Every year we head to the apple orchard. It doesn’t matter how old the kids get, we still go. So it makes sense that one of our favorite learning themes is APPLES! This fun apple themed Free Printable Addition to 10 Apple Tree is a great apple math activity for kids! They will love counting the number of apples to practice addition facts to 10. You can also adapt the addition to 10 game in different ways for different skill levels. Just print, cut the pieces, and you’re ready for some apple-icious learning.

My daughter’s pigtail braids and Daddy’s hat fit right in with the whole apple orchard theme today!

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Learning Addition Math Facts in Kindergarten



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According to Jaida, this was kindergarten work. This is true for her since we use Math-U-See for our math program. They cover adding to 10 in kindergarten pretty thoroughly. In 1st grade they move to memorization and then subtraction. I really love their mastery approach and it’s been working well for us going on 7 years now. (Actually, Emma’s going to get to Pre-Algebra around Christmas as a ‘6th grader’, so it’s working really well.)

Today was just the first of many times that we will be using this activity this fall. As an overview, I gave her access to all the addition problems up to 10. Just to get back into the groove of understanding what addition is.

As we progress through memorization though, I will limit her to the specific addition facts that we are working on that week and then on Friday, she can practice with all the ones she’s already mastered.

Our usual plan for Math-U-See is to watch the video on Monday and complete 2 of the accompanying pages. (Or do some hands-on activities in place of them…like this one.), 2 more on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday, they do the ‘test’. And Friday is a review/free-for-all day.

Anyway, this is not a pitch for Math-U-See (I’m not being paid or asked for a review at all). This is just me sharing my love for our math curricula. I’m kind of a math geek, so…

She loved picking the apples off the apple trees and putting them in the basket. Her perfectionist tendencies showed through quite well as she insisted on lining the apples up perfectly straight.

She also asked me if she could put them back on the tree ‘right’ as opposed to the slightly sloppy way I had prepared them for her. She was a little more than disturbed that they were all crooked.

I think it would be great to add velcro dots to the back of the problems, apples and baskets to attach them to the tree page and the big basket. This would add an extra sensory element with the little bit of pressure needed for pushing and pulling the velcro. (Again, mine are lost in the packing abyss.)

Another idea would be to use pom poms instead of the small apples on the trees. That would add in different textures (Especially if you get the glitter pom poms!) and a different form of fine motor skill practice.

For those of you who can’t print in color I have included a black & white version of everything in the pack. Just print the pages that you want.

As kids work, you can provide a number line for support. You can also ask questions for thought:

  • How many apples altogether?
  • Are there more red/green apples?
  • Is the sum bigger/smaller than the two numbers we’re adding (addends)?
  • How could we use a ten frame to help?
kindergartener adding to 10 apple theme

What Can Children Learn From This Apple Themed Activity?



I made a recording sheet to write down the problems, to help commit them to memory. You can slide it into a page protector and use it multiple times if you want.

Recording addition facts for numbers 1-10 is a great way to work on key math vocabulary:

  • Sum/total
  • Addends
  • Add/more/plus/increase
  • Equation
  • Plus/equals
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Why Is It Important For Kids To Play Addition Games?

Children learn best when the learning feels easy and fun. Games at the math and literacy center encourages practice with a ton of important skills while cleverly disguised as a fun game!

Number Sense

Playing math games improves numbers sense which is the ability to understand, compare/contrast, and relate numbers to each other.


Encouraging kids to use math vocabulary while playing games (sum/difference/total/greater than/less than)is a meaningful way to practice.


When children effortlessly (automatically) know basic math facts, it makes more complex computations easier.

Cooperative Learning

Simple games with partners or small groups give kids a lot of practice with social skills, like taking turns, following rules, and winning/losing.

Tools you’ll need

Fellowes laminator
Nuova laminating pouches set of 200 3 mil sheets
HP Bright White Printer Paper Ream

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Don’t worry about making a special trip to the store. You can get all the supplies for this activity right here. Click the pictures above to get what you need.

How to Make the Addition to 10 Apple Tree Activity

To Prep:

Print the tree mats, large apple basket, addition cards, and apples. Laminate and cut out the pieces. You can choose the color version, or the black-and-white version.

Also, if you don’t want to cut out a bunch of small apples, use pom poms, mini erasers, or some other manipulative for the apples.

black and white apple trees addition

To Play:

Place the tree mat in front of the child. Line up the numerals on baskets above the tree mat. Place the ten green apples/manipulatives on one tree and ten red apples on the other. Put the large apple basket below the tree mat. Finally, place the addition fact cards upside down in a pile.

To play, draw a fact card. Pull the appropriate number of apples from each tree and place them into the basket, corresponding with each addend in the problem.

Find the sum by counting all the apples in the basket. Last, choose the sum from the numeral apple baskets above and place it on the mat. Record if desired.

Children should read each problem once completed, then clear the mat and repeat.

girl writing math problems

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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:

Literature Connection

Tie in the real world of apples. Read a book about Johnny Appleseed, then take a look at some real apple seeds, bake apple pie and taste test it, or make apple-scented play dough.


If kids aren’t ready for full addition sentences, identify each addend and count the appropriate number of apples onto each tree and just stop there.


Tie the activity to the sensory bin if desired. Hide the applies in the bin. Instead of drawing an addition card, kids can pull out apples and make their own addition facts.

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