your child.
4. Then with your child count out the number of apples with the red paper to match the number on the tree trunk.
Reusing the Apple Counting Activity
We love creating resources that can be used again and again and to continue using this activity we create a small maths centre on a tray to use this resource again and again this month.
Work on some writing practice using your fingers to trace the number on the trunk.
Then use the tongs to move the apple counter to the tree to work on the pincer grip for some more pre-writing practice with your little ones.
You can create a set of these trees that you can then reuse - we recommended working on numbers 1 to 5, then to 10 and eventually to 20.
The Apple Tree Maths is a fun autumn-themed activity for preschoolers to encourage 1 to 1 correspondence and number recognition whilst working on fine motor skills at the same time.
Moving On with More Apple Maths Activities for Preschoolers and Reception Year
What is the next step - if your child is confident with counting out the objects then it's time to introduce more than and less than. 1 more and 1 less - this can easily be done with this activity once they have the apples on the tree.
Talk over what is 1 more than the number of the tree and 1 less.
You can also order the trees in numerical order from smallest to largest number of apples and vice versa.
If you are looking for moving on from these then addition and subtraction is next our FREE Apple Tree Addition Counting Mats are ideal for this and you can print and reuse these to work on this number skill over and over again.
Apple Books to Complement the Autumn Maths Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
- Apples by Gail Gibbons
- Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
- The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
More Apple Themed Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Head to the orchard and get hands-on with these 5 Fun Learning Activities as you Pick Apples.
Make some 2-ingredient Apple Play Dough and use this for sensory play
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