With Back to School season upon us and fall just around the corner, it’s about time to bring out some fun learning activities with one of my favorite themes – apples! These free Apple Tree Counting Puzzles are perfect for helping students in Pre-K and Kindergarten identify numbers and count sets to 10!
*Pair with our Apple Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Apple Tree Counting Puzzles
My students love puzzles so I just knew these apple-themed counting puzzles would be a hit. They are great for using in small groups, math centers, or even as a fun activity for early finishers. They’re fun, hands-on, and easy to prep!
Next, I cut the puzzle pieces apart so that I have basket cards numbered 0-10 and apple tree cards with 0-10 apples on them.
That’s it – we’re ready to play!
How to Use the Counting Puzzles
I like to introduce games by playing them in a small group first, but you could also explain the directions for these counting puzzles and let your kids try on their own depending on how you think they will do.
Start by lining up the baskets from 0-10 (which is great for working on number order). I like to add the apple tree cards to a small basket to match the fun “apple picking” theme. Students pick up an apple tree card from the basket and count the apples. Last, they pair the apple tree up with the correct basket card.
Teacher Tip: Make these counting puzzles self-correcting by writing the number of apples on the back of each tree. After the kids put the puzzles together, they can turn them over to check their answer!
Grab Your FREE Set
Ready to go “apple picking?” Grab these free Apple Counting Puzzles by clicking the large, yellow download button at the very end of the post!
More Apple Activities
Looking for more apple-themed learning fun for kids? Scroll down and check out these apple activities from some awesome kid bloggers!
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Letter Matching Apple Tree Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Apple Lacing Fine Motor Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Kindergarten Math Activity: Apple Matching Game // Schooling a Monkey
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
Apple Number Match // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Apple Life Cycle Hat // The STEM Laboratory
Fine Motor Strengthening Apple Activity // Sugar Aunts
Apple Tree Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Apple 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
Apple Counting Book // Fun-A-Day
Balancing Apples Up on Top // Sara J Creations
Apple Seed Counting Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Apple Alphabet Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Apple Subitizing Cards // The Simplified Classroom
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