Have you read Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss? It is a lesser-known Dr. Seuss book, but so much fun to read. Big Brother loved it! Written in true Seuss-style, this one is much shorter with fewer words on a page…perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!
Back when I was still in the classroom, my friend and fellow teacher Crystal always had her students cut out ten apples and glue them on top of the character’s head.
Since Big Brother is averse to cutting, I was trying to think of a way to do this activity without having to cut the apples. That’s when I noticed we had an empty egg carton…and those could easily be converted into stacking apples!
So, here’s what you’ll need: an egg carton, a red Sharpie, an empty container (I used an Oatmeal container) and a picture of the characters from the book (see below). This activity evolved once we started it, so I eventually used wooden grilling skewers we had to make the apples stay on top of eachother.
1. Cut the egg carton into individual pieces.
4. Print off this picture to fit the size of your container (just right-click and select “print picture”. I printed an 8×10 to fit our Oatmeal container. You could also just draw the characters as well…or even use a picture of your child!
5. Tape the picture of the characters to your container.
6. I reread the story and let Big Brother act it out by putting the apples on top of the container.
We started off stacking the apples on top of eachother, but eventually he preferred this way.
And Big Brother really enjoyed putting the apples on his head.
7. As we were playing, I got the idea to use grilling skewers to secure them on top of the container. I poked holes through the top of each individual egg carton. It makes for instant fine motor practice too!