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“Ten Apples Up On Top” by Dr. Seuss inspires this self-portrait art and counting project idea


Art, Language Arts, Math, P.E. & Health  


K, 1, 2  

Title – Ten Apples Up On Top
By – Jessica Barrett
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art, Math, PE
Grade Level – K-2

Read the book ” Ten Apples Up On Top ” by Dr. Seuss. Then get some bean bags and practice balancing them on your head! Great Fun!!

  • After reading the book (and possibly bean bag balancing fun) , the children make self-portraits on sandwich-sized paper plates. They often use colored paper for the features and yarn for the hair.
  • Next, we make apple prints on long narrow strips of paper (from a roll). The children decide how many apples they want to balance on their heads and then print that many with apples dipped in paint. They also get to choose if they want to print yellow apples or red apples or both.
  • After they are dry, we attach the long strips of apple print paper to the top of the paper plate self-portrait, as if to imply that the apples are being balanced on a head.
  • The children can count the apples and write the number on the paper if they are old enough.

    Each child seems to enjoy pointing out their head and prints to their parent and most count the apples for the parent.

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