An apple theme is always a
love to eat them and there is so much you can do with an apple. They lend
themselves to many different science and discovery activities and cooking
fun! This is a great theme to explore in the fall if you live in the
northern states when apple picking is at it best. A trip to a local apple
orchard is a must!
Language & Literacy
Autumn Is for Apples (Pictureback(R))
How Do Apples Grow?
I Am an Apple (Hello Reader Science Level 1)
The Apple Pie Tree
The Apple Bird (Cat on the Mat Books)
Apple Picking Time (Dragonfly Books)
Big Red Apple (level 1) (Hello Reader)
Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple
Cut or draw a large
apple shape from tag board. Ask the children to describe an apple
using all of their sense. Encourage them to use descriptive words.
What does it small like, look like, feel like, taste like? Write
their words on the apple shape. Encourage the children to use the
list when exploring apples or writing about them in their journal.
Help children practice positional words. Draw a
picture of a tree on poster board and hang it on a wall or use it at
a table. Cut several apple shapes from construction paper. Spend
time working with each child and ask them to place the apples in the
appropriate place. Next to, under, beside, above, on, and in front.
These are important words for children to understand so they are
able to follow directions well. (Another idea would be to do this
activity outside with real apples and a real tree.)
Songs, Poems, &
|Ten Red Apples
Ten red apples growing on a tree,
Five for you and five for me.
Help me shake the tree just so,
And ten red apples fall down
One, two , three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Peel an apple,
Cut it up,
Put it in a pot.
When You taste it,
You will find
Martha T. Lyon
Math & Number Concepts
Apple Color Sorting-
You can use real or paper apples. (I suggest real if you can do
this.) All you need is red, green, and yellow apples cut from construction
paper and three baskets, one for red apples, one for green apples, and one
for yellow. If you are using paper apples you can make the baskets
yourself with paper plates cut in half and stapled together. Label the
baskets with the color words. (I add a handle by cutting the rim of a
paper plate and stapling it to the top. I also color them brown to lock
like a basket. I save them and use them over again with other activities.)
The paper plate baskets can be hung on the wall to make this a interactive
bulletin board type activity. Have the children sort the apples into the correct
baskets based on color. You could also do this to sort apples by size and
create other appropriate apple cut outs.
Discuss the shapes apples come in. Some are oval, some are round.
Use real or cut out apples for the children to compare and contrast with.
Have shapes for them to order from smallest to largest and visa versa.
Apple Count! A file Folder
Game... Divide a file folder up into ten squares. Write a number in each
square and add that many apples to the square- draw them or use small
apple stickers or a rubber stamp of an apple. On another sheet of paper
cut out ten apple slice shapes and draw seeds on them like they would
look on a real apple slice, cut them out. Let the kids take turns
placing the corresponding apple slice in the appropriate box to match
the numbers of apples with the number of seeds on the apple slice.
Apple Seed Count! A game
you can make… Cut ten large red apple shapes from construction paper.
Cut ten smaller white shapes to be the inside of the apple. Glue the
white shapes to the inside of the apple so it looks like a cross
section. Program them with the numbers one to ten (write the number word
too) then glue on small seed shapes cut from black construction paper
according to what number is on the apple. Laminate or cover with clear
contact paper. Either cut more seeds from construction paper or save
real ones from some apples. Have the children count them out and place
them on the seeds on each card.
Apple Favorites- Have a taste test
and graph which type of apple is everyone's favorite.
Apple Basket Count-
Print our Apple
Basket Activity sheet, give the children small apple stickers or small
apple die cuts. Encourage them to glue or stick the appropriate number of
apple in each basket.
Apple Finger Paintings- Cut apple
shapes from large pieces of finger-paint paper for children to finger
paint on with red yellow or green finger paint.
Apple Tree Pictures-
Supplies: Red or stamp pads. Tree
Directions: Demonstrate to the
children how they can make their fingerprints on the tree to make it
look like a tree full of apples.
Apple Stamp Pictures- (Canvas bags
or sweat shirts would be cute too!)
