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Apple Activities
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  1. Apple with a Worm
  2. Apple Dancing

An Apple Story: The Little Red House
Gina shares this story that she reads each October to the youngsters in her class.

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.
Well, you might walk over to Grandma's house and see if she could help you, suggested his mother.

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.

Handy Apples
Help special needs children who are tactically defensive with this preschool activity by Kelly H.

Materials: Red construction paper, white construction paper and
green tempera paint.

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.

apple bulletin board ideasApple Activities & Bulletin Board Ideas
Here are 3 art and craft projects from Robyn B.

Sponged Apple Shapes
Cut out apple shapes from sponges. Cut out different sizes to add interest for the children's art. Have the children sponge paint "apples" using red, green and yellow paint to represent the different colors of apples. You could extend this project by having the children sponge apples onto a large butcher paper "tree". When the apples are dry, you can use the tree as a bulletin board to brighten up your classroom. 

Apple Puzzles
Cut out an apple shape about the size of a paper plate and then cut it into 4 or 5 pieces that the children can fit together like a puzzle. After the children have put their "puzzle" together, have them glue the pieces onto a background sheet and display on a bulletin board.

Stained Glass Apples
Make apple cutouts from construction paper. Cut out the center (to leave a "frame" of sorts). Spread glue on sheets of wax paper, slightly larger than the apple paper. Add red, yellow and green tissue paper squares to waxed paper. Glue apple frame to waxed paper. Dry overnight. Peel off waxed paper. Trim excess paper from the edges of the apples. Hang in the window or use on a bulletin board.

apple counting and name recognitionName Recognition and Apple Theme
Combine counting and name recognition with this apple preschool and kindergarten activity by Lesley B.

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 
their name on it. 

Comments: The children loved it! They counted to 5 and helped find each others name.
apple halfSensory: Foot Print Apple
Children practice cutting skills during this sequence activity by Kely R. and experience the feel of paint on their feet. 

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!

Sensory: Apple "Smellys"
Children use cutting, fine motor and sensory skills during this craft project
by Sherry.

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 handled.
1. Trace the apple shape onto the sand paper.
2. Have children color the apple shape red, leaf, green.
3. Cut shape out.
4. Punch Hole in top.
5. Tie ribbon through hole.
6. Sprinkle apple with apple pie spice, or scrape  shape with cinnamon stick.
The Children love to feel the scratchiness of the sand paper, and the smell of the spices. Tell them they can give to parents to put in cabinets. Hang on door knobs, or any special place that you want to smell like Autumn or Fall.

Cooking: "Apple Mouth" Snack

Children learn about apples during this fine motor and cooking activity by Trisha M.

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!
Applesauce recipes and more cooking experiences are in the
Food and Nutrition Theme.

Counting: Apple Fingerplay
Shared by Debbie L

Ten little apples, high in a tree.
   hold up ten fingers over head
Five for you and five for me.
   hold out one hand, then the other
Let us shake the tree just so,
   pretend to shake the tree
And ten red apples will fall below.
   count on fingers 

Apple Hangings
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.

apple sorting ideaApple Sorting Idea
Jana M. idea helps young children learn to sort by size and color.

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.

Science: Apple Observation and Examination
B. Roberts shares this sensory and science activity.

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.

"Apples Up on Top" Hats
Joy W. promotes fine motor skills and pride in one's own creativity during this preschool and kindergarten activity. 

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.
dramatic play ideaApple Picking
Even toddlers can engage in this dramatic play idea by Kathy K. Young children pretend to practice picking apples as they count and use gross motor skills stepping up and down.

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.

Fingerpaint Apples
Kathy K. contributes this sensorimotor activity for toddlers and young children.

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.

apple worm5 Little Worms
Promote counting with this language and literacy activity by Mrs. C.

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:

 One little worm
 Takes a peek outside.
 It sees________________ ,
 Then pops back to hide!

 Two little worms
 Take a peek outside.
 They hear ____________,
 Then pop back in to hide!

 Three little worms
 Take a peek outside.
 They taste ____________,
 Then pop back in to hide!

