There is something about going to an apple orchard with the kids that is just so awesome. I love that we have been all over the world and my kids are still amazed at apple trees, and apple cider, and goats. Well, at least the goats that were at the apple orchard we went to a couple weeks ago. haha! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year and we always start it by going to an apple orchard and reading our favorite apple books. These free printable apple counting grids for preschoolers go perfectly with Ten Apples Up on Top! So grab the printable below, get your favorite apple books and create your own ‘trip to the apple orchard’ even if you can’t actually go!

#### Materials for Apple Counting Grids:

• Paper
• Laminating Supplies
• Apple Mini Erasers
• Differentiated Instruction Cube

To Prepare the Apple Counting Grid Games: Print the file found below. Laminate the counting grids and the large cube inserts if you choose to use those. To use the printable cube, simply cut on the outside line and fold on the inner lines to form a cube. Tape the edges to hold the cube together. If you choose to use the larger cube inserts, cut apart the dice cards and place them inside the windows of the differentiated instruction cube.

Please note- there are two sets of cube inserts and cubes included. One has the numbers 1-3 twice and the other has the numbers 1-6. I recommend using the 1-3 cube with the counting to 10 game as it will make the game last longer. For the counting to 20 grid, you could use either cube.

How To Use the Apple Counting Grid Games: Roll the cube and place that number of apples on the spaces of the grid. Let your child decide where to place them. There is no right or wrong way to use the grid.

We’ve had fun using the dice alone and counting the apples and also using the ten-frame by itself to practice counting all the way to 10.

Right now we are working on reinforcing one-to-one correspondence, so I am having Shiloh touch each apple in the ten-frame and on the dice as she counts them. Otherwise she gets a little ahead of herself and starts counting with ‘2’ instead of ‘1’!

### Ways you can use the Apple Tree Counting Grid Games:

One-to-one correspondence- teaches the child that each button is “1”.

Addition- all of the numbers rolled “add” up to the total number (you can also use 2 dice and add the numbers together on each turn.

Subtraction- start with the counting grid full of apples. With each roll “subtract” that number of apples from the grid.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.

1. Laura says: