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Welcome to our 20 Interactive Ten Apples Up on Top Merriment’s!

We have been having so much fun with our Apples Unit this September! 

One of our FAV segment’s is our Ten Apples Up on Top book! Ever since my babes were in diapers, Ten Apples on Top has been a FAV part of our Apple Unit studies. 
When my babes got a bit older, after reading the story I had them stand in front of our yellow door and told them to point to the top of their head. Then I took their pictures, one after another. 

I loaded the pictures up on my computer, 

put them into a document,

and sized them to fit an 8 oz. yellow plastic party drink cup.
I glued each their pictures onto separate cups, one for each child:

They painted egg carton holders red:

and when they were dry, I used my trusty letter opener to poke a hole in the top of each egg cup and each yellow cup:

Using  wooden shish-a-bob skewers, I pushed  a skewer inside the top of the yellow cups. Then my babes TRIPPED around with Ten Apples Up on Top each of their heads: 

We counted, added and did a bit of “take away” subtracting.

Or rummage through eBay’s large selection: 

Ten Apples Up on Top

And NOW here is our Ten Apples Up On Top Apple Count n Color Activity FREEBIE just for YOU: 
We ventured so very MUCH merriment with our Ten Apples Up on Top interactives, and from the looks of it, you out there in webland make merry with your interactives as well. 
For those of you who have just been introduced to Ten Apples Up on Top interactives, or for those who need some quick resources you can print out or perform with your babes, I have put together a list of links of our FAV Ten Apples interactive webland fun for you:


Wow, that is quite a list of Ten Apples interactive adventures! We want to add YOU to our Ten Apples  Interactive Fun list. If your babes have done any of the above Ten Apples Up On Top interactive activities, post a flick in the comment section, or if you know of any MORE Ten Apples Up On Top interactives out there in webland, post the links as well. 
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Welcome to Part 2 of our Ladybug Love Unit! If you missed Part 1, you can dig the scene here: 

Next we did some ladybug counting games. Using our flannelboard ladybugs, we did the following fingerplays:


Five little lady bugs sitting in a tree.

The first one said, “I ‘m glad I’m me.”

The second one said, “I feel great too,”

The third one said, “How about you?”

The fourth one said, “It’s time to fly away,”

The fifth one said, “We’ll talk another day.

Another Version:

Five little ladybugs climbing on some plants,
Eating the aphids, but not the ants.
The first one said, “Save some aphids for me.”
The second one said, “They’re as tasty as can be.”
The third one said, “Oh they’re almost gone.”
The fourth one said, “Then we’d better move on.”
The fifth one said, “Come on, let’s fly!”
So they opened up their wings and they flew through the sky.

Ladybug in the Air

I saw a little lady bug go flying in the air,

But when I tried to catch her, two bugs were there.

Two little lady bugs flew up to a tree,

I tiptoed very quietly, but then there were three.

Three little lady bugs, looking for one more,

I saw one sitting on the ground, and that makes four.

Four little lady bugs, another to arrive,

I saw one landing on a flower, and that made five!

Five little lady bugs all red with black spots too,

I clapped my hands and away they all flew!

Six Hungry Ladybugs

by  Heather Tekavec

Six hungry ladybugs climbing up a tree,
Six hungry ladybugs, can’t you see?

The first one ate just one leaf, soft and green.
The second one ate two leaves, shiny and clean.

The third one ate three leaves, enough to fill her tummy.
The fourth one ate four leaves, every one was yummy.

The fifth one ate five leaves, it took him all day long.
The sixth one ate six leaves, and then the leaves were gone!

Three Little Ladybugs

One little ladybug (hold up one finger)
With spots on its wings,
Landed right beside me (tap sides)
As I played on the swings. (sway forward and backward)
Two little Lady Bugs (hold up two fingers)
Flew around a flower, (move two fingers in a circle)
Then crawled beneath a leaf  (children cup one hand over two fingers)
To nap for half an hour.  (children lay their heads on their hands)


                                               Ladybug Love

Our first ladybug game we played was roll n’ count. My babes rolled the dice, then put the rolled number of ladybugs near their initial on the pocket chart. As you can see, they just kept rolling & counting:

Next we did some ladybug interactive dot counting games with our flannelboard. First I made a large ladybug tagboard master pattern, then using a pencil, traced each piece according  to its count (10 dots, 6 legs, 1 head & 1 body) onto a pre-cut milk filter sheet. Next, I traced each piece with a black Sharpie marker, then colored the appropriate color (black or red) in its proper space. Finally, I glued the head and legs onto the body and let it dry. For added fun, I glue gunned red wiggle eyes on the head in their appropriate place. Then let the fun begin:

While working on our ladybug dots flannelboard, we did the following Ladybug Rhymes & Poems:

Ladybug Lost Her Dots

Little Ladybug on the ground
Doesn’t make a sound.
Looking for her ten black dots
She lost them on the ground.

One black dot
Two black dots
Three block dots
And four.

Five black dots
Six black dots
She’s looking for some more.

Seven black dots
Eight black dots
Nine black dots 
And ten.

The ladybug who lost her dots has found them all again!

Little Red Bug

by Susan M. Paprocki

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here’s a black spot for your suit.

Now you go and have some fun

With your spot, your very first one.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here’s a black spot for your suit.

It’s so nice to own a few,

So enjoy these lovely two.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here’s a black spot for your suit.

We are very pleased to see

How nice you look with all three.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here’s a black spot for your suit.

You might feel that you need more,

So we proudly give you four.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here’s a black spot for your suit.

Heaven, heaven, sakes alive,

Look at you, you’re wearing five!

Ladybug Has Spots

Sing to: The Muffin Man 

Ladybug has 1 black spot,
1 black spot, 1 black spot.
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
Pretty ladybug!

Repeat with 2, 3, 4, etc…

You can do the above activity with your babes using our FREEBIE Ladybug Dot Counting Flannelboard Activity Pattern from our Teacher’s Notebook Shop: 

Here is the link for the milk filters I use to make these bodaciously fun interactive flannelboard activities. (Keep in mind you will have to pre-cut these filters into 8 1/2″  X 11″ sheets for printing):

If you do NOT have any red wiggle eyes, you can get some from Amazon:


Then we did some ladybug dot count number matching on our flannelboard. I placed different dot count ladybugs on the table along with flannel numbers. Each child chose a ladybug, counted the dots and found its corresponding number. We also used our sliding number lines to find the number in rote:

You can make your own Ladybug Dot Number Matching Game with our FREEBIE printable from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

AKGVH Ladybug Dot Number Matching Game

If you do NOT have any felt numbers, you can get some on Amazon:


DIG this adorable Beginners Felt Counting Set you can use with other units as well:


While I could not find the exact slide-n-learn number lines that we have (apparently they have been discontinued) I did find these frog themed slide-n-learn’s from Really Good Stuff:


or maybe these from Lakeshore interest you: 


We also did a pocket chart ladybugs on leaves counting game.

They LOVE it!!!

You can get this game to do with your babes from Making Learning Fun:   

Here is a quick ladybug craft we did some years past when Julian & Sierra were little.

Made from a paper bowl and small paper plate for the wings, these easy to paint & assemble ladybugs have survived the test of time. Every year I put them away in my Spring storage bin until the next Spring and now my grandbabes enjoy them when we study ladybugs:

Well, we hope you enjoyed trippin’ the ladybug scene with us thus far. If you have not as of yet visited our Ladybug Love Activities & FREEBIES Part 1, once again, here is a quick link for your convenience: 

See you next time on Part 3 of our Ladybug Love Activities & FREEBIES! 

Ladybug Love Activities and Freebies Part 3


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