This autumnal early math activity uses the sights and smells of the season to teach the basic math concepts of counting, sorting, and graphing to your preschool-age children. Have some fun doing Autumn Math with Apples and Pumpkins!
What You’ll Need
- Apples (3-4 different varieties/colors)
- Pumpkins (tiny Jack-be-Littles work best)
- Index Cards
The Set Up
Ideally, you and your kiddo(s) will first head out to a local pick-your-own apple orchard for some classic autumn family together time, filling up a bushel or a peck of crisp, fresh apples and snagging a handful of adorable miniature pumpkins too. We did just this very thing last weekend at a farm near our home. After a warm apple cider doughnut (yum!) we took a ride out to the orchard to see how many colors and varieties of apples we could find!
Once back from the apple orchard, farmers market or grocery store, have your child organize the apples and miniature pumpkins by color — sorting the dark reds, bright greens, mixed colored apples, and the pumpkins of orange and white, while you prepare a simple bar graph template for them.
How To Start
Your child should spell out each color and the total ‘head count’ for each color on index cards. Next, help them label each axis on the bar graph with quantity and colors, and then it’s coloring time! Let your child loose with crayons to color up the individual bars for red, green, orange, etc.
Have seven red apples? Awesome! Color a red bar up that far. Continue until each apple and pumpkin color is represented brightly and boldly on the graph.
Work with fractions to make an apple and pumpkin pie chart! I couldn’t resist the sweet-smelling fall pun and the chance to represent these same numbers and colors in a completely different way with my youngest girl.
All that’s left to do now is make homemade cinnamon applesauce and a REAL apple pie!