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Apple Story: The Little Red House
Materials: Story and Apple
Description: This is a great story that I read to the children at circle time during our apple unit. I first read the story below and then see if the children can figure out the end of the story. After listening to their solutions, I take an apple and slice it horizontally through the middle. The children are amazed when they see the star inside the apple!
The Little Red House
One bright fall morning, a little boy asked his mother, as I know you have asked your mother many times, What can I do, Mommy? His mother, who knows lots of happy things for boys and girls to do, smiled and said, You know, I think this is just the sort of morning to spend looking for the little red house.
What little red house?
asked the little boy. "Oh" replied his mother, "The little red house with
no doors and no windows and a star inside. No doors and no windows and
a star inside? asked the little boy. What kind of house is that?
A very special house! answered his mother. How can I find that little
red house? Asked the little boy.
So the little boy put on the warm blue sweater his mother had knit for him and he started out to visit his grandmother, who lived down the street and around the corner.
As he walked along, he looked very carefully at the houses he passed, in case one of them might be the little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside. He saw lots of houses, but not one of them was red, and every one of them had windows and doors. What a funny house that little red one must be. he thought.
Soon he came to his grandmother's house. It was the white one with green shutters, so he knew it wasn't the one he was looking for. He stood on his tiptoes and rang his grandmother's doorbell. What a lovely surprise! his grandmother said when she opened the door. "Come right in". What brings you out so early in the morning?
Grandma, said the little boy, Mother says this is just the right sort of morning to spend looking for the little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside. His grandmother laughed. Your mother should know, she said, for it was a morning just like this long ago that I sent her out to look for that little house.
How did mother find the little red house? Asked the little boy. As I recall, Mr. Wind helped her. Why don't you go out in my backyard and ask him to help you.
So the little boy went out into his grandmother's backyard. He stood under her big old apple tree and called, Mr. Wind, Mr. Wind, please help me find the little red house with no windows and no doors and a star inside. At that, Mr. Wind, high in the top of the apple tree, chuckled. When he chuckled the leaves whispered together and the branches swayed, and down fell a beautiful big red apple, right at the little boy's feet.
He picked the apple up and looked at it carefully and then began to chuckle, too. Thank you, Mr. Wind, he called, I think I have it! He put the big apple on his grandmother's kitchen table. It's red, and has no doors and no windows, he said, but is it a house and does it have a star inside? Yes, said his grandmother, it is a house, and a very special house it is, too. It is the home for tiny seeds, seeds that can someday grow into strong new apple trees with lots and lots of beautiful little red houses on them.
Then grandma took the
apple and washed it. She rubbed it with a soft cloth until
it shone. She took a sharp knife and cut across the apple.
There, to the little boy's surprise and delight, were the tiny seeds,
nestled safely in a beautiful star.
Materials: Red construction paper, white construction
Description: Draw an apple shape on the red construction paper. Older children can cut their apples out. For the younger children we cut theirs out. Have children glue the red apple to the white construction paper. Next, paint the children hands with green paint. Put their hand prints on the top of the apples for leaves. Let them dry and hang them up for the children to see.
Note: You can use other colors for apples. My students have special needs so I use one color all month long.
Activities & Bulletin Board Ideas
Sponged Apple Shapes
Stained Glass Apples
Recognition and Apple Theme
Materials: Red and any color paper plus glue.
Description: Make 5 apples per child on red
paper using an apple template then cut out. Write child's name on a separate
color in the shape of a worm and glue it on one apple. Hide all apples
in the classroom and have the children find 5 apples including one with
Comments: The children loved it! They counted
to 5 and helped find each others name.
Materials: Construction paper, red, white, green and red tempera paint, glue and black paint.
Description: Children cut a large red apple shape, as well as a leaf and stem of green . Teacher paints child's feet red, press onto a white apple shape then allow to dry. Later add black thumb prints to represent seeds. Children the use glue to assemble the apples and apply leaf and stem. Very nice keepsake!
Comments: Have a washtub of warm soapy water nearby and plenty of towels. Two teachers work best, one cutting and one painting!
Materials: Sand Paper (fine or coarse), crayons (red for apple, green for leaf), apple shape to trace, apple pie spice (cinnamon stick or powdered cinnamon works as well), hole punch and ribbon.
Description: All actions can be age appropriately
Cooking: "Apple Mouth" Snack
Materials: Each child brings in an apple, or the teacher supplies them. An apple cutter that takes out the core and pre slices the apples into equal sections, peanut butter, mini marshmallows, and plastic knives.
Description: After reading a book about apples and discussing them, wash all the apples. The children will watch as you cut the apples up with the special apple slicer. Each child is then given two slices. Let the children dip a plastic knife into the peanut butter and spread it on one side of each apple slice. Each child is then given about 4-5 marshmallows to place in the peanut butter on the apple. The other apple slice will be placed on top. The result looks like a red mouth with teeth inside!
