Monday, April 1, 2013

Math activities with APPLES

Yep, I'm going with A for Apple.  There are an so many hands-on activities to do with apples--and they all have to do with math (but make it more fun).  For the topics that are more advanced for your student/child, you can figure out the answer for them and they might enjoy knowing that you can find averages, totals, and more complex info.  Enjoy!

  • Go to the store to buy apples.
    • How many apples make a pound?  (counting and weight)  
    • What will be the price the amount you need to buy? (Weigh your apples, then multiply it by the cost per pound to find your total.
    • Is your bunch of apples within your budget? (Give a budget amount-like $3- and have them stay within that amount.)
    • Can you figure out the amount of change from your budgeted amount? (money and subtraction)
  • Eating apples.
    • How many bites does it take you to eat a whole apple? (counting)  How long did that take? (Time it and see!)  Find the average time for each bite. (Take your number of bites divided by the total time.)
    • Cut the apple into slices (eighth is probably easiest). (fractions)
      • How many slices can you eat? (adding fractions)
      • If you have to share the apples with a group--divvy them out equally. (dividing fractions).  Are there any left over?  Can you cut the piece to divide the apples equally?
        • Time your group of apple eaters for a minute and count how many apple fractions are left compared to your total. (subtracting fractions)
  • Random other ideas...
    • Make patterns with colored apples.
    • Find the circumference around the circle part of your apple. (geometry measurements)
    • How many apples fit in different size bowls. (counting and spacial measurement)
    • Make graphs using apples.
      • Who in the class likes green vs. red?
What other things can you do with your student/child and APPLES?


  1. Excited to be your first commentor. And when completed will be your next follower. Your above logic makes me smile. I believe every opportunity can be a learning one. I've attempted to do that with Flat Stanley. I try to throw in math, history, geography etc.

    Leaving you a cut and paste, as the generic google signature doesn't work well for folks with multiple blog.

  2. Happy Day 1 of A to Z! As a math-phobe and an arts-oriented person, I found I was attracted to your design activities and even to your practical-world activities like learning to budget at the grocery store or how to divide the apple for sharing.

    Oh, how long will I be the treasurer of my writers' group? (Another nine long months, she says counting on her fingers...)

  3. I love green apples. Sour ones are the best! These are great ideas, especially for my little one. For my high schooler - not so much.

    1. Thanks for your comment! The cool thing about math and objects like apples is that you can find interesting math problems/discoveries for all age levels. Maybe I should list a few in my future blog posts...

      For a high schooler they may be able to do more things with apples regarding statistics and physics (and maybe even plant biology).

      You could find the cubic mass of an apple, compare the statistical data you get from apple varieties, or (one of my favorite things to do in calculus) play around with the motion properties of throwing an object--If you throw the apple there are all kinds of things to find out. Measure the distance you can throw it, find the speed, find the measured arc of which the apple was thrown. Calculate the optimal arc for the apple to hit the ground the farthest away.

      If those are too advanced, then there are other things like figuring out how many apples a packing house can pack per day or making data about apple juice or applesauce.

      Anyway, maybe I can try and mention some other more advanced ideas in the future : )

  4. Great ideas, Lucy. I like this blog.

  5. I came over from Arlee's blog. You have a great concept here. My grandkids are a bit older but I'll try to spread the word.

  6. Glad you found my School Vault site! My A to Z Challenge post is at if you have any interest in lobster boats and poetryI stopped back for today's post! I love it!

  7. Oh, I forgot.... I have had my students eat their apples then save the seeds to glue to strips of paper or make a tally sheet of their seed count. Then we graph the seed numbers ( how many had 0, 1, 2, 3, etc. seeds) and compare. Also make apple pies with ingredient measurements, cutting pies fractions so two pies can feed the whole class.
    We also did poetry writing, art, literature and the senses, in addition to the math.

    1. Awesome! There are literally millions of ideas--thanks for sharing yours. I could probably spend all day posting ideas, but then I don't know how many people would want to read all that ; )

  8. What a fun way to approach the challenge--with math problems. I enjoyed your creative post!

    Slithers of Thought (WR)

  9. Hi, love apples. Great ideas. My daughter is in fourth grade. I might see how many juiced apples make a gallon? Thanks. Check my blogs out too

  10. Well, I've only seen two apple posts today, which is much better than last year where I came across a dozen or so within the same number of blogs.

    What about "how much force does it take to squash the apple?" Maybe that's too much physics, though.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I didn't want to do apples, but since my blog was educational, I couldn't help it. : )

  11. What a great job on the first A to Z post! I think math teachers with edible teaching tools are the best! Keep up the good work...on all fronts!!!

  12. You know how to make math fun! I wish more teachers had that ability.

    Thanks for stopping at my blog :)

  13. Stopping by from AtoZ. Great ideas about math and apples. I always love finding creative ways to teach.

  14. These are some great ways to use apples to teach math concepts. As a homeschooling mama, I'm always looking for fun ways to teach concepts. I can't wait to see what else you share this month!

    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

  15. Lots of great ideas for apples. I bet an apple a day for the challenge would do us all good. Glad that Arlee sent me over. I'm a new follower.


  16. I'll be homeschooling my husband's and my future children... these are fantastic ideas! I'll need to remember these! Thank you--great post. :)

    Living in the Light

  17. Following from Arlee's shout out at the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. could do something with sets, min, max, avg #s of seeds in side a group of apples.

  18. Very creative approach to math. And with very healthy potential. You are off to a great blogging start. It took me two months to get where you are now. Congratulations!

    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

  19. Great post! I am a teacher (got my MA at BYU!)and can't wait to pass your ideas along! Can I suggest your blog to the teachers at my school?

    Enjoy the Challenge!

  20. Awesome. My kid loves apples. I wonder if she'll realize she's doing math having this kind of fun.

  21. These are great ideas Lucy! I am seriously so excited to put your ideas to work with my kiddos.

    A fun apple fact for young kids (toddlers / preschoolers) is to guess how many seeds are in an apple. Always five ... and if you cut the apple in half horizontally, those five form a beautiful star that you can use to talk about shapes and simple art stamping activities.

    And WOW - look at you go with your members and comments! Fabulous job.

  22. Thank you so much for these ideas!! My daughter and I both find Math...challenging...I can't wait to try some of your ideas this week with her. Thank you!!

    ~The Good Twin @

    1. I'd love to hear how it works out. Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Excellent tips! Thanks for all the lovely ideas! (And who DOESN'T love apples! lolz) :)


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