This free printable apple counting book has been used by a variety of students over my years as a teacher. It’s the perfect addition to your preschool apple theme.
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Oh how we love book-making in preschool (and my kindergarten students loved it too)! Homemade emergent readers help teach children important early skills, and they’re very meaningful to the kids.
You can grab your own copy of the printable book at the very bottom of this post.
As I mentioned above, I’ve used some version of this printable emergent reader with both preschool and kindergarten children. It’s a fun way to extend an apple theme and work on both early math and early literacy skills.
To really drive home the counting aspect of the book, consider pairing it with some real apples.
How to Make the Counting Apples Book
Print out a copy of the book (found at the end of this post). Fold each page in half along the black lines, making sure the pictures are facing out. Place the pages in the correct order, with the folded sides facing to the right. Staple along the left-hand side of the book.
Typing it out seems to take longer than actually making the book does! Here’s a short video that shows you what I mean:
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Using the Apple Counting Book with Children
Then it’s time to bring the kiddos in to work on their apple counting books. I like to do this in small groups or one-on-one.
Explain to the children that they’ll be making their very own book about apples in an apple tree. It will be a counting book, and they’ll get to be the book’s illustrators.
Read the first page to the kids, pointing to each word as you say it aloud. Have the children use a washable ink pad to make a fingerprint apple on the first apple tree.
Depending on the kids, this apple book might take a day or two to complete. Some children can spend a long time coloring, while others aren’t too keen on it.
I don’t force the children to make the book look “just so.” If they’d rather just add the apple fingerprints and read the book with me, that’s great. I’ve found that those children who don’t want to color the book at first often go back and add illustrations later.
Once the books are done, kids can place them in their book boxes. That way, they can read and reread the book throughout the school year.
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Benefits of This Apple-Themed Free Printable Book
Here are some of the early math and literacy skills that can be taught and practiced using this apple counting book:
- Left-to-right, top to bottom progression
- Print conveys meaning
- Number recognition
- One-to-one correspondence
- High frequency words
Have you ever made an apple counting book with your students? Be sure to let me know what they think about this one. Remember, you can get your own copy at the very bottom of this email.
Apple Theme Preschool Lesson Plans
Save time and get right to the playful learning with a week’s worth of apple lesson plans already done for you! Read below the image to see what comes with the printable plans.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas, fully-developed lesson plans, book suggestions, and the following printables:
- “I See Apples” color word emergent reader
- Apple Letters
- “We Like Apples” editable class book cover and page template
- Apple Number Cards 0-35
- “Counting Apples” emergent reader 1-10 (three variations)
- Apple Theme Word Cards
- 0-10 Apple Matching Number Cards with numbers, words and sets
- Apple Sorting Prompt Cards
- Shape Mats
- Apple Dice Game
- Life Cycle Cards (multiple versions)
- Apple Pattern Cards
- My Apple Science Journal
- Label the Apple Diagram
- Apple Taste Test Voting Cards and Class Graph Pieces
- Taste Test Results Tally Sheet
- How to Make Applesauce Sequencing Activity and Recording Sheet
- Real Apple Photographs
- Match the Apples Visual Discrimination Game
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25 More Ideas for Your Apple Theme
If your students enjoyed the apple counting emergent reader, be sure to check out even more apple themed activities for kids!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Letter Matching Apple Tree Activity // Fun Learning for Kids
Apple Lacing Fine Motor Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Kindergarten Math Activity: Apple Matching Game // Steamsational
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
Number Match Apples // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Apple Life Cycle Hat // The STEM Laboratory
Fine Motor Strengthening Apple Activity // The OT Toolbox
Apple Tree Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
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
Balancing Apples Up on Top // Sara J Creations
Apple Seed Counting Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Alphabet Apple Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
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
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