Comments: The kids loved this! It was a great
snack and lots of fun!
Apple HangingsCounting: Apple Fingerplay
Michelle shares this fine motor activity that brightens up the classroom.
Materials: Red, green and yellow construction paper, paper plates,glue, a stem and a leaf made in advance by the teacher.
Description: Read a book about apples to your children. Talk about the different kinds of apples. I always have apples on hand. Have the children pick their favorite color of apple. Next, have them tear pieces of the paper they chose into small pieces. For very young children you may want to demonstrate tearing.
Have them glue with a paintbrush the entire surface of the paper plate, then have them place the pieces of torn paper on the plate.Now, give each child a stem and a leaf to glue on to the apple. Hang the finished, dry, project from the ceiling. A harvest of apples!
Comments: In advance, write each child's name on the paper plate.
Materials: Apples of different size and color and a basket.
Description: Place apples in a basket. have the children sort them by color. Then have the children sort them by their Size, from biggest to smallest. You can do this in many ways. A good extension after a trip to the Apple Orchard.
Apple Observation and Examination
Materials: Apples, magnifying glasses, and string.
Description & Preparation: Thinly slice several apples and dry them in the oven or in a food dehydrator. Place these apples and any seeds you were able to save in the sensory table with magnifying glasses and lacing strings. The children can touch, smell, and see the slices while they lace them on strings or examine them with magnifying glasses.
Comments: This activity also develops fine motor skills by lacing the apples.
Up on Top" Hats
Materials: Brown lunch bags. Paints in yellow, red and green, yarn, leaves cut from green construction paper, small sponges, clothes pins. green or brown yarn (two pieces for each hat) about 12 inches long each.
Description: Teacher rolls up the bottom of a bag to about half-way. Child chooses color of apple he or she wants to make (yellow, red or green). Child holds sponge in clip clothespin and dips in paint. Caution child not to use much paint or the bag will become too wet and tear. Glue two leaves on top of the bag. The teacher punches holes on bottom sides of bag and threads the yarn through, to tie under chin. Our children looked so adorable, the other teacher had to run to the bathroom she was laughing so hard!
Comments: The lunch bags I used were pretty
chintzy, so be careful not to poke through the bottom flat part when rolling
down the top. You can roll the bag either to the inside or outside.
Materials: Step stool, apples and a basket.
Description: Use a ledge or shelf to put the apples on. Children use the step stool to step up, "pick" an apple off the shelf and step down to put it in the basket. I have each student bring an apple at the beginning of apple week. We use the apples for this and several other activities. Then we eat the apples.
Materials: Paint of choice, fingerpaint paper and apple shapes
Description: I cut large apples from the paper and the children use paint to fingerpaint. I like red, green and yellow. When dry add leaves and stem. Hang to decorate the classroom.
Comments: I don't press kids who do not like to finger paint. Offer choice of using a brush etc.
Materials: Red construction paper cut into small apples. You'll need 5 apples per child. Glue on one worm for each apple.
Description: Each child has 5 red apples cut from construction paper, stapled together. Each apple has a worm glued on. On each page the teacher writes:
Art Time is Fun Time!One little worm
Materials: Apples, paint and paper.
Description: A great apple picture is to cut an apple in half length wise, have the child take a bite from the edge of the apple. Dip the apple in paint and press on a piece of paper. Lift the apple up. You have a picture of an apple with a bite taken out of it.
Comments: Children love this! Use the other half for snack, and have an apple of a day!!
Materials: Brown, red and green paint, paint brushes, and construction paper.
Description: Children will paint a tree onto construction paper using the green and brown paint. Then children will dip their fingers into the red paint and print (apples) onto the green leaves. When they are finished, ask the children to count how many apples they put onto their tree.
Comments: You could even use the apple counting activity for transition times. The students could count how many apples for each tree. This is also a good way of boosting self-esteem by sharing their artwork.
Printing: Apple Trees
Materials: Cork tops, red tempera paint, green construction paper, background construction paper and glue.
Description: Preparation: cut out construction paper in the shape of a full tree and have children glue their tree on to a sheet of construction paper. Set out corks and red tempera paint and ask the children to use corks to print "apples" on their tree.
Comments: Have apples for snack time, make apple sauce, take a class trip and go apple picking.
Materials: Construction paper, glue, pictures and apple shapes (stencils).
Description: The teachers made a tree, brown paper for trunk, green for leaves, we did the large bubble type leaf. We gave our kids pictures of themselves and groups then let them cut out apple shapes or helped them with cloud shapes. For the younger kids we cut it out and let them glue it onto the tree picture.
We used brown roll paper painted blue for the sky background. We cut letters to say "The Apples Of Our Eyes" above it. It really promotes the idea that the children are all part of the same group.
Comments: Our center is in the process of being accredited and we are going to centers with mixed ages. This helps with groups.
Materials: Small paper plate, red construction paper, green construction paper and glue.
