Toddler Storytime Activities for Ten Apples Up on Top


Toddlers and preschoolers will LOVE to learn and play with these Ten Apples Up on Top Activities!  From crafts to games to hands-on activities, your little one will have fun with one of these 6 storytime extension ideas!

Ten Apples Up On Top activities

Ten Apples Up On Top Activities 

Last year we spent a whole week doing activities with Dr. Seuss books with Big Brother and while I wasn't planning on doing that again this year... I obviously had a change of heart.  

I picked up the book, Ten Apples Up on Top -- a favorite around here, and set up 6 different activities for my toddler.  However, these activities would be suitable for children 2-4 years.  So your preschooler would enjoy these activities as well!

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10 Apples Up on Top: "Apple" Stickers


Little Sis LOVES stickers so she was all about this activity!

For this 10 apples up on top activity, I taped a picture of my girl on the bottom of the paper and supplied her with some colored dot stickers.  

This is a great fine motor activity for little hands as she had to peel the stickers off and place them on the paper.  Some even ended up on her as well!  

If you'd like to "beef'' up this activity, you could number the stickers and write a number somewhere on the sheet so that your child can match numbers.

10 apples up on top - sticker apples

Ten Apples Up on Top Do a Dot Activities:  DO A DOT APPLES


On a sheet of paper, I drew out the characters from the book, 10 Apples up on Top.

With a do a dot marker, little sis made "apples."

Ten Apples Up on Top activities-- Do A Dot Apples

Ten Apples Up on Top Activities:  APPLE SORTING


Using tongs, Little Sis can sort the pom pom "apples" by color (red, yellow, and green) or by size (small, medium, large).

ten apples up on top activities- apple sorting

Ten Apples Up on Top Activities:  RACE TO 10 PRINTABLE


  • Die
  • small manipulatives
Grab some pom poms or other red manipulatives to be your apples.

To play, roll the dice and add that many "apples" to your tree.

You could also start with apples in the tree and try to be the first to pick all the apples off the tree.  
Print off your game board here!

Ten Apples Up on Top -- Math Game

Ten Apples Up on Top Activities:  APPLE CRAFT


Try this simple apple craft after reading the book, Ten Apples Up on Top!

I printed out an apple template and gave Little Sis red, yellow, and green tape.

Tearing the tape was a bit hard for her, so I helped tear the tape in different sizes and Little Sis covered the apple.  Another option would be to have your child use scissors to cut the tape him/herself.  OR, instead of tape, you could do this with pieces of torn paper.   

Once it was covered, we cut out the apple and now have a pretty piece of art!

Ten Apples On Top Craft

Ten Apples Up on Top Activities: COUNTING APPLES 


After reading the book, we practiced counting to ten with 10 "apples"{aka red Duplo blocks!}

For a competitive twist, add a die and grab 10 more blocks for another player.  Take turns rolling a die and adding that many apple blocks to a tower.  First to 10, wins!

Or, work on number recognition and sequencing skills by writing numbers 1-10 with a dry erase marker on the blocks.  Then your child can make a tower of ten apples on top in number order. 

ten apples up on top counting activity

Next time you read the book, Ten Apples Up on Top, try these 6 fun activities-- perfect for toddlers and/or preschoolers!

Here's some more Dr. Seuss inspired ideas:

Ten Apples up on Top Activities


  1. This was one of my favorite books as a kid. And these activities are AMAZING! LOVE how you incorporated the characters from the book on their papers. I have been using your blog quite heavily for our Five in a Row this year. You have such creative ideas!

    1. I love the stickers idea, my daughter will porbably like that

  2. Oh I love your ideas!! I hope you don't mind me sharing this, but I have a free 10 Apples Up On Top cards and counters printable set on my blog:

    1. Thanks for sharing, Lisa! I'll have to stop by and check our your set!

  3. Tons of FUUUN activities, thank you! I'm going to pin this now so I can use some of these activities with my preschoolers. Thanks again.

  4. Thank you for the award, Phyllis!

  5. Great activities! I love how creatively you connected the learning to the story. :-)

  6. What wonderful ways to work on counting! I love all of them! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I will be sharing this post on Facebook and Pinterest.

  7. I just love this extension of the book! What a fun activity for the kids! Thanks so much for sharing with us again at For the Kids Fridays over at SunScholars! Thrilled to have you with us to share such fun ideas! I've pinned this to my Book Inspired Activities board! xoxoxo

  8. What a fun activity! I love how you used dot stickers - our favorites =-)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Look forward to seeing you again next week,
    Beth =-)

  9. Great ideas!! We also did a lil' activity with this book this week :-)

    I also think the Truffula Trees lot FAB!!

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!


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