Fall is one of my favorite seasons, and I especially love when things settle a bit after the back to school craziness and we settle into our classroom routines. While I don’t teach in themes throughout the year (for instance, I don’t necessarily teach “apples”) I do love to incorporate some seasonal themes into our math and literacy centers and activites. It just gives the games a pop of seasonal fun and makes the kids engaged with the variety. That’s a win in my book! These apple number mats are the perfect addition to fall math centers for working on numbers to 10.
Apple Number Mats
These number mats are pretty simple to prepare. Simply print them out and laminate, or put them into dry erase pockets so that you can use them over again. Plus, it will allow you to use them with play dough and dry erase markers.
Once they are all set, grab some play dough or other tools (you could also use sequins or buttons) and a dry erase marker, and you are ready to play!
Play dough is fun to use and is great for the kids to manipulate and roll to form the numbers. You can make your own or I also love the mini cans – they are just the right size for individual use. You could also further build fine motor by having other options.
For example, we use sequins or other small items sometimes. Picking them up with our fingers is tricky and builds up strength, which is great for little writers!
After filling in the ten frame to match the number, and filling in the bubble number as well, we got in lots of practice with number formation by writing the number several times on the line.
Then, all we have to do is wipe the mats clean and move onto another number! These mats go to 10, which is great for the beginning of the year.
Grab Your Set
Ready for some apple themed number fun? Grab your copy of the apple number mats by clicking the yellow button below.
Then, for TONS of apple themed fun, hop over and grab our Apple Math and Literacy Centers!
Even More Apple Themed Fun
Looking for even more apple themed fun to add to your learning? Here are some of our favorite printables and activities!
Apple Alphabet Puzzles (The Letters of Literacy)