Apple Seed Counting Board

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Apple Seed Counting Board is a fun and easy to create hands-on sensory counting activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Practice counting while scooping and pouring and filling up an apple with seeds! A great math and fine motor skill learning activity kids.

Apple Seed Counting Board

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How to Make a Apple Seed Counting Board

  1. Cut out an apple shape out of the cereal box cardboard, or print out the free apple template (see link below) and use that as a guide to cut out the apple shape.
Apple Seed Counting Board
  1. Cut out and glue a sheet of red construction paper on top of the cardboard apple. Add green leaf and a brown stem using the green and brown construction paper.
Apple Seed Counting Board
  1. Cut a cardboard tube across to make 10 cardboard rings.
  2. Glue them to the front of the apple using either a hot glue gun or a bottle of glue.
  1. Place the apple onto a tray or in a sensory bin. Place a bowl of dried black beans and a scooper beside the apple. The beans will act as the apple seeds!
  2. Grab UNO cards from 1 to 9 or playing cards from 1-10, and place them upside down beside the apple and bowl with the beans.
Apple Seed Counting Board
  1. Invite your child to turn over a card and identify the number on the card. Invite them to count and fill that number of sections on the apple with black beans. Once they are done , they can dump the black onto the tray or sensory bin and continue with the next card until they are complete!
Apple Seed Counting Board

Total Hit!

This was a total hit with both of my early learners! They both finished the entire deck of UNO cards counting and scooping as they went! A great way to practice counting after school!

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Age Suitability for Apple Seed Counting Board

This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 3 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Apple Seed Counting Board

Mess Level for Apple Seed Counting Board

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Sensory play, language development, number recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Supplies Apple Seed Counting Board

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  • Free Apple Templates for Arts & Crafts
  • Red, green and brown Construction paper
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or glue bottle
  • Cereal box cardboard
  • Black beans
  • Scooper
  • Bowl or sensory bin
  • Tray
  • Uno cards or playing cards

Books, TV Show & Play Kits!

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

Shop our ready made play kits here.

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