Are Apples Round?
Peakles and I love this month’s book for the Virtual Book Club which is 10 Apples up on Top by Dr Suess. This was one of our favourite books when Peakles was a toddler. She loved joining in and became obsessed with apple counting in the supermarket! She still loves this book and really enjoyed our activity too!
Using Apples to Talk About Shapes
We decided to take a good look at our bag of 10 apples from the market and see if they were all the same shape. This would lead to some interesting conversations about basic mathematics around 2D and 3D shapes plus we got to eat them too!
Materials & Equipment
10 different apples pictures of an apple other fruit
paper sharp knife (adult supervision needed) paint
Looking at Our Apples
First, we talked about the pictures of apples we had, including the apples in the book, apples in magazines and online as well. Then we thought they looked like solid circles and were flat as well. We talked about similarities and differences between 2D pictures of a circle and an apple.
Next, we looked at a single apple and noted it was a round shape, a sphere that was similar to a ball. We talked about how it dipped at the top and the bottom where the stalk and flower had been. Peakles also noted that it had bumps on the side as well. We also noted that each apple was a different size and had different colours and bumps. We then looked at the book and saw that all the apples in the book were different sizes and shapes too!
Making Apple Prints
First, we took two apples and decided to cut them in half. One apple was cut around the middle and the other was cut in half from the stalk to flower. We noted that the apple pips in the centre looked different. The apple that had been cut around the middle looked like a star shape in the centre. The apple that had been cut lengthways from stalk to flower had a more oval shape in the middle.
Next, we dipped our apple halves in the paint and then pressed them onto the paper. We saw that the prints were different as well. The apple cut in half around the middle made a circular print and the apple cut lengthways made a shape more like a heart or butterfly.
Finally, we had great fun making a printed art paper to put on our wall!
We loved reading the book again and doing this activity, which is a great way to introduce mathematical terms when describing 2D and 3D shapes to youngsters!
Virtual Book Club 2016-2017
Peakles and I are thrilled to be a co-host for the Virtual Book Club organised by Rainy Day Mum, The Educators Spin on It and Toddler Approved. Join us on a weekly basis, where we read a book and do a related activity as well.