As part of our fall activities for preschoolers, we’re including an apple preschool theme, and at the heart of it all are our apple counting cards.
These printable cards are more than just numbers; they’re a fantastic tool to help preschoolers master the art of one-to-one correspondence in a way that’s both engaging and effective. These apple counting cards bring both a fall theme and counting activities to life!
It’s going to be a bushel of fun!
Counting is a fundamental math skill for preschoolers, and our apple counting cards are here to make it a breeze!
As preschoolers engage with these apple-themed cards, they’re not just counting numbers; they’re mastering the essential concept of one-to-one correspondence.
Each card showcases a precise number of apples, allowing children to match the number symbol with the actual quantity. This is one to one correspondence at it’s most basic level.
But the learning doesn’t stop there. Our apple counting cards also introduce preschoolers to cardinality and number recognition, too.
If you’re looking for more counting activities, then you have to save this link – The BIG List of Preschool Counting Activities. And, these apple counting cards are a great thematic supplement to our Daily Lessons in Preschool Counting unit.
Apple Counting Cards for Preschool
I love using counting cards in preschool because you can use them in so many different ways.
Be sure to read all the different ways I use these counting cards in my apple theme math activities in preschool.
These apple counting cards include numbers 1-10, with four cards to a page. Each page is full color and feature red, green, and orange apples.
These cards can be used without any additional materials, but for extra counting practice, it’s a good ides to have some counting manipulatives to use along with these cards. Here are our favorites:
- apple mini erasers
The simplest way to use my apple counting cards requires the cards themselves and no additional materials. But if you want to kick it up a notch, add some math counters or playdough for even more fun.
Here are some apple manipulatives you might like to go along with this preschool game.
Apple Counting Activity
These apple counting cards have the numeral on one side and the apples on the other.
Simply put, preschoolers can identify the number and count the apples. I always recommend that the child point to each apple as they are counting. This offers more practice in one-to-one correspondence, which is a critical skill in preschool.
Picture Books About Apples
No theme is ever complete without some picture books to read to your preschooler. In fact, it is often picture books that inspire the thematic activities I do with my preschoolers.
Apple Counting Activities
Counting cards can be used in many different ways, not just for pointing and counting. Get creative (and adventurous) and try some of these ideas next time you use your cards:
- Double the Counting
- Use apple manipulatives like mini erasers, to place over each apple as it is counted. This helps develop one-to-one correspondence. Then, count the apples one more time as they are taken off the card.
- Go “Apple Picking”
- Offer a small basket and invite your preschooler to pick the apples off the card and place them in the basket.
- Make Playdough Apple Trees
- Use playdough to roll a tree and branches. Draw a card and add the corresponding number of apple counters. Then transfer the apple counters to the playdough tree!
- Playdough Apple Counting
- Roll playdough into little balls (apples) and use them as counters on the card. Once the card is filled, invite your child to smoosh each apple as he counts the apples on the card again.
- Apple Orchard Hunt
- Hide apple counting cards around the classroom or play area and have children search for them. When they find a card, they can count the apples and match them to the corresponding numeral.
- Apple Sorting
- Provide a variety of apple counters in corresponding colors, like buttons or pom-poms, and have children sort them onto apple counting cards according to the number shown.
- Number Line Fun
- Create a number line on the floor or wall using apple counting cards. Children can hop or step on each card while counting aloud, reinforcing one-to-one correspondence.
- Apple Puzzles
- Cut the apple counting cards into two pieces, separating the numeral from the apples. Children can match the numeral piece to the correct apple piece.
- Number Hunt
- Call out a number, and children have to find the corresponding apple counting card as quickly as they can.
- Counting Races
- Create a simple racecourse, and at various points, place apple counting cards. Children have to count the apples on each card as they run by.
- Apple-themed Snack Time
- During snack time, use the apple counting cards to count the number of apple slices or crackers on each child’s plate.
Counting Apples Activities
You might also like these apple theme counting printables. And don’t forget to grab your free printable from the end of this post!
- Apple Counting Cards
- Muffin Tin Apple Counting Activities
- Apple Drop Counting Game
- Apple Fingerprint Counting Worksheet
- Hands-on Apple Activities
- Farmer Brown Has 5 Red Apple Song
- Apple Seed Counting Worksheets
Get Your FREE Apple Counting Cards Here
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.