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!

– Life Over C's apple tree addition to 10 math mats for kids

Recommended Grade Level:

Apple Addition Mat Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter

Learning Addition Math Facts in Kindergarten



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?
– Life Over C's 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
– Life Over C's apple tree adding 1st grade

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.

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

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

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.

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.

– Life Over C's 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.

– Life Over C's girl writing math problems

Extend and Differentiate the Apple Addition Activity

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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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. 

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  1. I love this and used it this year in my classroom. My students loved it too. I teach first grade and wanted to know if you have thought about adding 11 to 20 the set. (or do you have any sets that go to 20?) Thanks.

  2. I wasn’t able to download your adding to 10 apple tree activity. When I clicked on the link it gave me a 404 not found error. Can you please email me and let me know how to download it.

    1. Kim, Sorry to be late to reply! I’m in the middle of moving, so I’m a bit behind on comments. I have fixed the error in the post and you can now download the apple trees by clicking the link above or the picture. The link was messed up in my recent blog move. 🙂