Apple Fractions and Tasty Snack

Apples are one food my kids can always agree on eating. Today I decided to put an educational spin on snack time today and talk about fractions with my kids. Keep in mind that my oldest just started kindergarten and my youngest is in preschool. This is a topic they both were eager to learn about because I told them that we’d be making a tasty treat with the apples once we were done using them to learn.

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Apple Fractions

This lesson was easy, easy, easy!!!!

  • First, I showed my kids a whole apple.
  • After that, I cut the apple in half and talked about that two halves make one whole. They thought it was really cool to put both of the halves back together.DSC_3513
  • Next up was fourths. I cut another apple in half and then cut the halves in half again. Here they discovered that two of the fourths were the same size as one half.
  • I used an apple cutter to slice the apple into eight pieces. My kids realized that the pieces of these apples were smaller. I explained that the more pieces the apple is cut into that the smaller the pieces become.DSC_3512

Appleseed Math

Using the center of the apple left over from the pieces cut into eighths, I had my children make a prediction about how many seeds were in an apple. My daughter thought one seed (which seems appropriate because many fruits have one seed) and my son predicted five. I broke open the apple and we counted the seeds. We discovered that the apple we used had six seeds.


Apple Counting

So simple…. I had my kids count how many apples were in the bowl. I then posed basic subtraction problems like, “If I took two apples away how many would be left?” I had them take away the apples and count how many remained.


Apple Tasty Treat

We certainly didn’t want to waste the apples so we needed to eat them. My kids were so pumped when I told them they were going to be spreading peanut butter on the apples and placing mini chocolate chips on top. Of course (before I could finish my sentence) they wanted to know if they would be allowed to eat some of the chocolate chips.

I gave each child a bowl of peanut butter, another bowl with mini chocolate chips, a butter knife and some apple slices. After they spread the peanut butter on the apple I gave them a number to count out and then place on top of the apple slices. This not only helped reinforce counting skills but they used fine motor skills to pick up the tiny pieces of chocolate.


(My kids also suggested using Nutella with white chocolate chips or caramel sauce. Looks like we will be trying that soon!)

This lesson was a hit with my kiddos. I loved that it was inexpensive, quick (I had all of the ingredients and materials in my fridge or pantry), educational and filled their bellies with a nutritious snack.

Fall is the perfect time to head to an apple orchard to go apple picking. If you live in Columbus, Ohio check out my list of local apple orchards by clicking HERE.

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Interested in other apple activities to do with your kids? Look at all of these exciting ideas by fellow bloggers for a apple mini unit perfect for kindergartners:

Apple name printable by P is for Preschooler

Apple Fingerprint Art by Kidz Activities

Fine Motor Color Matching Apple Sensory Bin by The Resourceful Mama

Fun Fall Apple Tree Reading Log by Books and Giggles

Apple Song for ESL Students

Apple Alphabet Match by Adventures of Adam

Kindergarten STEM Apple Activity {with Free Printable} by Something 2 Offer

Apple Picking Field Trip Activities by Rainy Day Mum

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    • localbusybees says

      Adventures of Adam- thanks so much! My kids always love when they can play with food (and eat it) so it seemed like a natural way to pack in some learning. Using items they can touch and move really helps to make the learning stick. 🙂

  1. says

    This is an awesome way to work on fractions – definitely keeping it in mind for when my daughter starts working on that in school! (Edible learning is usually her favorite kind, lol!)

    • localbusybees says

      Emma- my kids and elementary students love when they see me getting out any food items. This is a conversation and activity we will continue to have!

  2. says

    Great idea to do a fraction learning activity with apples! My kids find it so difficult to visualise fractions, so I think I’ll be showing them hands on this way, like you did, to help them get the concept 🙂

    • localbusybees says

      Theresa and Shannon- my kids have been requesting for me to cut their apples in fourths one day, halves the next, etc. I’m glad they are using this terminology! 🙂

  3. says

    Visiting from Made for Kids – I love how you incorporated so many math topics into something as simple as apples. It sounds like your kids got a lot out of it!

    • localbusybees says

      Thanks for stopping by Kate! I love that this lesson is one that can be repeated so often and hopefully each time they will remember more information. 🙂

  4. says

    What a great way to teach fractions especially for those visual learners! I’ll definitely have my kids practice counting the chocolate chips at snack time. That’s such a great idea! Tell you kids we’ll use Nutella and white chocolate chips. That’s a delicious suggestion! Thanks for linking up at the #Made4Kids Link Party!


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