This apple seed counting activity is a simple, yet effective way to each one to one correspondence in a thematic manner, and it pairs perfectly with other apple themed preschool activities, as well as fall or autumn themes.
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All you really need is a simple cut out of an apple, a die, and some black counters, such as buttons or dried black beans, to act as the apple “seeds”, (make sure they will not pose a chocking hazard for your little one). I cut my apples out of felt, but paper apples will work just as well. If you plan to keep paper apples from being damaged by little hands, then I certainly recommend they be laminated. (I have the Scotch Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System and love it. It is perfect for the desk, and does a nice job laminating my preschool materials.)
To execute this activity, invite your preschooler to roll the die and identify the number. I purposely chose not to use a dot die because I wanted my preschoolers to become more familiar with numeral names. Once the numeral has been identified, your preschooler can then count out the corresponding amount onto the apple, thus counting the “apple seeds.”
For more advanced version, challenge your preschooler to compare two sets of seeds. If working alone, he can compare two apples he has rolled for, or a partner can roll for the second apple. Once the seeds are set out on both apples, preschoolers can identify which apple has more seeds.
Another option is to use a die with a higher set of numbers, say 11-16, or use two dice and the total from both dice must be added to the apple.
Really, there are several possibilities. Even at it’s most basic form, this activity is a wonderful one to teach or reinforce one to one correspondence skills.
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If you are considering this activity as part of an apple theme in preschool, consider the following books. They are some of our favorites.