Description: As part of an apple theme in the Fall, give each child a piece of red construction paper and have them tear it into small pieces. Let them glue the pieces on to a small paper plate, give each child a "stem" cut from the green construction paper to glue on to the top of the plate.
A nice room decoration if you punch a hole in the top of the plate and hang from the ceiling with green yarn or string.
Comments: Gluing with two year olds is best done by pouring glue on to a paper plate and giving each child a q-tip or a brush with which to spread the glue.
Materials: Construction paper or foam, hole puncher, yarn, scissors and tape.
Description: Make an apple for each child. Have red, green and yellow apples with leaves on them and put holes all around the apple. Give each child some yarn and ask them to lace around the apple (put tape on each end of the string to make it easier for them to lace the apple). Ask each child what color there apple is and what color the leaves are that are on it.
Give Me An "A"
Materials: Index cards or paper, marker and tape.
Description: Print the letters or numbers onto the index cards or paper with the marker. Tape several cards throughout the class room. Tell the children what the letter or number is that you want to be brought to you and away they go. If the children are young use an object, such as an apple and have them bring you the letter "A".
Comments: This is fun and quick!
"My Favorite Apple" Graph
Materials: Poster board, green, yellow, and red apples, marker, paper cut outs of red, green, and yellow apples.
Description: On a sheet of poster board, draw three columns and as many rows as you have children. Give each child the opportunity to taste a piece of red, green, and yellow apple. After each child has finished, ask him or her which one they liked best. Have the child attach (with glue, tape, etc.) the apple of his or her choice in the appropriate area on the graph.
When the entire class is done, count the apples, determine which one the class liked best, least, etc..
Tissue Paper Apple
Materials: Small paper
plates, red tissue paper, white glue and
Description: Cut tissue into small squares (about 3/4-1 inch). Make a small "v" cut on edge of a plate. Water down glue and using a paint brush glue tissue onto the plate. When dry trim off any overhanging pieces. Add brown construction paper stem and a green leaf.
Comments: I've heard, if you add a little liquid starch to the glue you will get a shinier finish and who wouldn't want a shinier apple?
Materials: Red, green and yellow apples, plus an apple cutter.
Description: Have children guess (predict) which apples have the most seeds in them and tell you why they think the apple does. Then cut open the apples, count the seeds and see which one has the most. You might want to graph the results before to see which students had the best guess.
Comments: Theorizing, graphing, counting seeds all help incorporate the science and math skills.
Apple With Seeds
Materials: Red paint, small paper plates, glue, green and brown construction paper, leaf and stem pattern and dried apple seeds.
2. Ask children to paint one side of the paper plate red. This will be the outside of the apple. set aside to dry.
3. Children trace, and cut out two leaf and one stem shape out of green and brown construction paper.
4. When the plate is dry, children glue stem and leaves to the top of the paper plate (on the painted red side).
5. On the other side which has remained white (this is the inside of the apple) children can glue their apple seeds into the center of their apple plates. Let dry .
Comments: this project usually takes up to three days (from the letter home through finished project). Instead of sending letter home have apples for snack one day and save seeds. Then tie-ins can include telling the story about the star inside the apple, counting seeds, discussions about fruits with or without seeds.
& Literacy: Apples Up On Top Of Me
Materials: Green, yellow, and red Bean Bags, Book; 10 Apples Up on Top; paper and a marker.
2. During story time read "10 Apples Up on Top"
3. Ask the children, how many apples can you balance on your head?
4. Next, give the children the bean bags, and have children balance one on their head.
5. Give more bean bags to the children who need more.
6. Record on a graph the number of bean bags each children had.
7. Hang up the chart for all to look at, and have children count the number of bags each child had on their head.
& Apple Food Project:
Materials: Story of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
Description: Read the story before you do
2. Mirror, mirror on the wall? Look in the mirror and discuss your facial features. Ask: Where are your eyes, above your nose. How does your mouth look when you are grumpy? Happy?
3. Lay out all the fruit. Ask children: What can we use as grumpy eyes? Mouth? How can we make him look grumpy. Sad? Happy?
4. Suggestions for facial features: Mouth:
Enjoy with big glass of fruit juice.
Comments: Kids love food projects and many have never even tried all the different fruits out there. Good food exploration project.
Materials: green, yellow, red apples
Description: Show the children the different colored apples and ask them which one they think they would like best and why. Graph the results.
Comments: As an extension, cut the apples, give them to the children and see if they like the same apple as they picked in the first activity. Complete the graph with these results.
Materials: Grape, apple, and orange juices and a chart for graphing.
Description: Ask children tell you what juice they like best. Then, give them each a taste of the above juices without telling them what kind they are drinking. Now, ask them to tell you which one they liked best. Graph the results.
For the 3's you might want to give only 2 choices. For our 4's we blindfolded them before tasting and gave them 3 choices.
Comments: The blindfolding was fun for them but some children did not want to be blindfolded. They loved this. We did it in the beginning of the year as it developed trust too!
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