Supplies: Apples cut in half through top, red
paint (fabric paint for bags and sweatshirts), paper or bags or
sweatshirts, remember to place paper inside sweatshirts if you are
Directions: Have kids dip the cut side of an
apple into the red paint and press it on the item they are painting.
*Stamp on grocery bags cut to a large
rectangle shape. Laminate and use as fun fall placemats.
Apple Mosaic Pictures-
Supplies: Small paper
plates, small red squares of construction paper in different shades of
red if you have them, green construction paper (for leaf shape), and a
brown rectangle piece of construction paper for the stem, glue.
Directions: Have the
children tear the paper into small pieces. (Great for fine motor
development.) Then have
kids glue the pieces of construction paper to the paper plate trying to
cover the whole thing with the colored paper, then have them glue on the
leaf and stem.
Add pie tins a plastic apple fruit to the kitchen area
or cut apple shapes from felt.
We cut pieces of tan felt to fit the shape of the pie tins so the
children could pretend to bake a pie. Provide recipe cards, aprons,
child sized rolling pins, shakers (empty), and any other kitchen item
that will enhance the children's creativity. Pick up some pie boxes from
your local bakery!
BEST SELLER! Deluxe 24-Piece Pretend Play Play Food Set for Children
Also wooden crates, plastic apples, and canvas bags
would make a fun addition to this center. Check with your local orchard
to see if they have an materials they could donate.
Music & Movement
Sing and act out the song Farmer Brown Had Ten Green Apples!
This is a great song for practicing
following directions, listening, and number concepts.
It is also available on the CD Growing Up With Ella Jenkins
Sing and act out the
song Fruit Salad
It is also available on the CD Yummy Yummy
(You can Download the MP3 Clips,
Click the link to go to Amazon.com)
In the science center have several different kinds of apples out for the
children to look at, small, touch, and even taste. Encourage them
to look closely at the seeds and skin of the different apples and compare and
contrast them. What else do they wonder about apples? Show them an apple
cut through the center horizontally, can they see a star shape? Hang a
poster of the life cycle of a tree and discuss with the children where
an apple comes from.
Apple Product Classifying-
See if the children can name other foods that apples can be made into, it
would be great to have some samples of them too. Cut food pictures from
magazines and see if the children can divide them into groups of things
made with apples and things not made with apples.
Apple Pie Play Dough- Make
red and tan play dough. Add
cinnamon and cloves to the play dough to give it an apple pie sent. Give
the children small pie tins to pretend to make apple pies.
Lifecycle Apple Puzzle
Blocks & Building
Add play farm toys,
trucks, and trees to the block area for the children to create an
apple orchard. Make small apple shapes from Crayola Model Magic Deluxe Variety Pack clay
(let dry) for the
children to use as props. (Or have the children make them.)
Puzzles, Games &
Use small fruit items for
children to sort, count and pattern.
Guidecraft Mini Playmarket Baskets (G331) Mini-Fruits
Wormy Apples Game
Let's Explore The Farm with Buzzy
Visit Sesame Street where kids can do Food Art with their
Supplies: Three to Four
sweet apples, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, sauce pan.
Directions: Quarter, core
and peel apples. Cut the quarter pieces in half and put them in the
saucepan. Add the water and cinnamon and simmer covered, until the
apples are tender (about 20 minutes). Have the kids mash the cooked
apples with a potato masher or put them in a blender. Chill and eat.
Makes 6 servings.
Apples with PNB and sprinkles, or
chocolate chips- Core the apples and slice to make doughnut shapes,
spread PNB on a side and sprinkle with cake sprinkles or chocolate
Caramel Apples- They have really
easy kits you can buy at the grocery stores to make these... the caramel
comes all flat in a round shape you just peel it off and wrap it on the
apple. The kids love this! Then pop them in the oven or microwave.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins– Purchase
the mixes where all you add is milk! The kids could even help make them.
Apple Tacos- Slice apples thin,
butter a soft taco shell, place apple slices on shell, sprinkle with
cinnamon and sugar. Microwave for a few seconds just to warm. Yummy!
Kids can make these too.
Apple Pie- Individual pies can be
made to using a large muffin pan.
"You're the Apple of
My Eye" - Hang children's work under this title with a small
apple shape next to it with their name on it.