Archive for the ‘Numbers Fun’ Category

Fall is a great time for apple projects, and this week I’ll be bringing you lots of apple-related ideas, starting with some fun apple math activities today. Depending on the age of your child, these may either be challenging, or used as just-for-fun activities to go along with your apple theme and give your child something constructive to do while you cook dinner. 😉

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Apple Measuring

We started with a fun, non-standard measuring activity where Remi used little apple squares to measure the height of various apple trees. I had her stack them next to each tree to measure, and then use that convenient, big empty space on the right side to write in her answer for each one.

apple measuring, non-standard

(I found the printables for this activity at A Teaching Mommy.)

Apple fingerprint math

Because we seem to have to find a way to introduce paint into everything we do—even math!—we also did this cute fingerprint activity. First, we read the book, Johnny Appleseed. Then, Remi dipped her finger in red (and sometimes green) paint and added enough “apples” to match the number in each box.

apple thumbprint math

My intention was to have her go back, once they were dry, and use a  marker to add little stems and/or leaves… they’d actually look like apples, and not just fingerprints…..but as you can see below, that never happened. By the time the prints dried, we were already on to other things!

apple thumbprint math 2

(The printout for this came from Fun Handprint Art.)

Apple roll-n-stamp math

Next, because do-a-dot markers make everything more fun, we got one of ours out and used it for a roll-n-stamp activity.

apple math, roll-n-stamp

I enjoyed watching Remi’s concentration as she carefully counted the pips on the die after each roll.

apple math, roll-n-stamp 2

Then, she stamped that many apples on her tree. (I got this printable from A Teaching Mommy, too.)

Apple pickin’ math

My daughter happens to love the game, Hi Ho! Cherry-O. I know this because she asks to play it ALL the time. And while I know the playing pieces are supposed to be cherries, they look an awful lot like tiny apples, to me…..or at least they do when you’re doing an apple unit! Oh, come on. You can see it if you just squint…..

To use them, I downloaded a lapbook pack from Homeschool Share which included the printable below, but I used it a little differently. I believe it was intended to be a mini book, and the instructions were printed at the top of each page for drawing in a certain number of apples. However, it only went up to the number six, and even though this was just for fun, I wanted it to be more challenging, So, I wrote in different numerals (up to 15, so I’d have enough “apples”) in red crayon in a random order on each page, and Remi had to “pick” that many cherries apples 😉 from her game-piece stash and add them to the tree.

apple picking math

Want more apple activities? Here are some that would be fun for younger children (toddler & preschool age):

Apple pickin’ match is a fun one Remi did previously. We love cut-and-paste activities!

Counting with a Playdoh mat also exercises little hands to prepare for writing.

You could come up with lots of apple-counting activities using these apple pony bead sorting mats.

And when you work up an appetite doing all that math, be sure to check out this post on Cheerful Learning for lots of fun apple-themed snacks!

Update: Also check out my posts on Apple Science, story time with Ten Apples Up on Top, and an Apple Bible Lesson, and find even more apple-related activities in our Apple Wrap-up.

Enjoy learning together,


Today I thought I’d share a few of the activities we did when we were learning how to make the number ONE.

First, Remi colored a numeral ONE template, and added ONE sticker to it. (Yes, she chose ONE lovely shade of brown.)

(I am so sorry that I can’t provide a link for these great number templates. I had saved them on my computer and even after much searching, for the life of me I cannot locate the original source! If anyone knows where these come from, PLEASE let me know so I can give credit to the creator of the templates.)

Next, we learned to say ONE in sign language.

We looked at the shape of ONE and talked about how straight and tall it is, and then I taught her to sing this rhyme as she formed the numeral ONE:

Start at the top, and down we run.

That’s the way we make a ONE!

For practice, I put some shaving cream in a shallow cake pan (the same one we used for practicing ZERO in sand).

She loved making ONE’s while singing the little rhyme, then using her hand to smooth out the shaving cream so she could do it again…and again…and again…and again…

Of course, I gave her plenty of time to just enjoy smooshing the shaving cream around in her hands. (And yes, smooshing is actually a word.)

We also practiced saying ONE in Spanish, Dutch, German, and French, just for fun.

I had to laugh about the way she was stumped every time I asked her to say it in English. (She has told me many times she doesn’t KNOW English.) My silly three year old…

I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on teaching the number ONE.

Enjoy learning together!

Before we jumped in on the formation process, I thought it would be a good idea to review the concept of zero. So, we played a little game of “How Many?”

How many pink dinosaurs live in our garage?

How many pianos are on your head?

How many buffalo did you eat for breakfast?

You get the point. Make your questions have an obvious “ZERO!” answer so she’ll get the fact that “zero” means “absolutely none at all.” Plus, this game is good for lots of giggles!

Then, before I taught her to form the numeral herself, I let her handle a foam zero to see how the shape felt.

I had her look at it and trace it with her fingers to cement its configuration in her mind.

Then, it was time for her to learn to form her own zero. We sang this rhyme while she traced the figure in a shallow cake pan I filled with play sand:

Round and round and round we go;

Close it up to make zero!

(Make sure your child understands the importance of beginning all numerals at the TOP.)

As you can imagine, Remi loved this. Of course, once the sand was available, she didn’t want to get her hands out of it! No big deal—I kept a bath towel under the pan the whole time, and just shook it off outside when she was done. It kept her busy and happy for quite some time, and sand play is an excellent sensory experience for young children. (Throw in some measuring cups or scoops or other pouring devices for extra fun!)

We also formed a zero from Play-Doh for another 3-D version. This was pretty easy for her to do by rolling up “a snake” and connecting the ends. She chanted our little rhyme again as she traced the dough circle.

(I found the number mats here and printed and laminated them so we can use them with Play-Doh, dry-erase markers, or whatever other media we like.)

Enjoy learning together!