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Teaching graphing with apples to tactile & kinesthetic learners

Teaching graphing with apples to tactile & kinesthetic learners
Teaching graphing with apples to tactile & kinesthetic learners

A hands on approach to graphing with apples. Great for tactile and kinesthetic learners and to use as an expenasion activity for Ten Apples Up On Top

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What supplies you’ll need for Tactile Apple Graphing



Ten Apples Up on Top inspired hands-on graphing activity

Ten Apples Up On Top Inspired Math & Graphing Activity


After reading the book ask your child if they can stack apples. and then set up the activity to get started.


Pick intervals for your child to stack an apple on top.


Give them practice time if needed. Let them plan out their approach and experiment what works and doesn’t. The younger the learner, the more they may discover, such as that bigger apples need to go on bottom


If you have more than one person (classroom or the whole family is participating), you can even do races and record the winner. This might be recording how many apples a student can stack in 10, 30, 45, and 60 seconds.


Then after playing the game and recording answers, use wooden skewers and apple slices to work on graphing.


Depending on the age of the child(ren) and/or your comfort level, have them help you slice or chunk apple pieces with a knife or

When graphing here are some things to consider, discuss, and question:


  • Apples are on the Y axis because each piece of apple represents an apple placed on top.
  • Timers are on the X axis because it typically represents time. This correlates to understanding early timelines in that they are linear.
  • Discuss how the change in time affects or does not affect how many apples can be stacked.
  • Are there any recognizable patterns in the graph?Should you write in a zero on the graph?

How many apples can you stack in a set time? Find out and graph it!

How to mix up the apple graphing activity:


  • Write names inside of the timer to chart how many apples different people can do in that same amount of time.
  • Use whole apples, chunks, slices, halves, etc. depending on difficulty level.
  • Work in teams and do relays if you have more than one child participating
  • Consider using different apple colors for each bar in your graph to indicate a person or in another symbolic way.

Hands on tactile graphing activity using apples and skewers. Used as an extension activity with the book Ten Apples Up On Top


You can see that for us, apple halves were the best way for us to stack for my kindergartener.


Remember to always supervise during this activity. It’s great to practice fine motor skills and give a hands-on and tactile approach to learning, but obviously,� skewers can be a sharp object when used incorrectly.


Get the Free Apple Graphing Printable


Tactile graphing activity that aligns to early childhood education objectives. Includes learning outcomes, variation activities, and is a 4 page free printable for your apple unit.

Everything, including directions, variation activities, and all the learning objectives used in the activity are included for you in a free printable. Find the apple graphing printable here.


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Original article and pictures take http://karacarrero.com/fine-motor-apple-graphing-skills/ site


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