Personalized Felt Counting Set with Ten Apples Up On Top!

I love creating math activities for kids, especially when I’m able to combine them with literature. We were inspired by one of our favorite counting books, Ten Apples Up On Top!, to make a fun counting set from felt.

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Counting felt set for the story Ten Apples Up On Top~ Buggy and Buddy


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If you’re not familiar with this story, Ten Apples Up on Top! is a Dr. Seuss rhyming book about animals who eventually end up balancing 10 apples on their heads. As a response to the story, I created a felt set based on the book for the kids to use on our own felt board. (Visit this link to see how to make your own felt board~ Homemade Felt Board.)

The felt set includes a photo of both kids, as well as 10 felt apples. Theo is currently practicing how to count to 3. He loves putting his mini-Theo onto the felt board and adding 3 apples on top of his own head! We practice counting each apple as he places it on the board.


Counting Felt Set~ Buggy and Buddy


Lucy is already very comfortable counting, so she’s been using the board to compare numbers. For example, she might place 4 apples on her head and 3 on Theo’s head. Then we talk about things like: Who has more apples? How many more apples does Lucy have? How many apples do Lucy and Theo have altogether? It’s such a great way for her to practice comparing numbers, adding, and subtracting!

How to Make the Felt Set

The felt set was very simple to make. You need some red, green, and brown felt (for the apples), some glue, and a photo of your child printed out on regular printer paper.

Counting Felt Set for 10 Apples Up On Top~ Buggy and Buddy


I took a picture of the kids with their hands on their heads, and then printed it out on some regular copy paper. (Hopefully your printer prints better than ours~ not the best quality, but the kids didn’t seem to mind!) Then, I cut both kids out, put glue on the back of the cut out paper, and glued them to some felt. (This spray glue works great on adhering the photos to the felt without any wrinkles!) Once the photos dried, I cut them out of the felt resulting in some felt-backed photos!


Counting Felt Set for 10 Apples Up On Top~ Buggy and Buddy


Next, I made the apples. I cut 10 apple shapes from the red felt. Then I glued on a brown stem and little green leaf onto each apple. Once they had dried we were ready to play!

This is such a fun set to have at home, and it would also make a great center for a classroom!

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  1. All I can say is…ADORABLLLLLE!!!

  2. I cannot even tell you how awesome this is! I’ve already pinned it to my Apples board to use with my preschoolers next month! Thanks for hosting, too. 🙂

  3. Such a cute activity. I love the idea of using the kids and then putting the apples on top of their heads!

  4. This made me smile, soo sweet and fun! I love that you added their pictures! Very cute!

  5. So cute! I love the personal touch! I bet kids were super motivated to work with their pictures. We are only counting with the nursery rhymes so far.

  6. This is a fantastic activity you have created to go with the book, I love it! Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Kid’s Co-Op. I am featuring this post on my Kid’s Co-Op post this week at Triple T Mum!

  7. Debbie @ says:

    This is a great idea! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at TGIF!

  8. I so love this! It’s just too adorable. I’ll be featuring it on The Sunday Showcase this weekend. Thanks for linking up!

  9. What a creative idea – with so many possibilities for math learning. Thanks so much for linking up at the After School Linky!


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