Here’s a fun and easy fall activity that is perfect for back to school season for preschoolers. Apples are a symbol of back to school and the fall harvest, and bonus points that they are not pumpkins.
We love doing simple and fun activities and crafts. You might have seen the easy fall leaf tree craft we did.
We decided to try a simple counting activity that includes some fine motor skills and number practice. It was super easy to put together and I have to say I’m kind of impressed with my own non-artistic skills today.
I’m also kind of impressed that we’re moving onto more advanced activities than the simple toddler crafts of our earlier crafting adventures. Now we’re doing more pre-writing and counting. I guess that’s what happens when a little dude gets to be more of a big dude.
Apple Counting Preschool Activity
This simple activity only uses a few tools.
- Paper Plates
I quickly free-handed an apple shape on some paper plates with pen ink and then I cut them out. I included a little leaf at the top.
Then I outlined really quickly the apple in red marker (all squiggly like) and colored in the leaf with green.
Then I divided each apple in half and half again in ink and numbered each of the 8 squares.
Then I poured some raisins in a bowl and grabbed some tongs, and got my kiddo’s attention. <– this was the hardest part of the setup.
Why raisins? Well, they kind of look like apple seeds. Feel free to even use hole punch colored paper or other snacks.
With the activity all set up, now I asked my tornado to sit down and count out the raisins. He already knows his numbers so he read to me all the numbers that I drew.
Then I told him to pick up a raisin one at a time and count to the number in each square. He started out with tongs, then switched to using his fingers. I kept reminding him to use his pincer fingers since we need to practice that fine motor skill quite a bit.
I was pretty impressed with the little dude. With my guidance, he was able to count to the correct number for each square and fill it with the right number of raisins.
So try it out. A great apple themed counting activity for preschoolers that focuses on fine motor skills too.