The 3 main characters in Dr. Seuss’s story “Ten Apples Up On Top” are a dog, lion & tiger, so I thought it would be fun for children to practice number recognition and counting to 10 with an animal "slider".
After reading the story, have students transition to this whole-group craftivity.
There are 6 BW pattern choices.
Two of each animal.
I’ve also included full-color templates of the apples, lion and tiger so that you can quickly & easily make a sample to share, helping explain what you want your students to do.
Simply run the patterns off on white construction paper or card stock and give children a choice.
They color their animal, then trim around the edges.
There are 4 apple slider strip options.
Two are in BW the others in color.
The apples are numbered as well as blank, so that students can write them in.
To play this whole-group game, call out a number.
“I see 6 apples up on top!”
Children gently pull on their slider, counting out 6 apples, then hold their animal pet in the air.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
* Save the number 10 for last, then count all of the apples together one more time.
* Children lay their animal down, and point to each number as you count the apples to ten.
* Students exclaim: “Hooray! Ten apples up on top!”
* If you’re also learning how to count backwards from 10, do that next, by having children pull the apple slider back down, pausing at each number, looking at it and saying it.
* When you get to the end, have children crouch down with their critter and repeat the backwards sequence exclaiming:
“No apples up on top. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0. Blast off!”
* As they yell “Blast Off!” they jump in the air, and can quietly file out to their backpacks to put their animal slider away.
Have older students glue two apple strips together to count to 20 and work on those tricky teen numbers.
This is also a great activity and story to read for a substitute teacher. (Instant lesson. Just tuck in your sub tub).