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Apple season is coming up soon so I grabbed a new (to my girls) apple book and came up with some gross motor fun for them. It was an added bonus that we worked on counting and patterns too!
First, we sat down and read Ten Apples Up On Top, which was a new story for my girls. They loved counting along and guessing if the characters would be able to balance more apples on top or if they would drop everything. Then, I told them it was going to be their turn to try to balance the apples up on top but to make it trickier, we were going to balance the apples while we walked on our balance beam.
-balance beam (my husband built us this quickly for our circus unit using wood we had around the house)
-red and/or green pool noodles cut into "apples"
-stick/wooden dowel (optional)
We started with one apple and each girl tried to cross the beam and keep their apple on top. The wind didn't help matters and kept blowing the apples off the girls' heads, so they started to hold them on top of their heads. I figured they were still practicing counting and balancing even when they held the apples on top.
plastic apples that I found on Amazon. Then I gave K, my 4 year old, number cards for numbers 1-10. She opened each apple, counted the seeds and then found the correct number to match them up. This was a great way to review her counting skills for numbers 1-10
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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Letter Matching Apple Tree Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Apple Lacing Fine Motor Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Kindergarten Math Activity: Apple Matching Game // Schooling a Monkey
Bobbing for Apples Fine Motor Activity // Stir the Wonder
Write and Wipe Math Cards | Bobbing for Apples // Science Kiddo
Apple Life Cycle Printable Book // Stay at Home Educator
Apple Number Match // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Apple Life Cycle Hat // The STEM Laboratory
Fine Motor Strengthening Apple Activity // Sugar Aunts
Apple Tree Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Apple Shape Matching Game // Life Over Cs
Oatmeal Apple Crisp: A Recipe for Kids // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Apple Addition Write and Wipe Cards // Playdough to Plato
Johnny Appleseed Apple Coverall Games // Recipe for Teaching
Apple Play Dough Surprise Activity // Play & Learn Every Day
Apple Counting Book // Fun-A-Day
Balancing Apples Up on Top // Sara J Creations
Apple Seed Counting Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Apple Alphabet Puzzles // The Letters of Literacy
Apple Subitizing Cards // The Simplified Classroom
Editable Apple Sight Word Game // DIY Farm Wife
Apple Tree Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Apple Ten Frames // Still Playing School
Tracing Letters Printable Apples // Modern Preschool
CVC Spelling Mats // Fairy Poppins
Apple Color Matching Activity // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails