Apple Tree Counting Puzzles

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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!

These free Apple Tree Counting Puzzles for Pre-K & Kindergarten are great practice for number recognition and counting sets to 10!

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!

I begin by printing them out on cardstock for sturdiness. I recommend also laminating them so that you can prep this activity just once and use it year after year.

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!

Students match the number of apples on the apple tree cards to the number on the basket cards.

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.

Line the baskets up from 0-10 and have students start counting and matching.

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!

Make these counting puzzles self correcting by writing the number of apples on the back of each tree.

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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

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    1. Hi Stacy! Sorry I am just now seeing this! This printable is a freebie for subscribers, so if you enter your email in the yellow box above, you will be automatically redirected to the apple tree counting puzzles where you can either print or save to a computer. If you are already a subscriber, you may be thinking of a freebie from the past that I share weekly. That content expires after a few days, but I will likely have other similar and fun games in the future! 🙂

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