Today is the start of a new mini-series on Schooling a Monkey, 5 days of apple activities for kids!
To me, September is apple season. I don’t like to break out pumpkins and spiced things until October, but I love celebrating the first days of fall with apple-themed activities. Apples are the bridge between school, the end of summer, and the upcoming fall season.
So, if you are also an apple lover, you’ll have a lot of fun this week, too! Stick around and come back for the rest of the apple activities for kids this week!
Apple Activities for Kids: Apple Fractions
I made this printable for Monkey so she can practice adding and subtracting fractions. She sees things better in a visual form, so when I found these apple graphics with the apples cut into pieces, I knew this would be the perfect way to practice our fractions.
How to Learn Fractions with Apples
Start by using real apples for the activity. We have an apple cutter that automatically cuts apples into eight equal pieces, which would be a perfect way to introduce simple fractions. Or if you wanted to make things a little trickier, cut the apple into 9 pieces or 12 pieces.
Use the different pieces from several different apples cut into different fractional parts to illustrate comparable fractions and how to simply fractions. For example, show the children how 1/2 of an apple is the same as 3/6 or 2/4. Seeing the fractions as apple slices makes it much easier to visualize. A lot of children are like Monkey and have a hard time visualizing fractions without concrete examples.
Apple Fraction Math Worksheet
After the real-word apple fraction exploration, have the children fill out the worksheet. It will be much easier for them after examining the real apple pieces.
Print the apple fraction math PDF file by clicking on the image below. It will open up the PDF file in a new window and you can print it from there. If you want to share this worksheet, please direct others to visit this page and download their own copy rather than sharing the PDF page itself. Enjoy!
What is your favorite way to teach fractions?