Learn to count with fruit! Here’s a beautiful fruit printable for your children that you can use as a poster or as three-part counting cards.
Counting fruit three-part number cards printable
These gorgeous watercolour fruit images make a beautiful poster for your nursery or classroom – and you can use them as three-part counting cards to play counting games.
How to use these three-part number cards
Print the fruit picture on card (see below for details on how to print).
You can use the printable as a poster or cut out the individual squares to make a three-part fruit-themed counting cards game.
If you’re using the cards as a game, you might like to laminate them for extra durability.
The printable has the numbers one through ten and features apples, pears, cherries, kiwis, pineapples, avocados, bananas, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit.
Ways to play with the Counting Fruit Cards
To use the fruit printable as a poster in your nursery or as a counting anchor chart in your classroom, pop it in a frame or tape it to the wall and enjoy! The watercolour fruit are beautiful.
Let’s count to ten
You can use the fruit printable to count out the numbers one to ten.
Set out the fruit printable with some loose parts such as buttons or unit blocks.
Invite your child to count out the correct number of loose parts to match the number of each fruit: one block for one apple…
Use your finger to point to each of the fruit in turn as you count out loud.
Point to the name of each fruit as you say it out loud.
Three-part counting cards
You can cut up the fruit poster to make a set of three-part counting cards: one part with a fruit picture, one part with a digit, one part with the name of the fruit.
Invite your child to match up three cards: the right word and digit to match the picture card.
Children can work alone, in pairs, or as a group to match up all ten variations.
You can add in loose parts here too and count out the correct number blocks for each trio of cards.
Add in an extra challenge by assembling your three-part cards in ascending or descending order.
Try a counting-on game. Match up a trio of cards and then say “I’ve got (3), can you find the cards that are two more?”
Add in some real fruit and turn your fruit counting into a taste test. This is a great way to encourage children to try some new fruits. You can develop lots of vocabulary and descriptive language by talking about the colours, flavours, smells, and tastes of each fruit.
More fruit-themed activities
Planning a fruit-theme unit for your children? Use these fruit-themed activities from the NurtureStore archive:
And find more number sense activities here.
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