 Four little worms
 Take a peek outside.
 They touch ____________,
 Then pop back in to hide.

 Five little worms
 Take a peek outside.
 They smell _________________
 Then pop back in to hide.

apple half Art Time is Fun Time!
During this activity by Kathy preschoolers create apple prints and have a snack too!

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!!

Apple Tree Printing
Nikki suggests this art activity to help develop young children's counting skills.

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.

Cork Printing: Apple Trees 
Two year old children use fine motor skills and corks to create apples in this art activity by Phyllis.

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.

ideaSchool Bulletin Board
Cheryl R. promotes cutting skills, taking turns and children's understanding that everyone works together during this apple art idea.

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.

Art: Apple Collages
Phyllis suggests this art project for very young children that contributes to classroom decorations during an apple theme.

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.

Apple Lacing
Young children learn how to lace in and out and to tell the colors and shape of apples during this activity by Rhea D.

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.

Game: Give Me An "A"
Jennifer encourages youngsters to recognize letters or numbers and develop memory skills during this game that can be included in an Apple Theme.

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!

Graphing: "My Favorite Apple" Graph
Young children develop math and counting skills during this apple lesson by Michelle B

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..

Art: Tissue Paper Apple
Children use small motor skills during this apple art activity by Debbie B.

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?

Apple Science
During this early childhood activity by Lynn A. children use the science skills of prediction and observation to find out what color apples have the most seeds in them and theorize why.

 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.

Art: Apple With Seeds
Ann contributes this art project for an apple theme. Don't forget to look for the star as children cut apples different ways.

Materials: Red paint, small paper plates, glue, green and brown construction paper, leaf and stem pattern and dried apple seeds.

1. send a note home with the children (a day or two before you plan 
to do this project) asking them to bring in several dried seeds from an apple.  It's a good idea to have an extra supply of apple seeds at school.. for those who may need it.

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.

Counting  Apples
A fingerplay

Five red apples
Hanging on a tree    five fingers held up
The juiciest apples you ever did see!
The wind came past
And gave an angry frown     shake head and look angry
And one little apple came tumbling down.
Four red apples, etc.

Kathy K. suggests using 5 red apple shapes cut from flannel or 5 real apples and recite the finger play using the 5 red apples as props and an aid for counting.

Counting & Literacy: Apples Up On Top Of Me
Promote counting with this activity by Teresa G. which allows children to count the number of bean bags on their head, on other children's heads, and reading a chart on the number of bean bags.

Materials: Green, yellow, and red Bean Bags, Book; 10 Apples Up on Top; paper and a marker.

1.  Gather materials and put out on the floor by the teacher

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.

Literacy & Apple Food Project:
"How do you feel today?"
Trina S. gives children an opportunity to talk about their feelings during this apple theme activity.

 Materials: Story of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

 Food Project
1 red or yellow apple, sliced in half and cored  (1/2 apple for each face)
5 tbsp. low fat whipped cream cheese or smooth peanut butter
Small bananas, sliced in thin circles
Seedless grapes, sliced lengthwise
Small can of mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Melon, or cut into 1 1/2 inch triangular pieces
Spreading knife
Small mixing bowl
Wooden spoon and a mirror

Description: Read the story before you do this lesson
1. Cover the non flat side of the apple with edible glue - cream cheese or peanut butter. (If use peanut butter spread very thin)

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: mandarin oranges,
Eyes: red grape or raspberries,  Hair: coconut, Hat: Melon triangle topped with a blueberry.

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.

Graphing: Comparing Apples
Compare the types of apples children like best based on color and graph the results during this apple activity by Lynn A.

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.

Juice Tasting Graph
Young children explore the sense of taste and determine which juices they like best as they and Lynn A. graph the 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!

The Apple Tree
A traditional fingerplay for Fall

Away up high in an apple tree.
    Point up.
Two red apples smiled at me
    Form circles with fingers.
I shook that tree as hard as I could
    Pretend to shake a tree.
Down came those apples.
And mmmmmmm, were they good!
    Rub tummy.



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