These Counting Numbers Apple Math Mats are a hands-on way to help kids recognize different ways to represent numbers. In preschool and kindergarten after kids can identify numbers and count sets we can focus in on different ways to represent the same number. Doing so will help strengthen number sense skills. Using these free printable math mats we can show how to represent a number with numerals, in word form, on fingers, and with sets of objects. Use them for your apple theme activities.
Counting Numbers Apple Math Mats for Preschool and Kindergarten
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Activities to do with your Apple Counting Mats
The free printable apple mat set includes math mats and printable apples for numbers zero through ten.
Adding in manipulatives allows kids even more hands-on practice. You’ll want to decide what manipulatives you’d like to use. Any small apple toys will work! Try plastic apples, eraser apples, button apples. And if you don’t have any of those you can use red and green buttons or pompoms, too.
Kids can practice counting out sets to match the number on the counting mat. Spread the full set out across the table or floor, or limit them to a specific set of numbers to help kids hone in on those numbers in particular.
There are five mini apples that show five different ways to represent each number. You can use all the mini apples or differentiate here by limiting the apples used.
Kids can get extra fine motor and counting practice by counting out sets of apples to show each number..
The free printable Counting Numbers Apple Math Mats set also include a printable ten-frame for kids to practice using a ten-frame to show the amounts.
Simply have kids choose a mini apple printable and then show the corresponding number on their ten-frame.
You can also place the counting mats in dry erase pockets or laminate them and have kids write on them. As kids pull each mini apple they can write or show the number in the same way.
For the number, number word, and ten-frame we usually draw on the mat with a dry erase marker. For the hands we count on our hands, and for the domino apple we find different dominoes to match the number (it may be helpful to narrow down your set of dominoes a bit if you have a very large set for kids to search through.)
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Help children learn more about apples in a playful hands-on way with the apple activities in this comprehensive set of lesson plans for preschool, PreK and TK classrooms. This apple theme preschool lesson plan pack can be used during the fall, back-to-school time, in conjunction with a fruit theme, aligned with exploring the letter A, etc. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
- Apple Number Cards (0-35)
- “Counting Apples” emergent reader
- “I See Apples” emergent reader
- Apple Letters (uppercase and lowercase in both red and green)
- Apple Life Cycle Cards (in color and b/w)
- Label the Apple Diagram (in color and b/w) with labeling cards
- Apple Pattern Cards
- Put the Apples on the Tree Game Mat
- Editable cover and pages for a class apple book
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.