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Preschool Apple activities are used so often in preschool, so here is a page dedicated to apples! This theme is endless in the possible activities and adventures your preschoolers can participate in!
This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your Preschool Apple Activities Theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Art
Stained "Glass" Apples
Materials Needed: waxed paper; red, yellow and green tissue paper; white glue; paint brushes; construction paper (red, green and white); apple shape stencils; scissors; crayon or marker
In advance cut out waxed paper into apple shapes (2 for each child). Also, make an apple shaped frame stencils by cutting them out manilla folders or tagboard
Have the children brush glue onto both pieces of the waxed paper apple shapes. Put one piece aside.
The children then tear or cut the tissue paper into small pieces and stick onto one piece of the glued waxed paper (you can also have these pieces precut for them, but cutting or tearing is a GREAT fine motor exercise for them!).
The children then place the other glued piece of waxed paper on top of the one they just put tissue paper on.
The children use your stencil to trace out an apple frame and cut it out (I have typically cut these out in advance for them) using red, green or yellow construction paper.
Glue the frame onto the waxed paper shapes.
Hole punch, add yarn and hang from windows or tape to windows!
Apple Core Painting
On a day that you are exploring apples, save the cores to use at the art table to paint with!
Provide the children with fingerpaint and fingerpaint paper. Put the paint in shallow trays. Use the cores to roll in the paint and then roll or stamp onto the paper.
Materials Needed: Apple seeds and other seeds (sunflower, etc.); heavy paper (tagboard, poster board, etc.) and glue.
The children use the glue to make designs on their paper with seeds.
Materials: Small white paper plate for each child; red, green and yellow tissue paper; glue in a shallow tray.
Have the children tear and glue tissue papers all over their paper plates. They can use paper stems for the top of their apples (cut out of brown construction paper).
Sponge Paint Apples
Materials Needed: Sponges cut into apple shapes; red, green and yellow paint in shallow trays and paper.
No instructions needed! Have at it!
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Block Center Ideas
Add mini apples, leaves, eater grass and toy trucks to your block area for some apple farm fun!
Look for local cultural ideas from your area for ways to theme up your block area. Preschool apple activities my not include orchards or farms. Perhaps yours will focus on the local produce department of the grocery store!
Also, add many non-fiction books to enhance your preschool apple activities theme throughout your classroom.
Preschool Apple Activities Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Star in the Apple Story
This is a classic preschool apple activities type of story! The author is unknown to me, but we have enjoyed this story for years!
Materials Needed: One apple and a sharp knife. Use the apple (uncut) as a prop while telling the story. Cut it open at the end of the story!
There was once upon a time a little boy who was tired of playing with his toys and tired of his books and puzzles.
"What shall I do? He asked his mother. And his mother, who always knew fun things for little boys to do, said "Why not go and find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside."
This really made the little boy wonder. Usually his mother had good ideas, but he thought that this one was very strange.
"Which way shall I go?" He asked his mother. "I don't know where to find a little red house with no doors and no windows".
"Go down the lane past the farmer's house and over the hill," said his mother, "and then hurry back as soon as you can and tell me all about your journey."
So the little boy put on his hat and his jacket and started out. He had not gone very far down the lane when he came to a merry little girl dancing along in the sunshine. Her cheeks were like pink blossom petals and she was singing like a robin.
"Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy.
The little girl laughed. "Ask my father the farmer," she said. "Perhaps he knows."
So the little boy went on until he came to the great brown barn where the farmer kept barrels of fat potatoes and baskets of yellow squashed and golden pumpkins. The farmer himself stood in the doorway looking out over the green pastures and yellow grain fields.
"Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?" asked the little boy of the farmer. The farmer laughed too. "I've lived a great many years and I never saw one," he chuckled, "but ask Granny who lives at the foot of the hill . . . She knows how to make homemade cookies, taffy, and popcorn balls . . . and red mittens! Perhaps she can tell you."
So the little boy went on farther still, until he came to the Granny sitting in her rocker on her front porch. She had lots of wrinkles and a big smile on her sweet face.
"Please, dear Granny, said the little boy, "where shall I find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?"
The granny was knitting a red mitten and when she heard the little boy's question, she laughed so cheerily that the wool ball rolled out of her lap and down to the little stone path.
"I should like to find that little house myself," she chuckled. "It would be warm when the frosty night comes and the starlight would be much prettier than a candle. But ask the wind who blows about so much and listens at all the chimneys. Perhaps the wind can tell you."
So the little boy took off his cap politely to the granny and went on up the hill rather sadly. He wondered if his mother, who usually knew almost everything, had perhaps made a mistake. The wind was coming down the hill as the little boy climbed up. As they met, the wind turned about and went along, singing beside the little boy. It whistled in his ear, and pushed him along and dropped a pretty leaf into his hands.
"I wonder," thought the little boy, after they had gone along together for awhile, "if the wind could help me find a little red house with no doors, and no windows and a star inside."
The wind cannot speak in our words, but it went singing ahead of the little boy until it came to an orchard. There it climbed up in the apple tree and shook the branches. When the little boy caught up, there, at his feet, lay a big red apple. The little boy picked up the apple. It was as much as his two hands could hold. It was as red as the sun had been able to paint it, and it had no doors and no windows. Was there a star inside?
The little boy called to the wind, "Thank you", and the wind whistled back, "You're welcome." The little boy hurried back down the lane with the big, red apple in his hand. When he reached his house the little boy gave the apple to his mother. His mother said, "You have found a house with no doors and no windows but where is the star?" His mother took a knife (AT A THIS POINT, START CUTTING AN APPLE CROSSWISE) and cut the apple through the center. Oh, how wonderful! There inside the apple, lay a star holding five brown seeds.
"It is too wonderful to eat without looking at the star, isn't it?" the little boy said to this mother.
"Yes, indeed," answered his mother.
The Adventures of the Apple
Materials: An apple, a piece of paper and a pen
Tell the children they are going to help you write a story. We named ours the Great Apple Adventure! Write down what each child says so that you have it for compiling the book as discussed at the end of this activity!
This is a cooperative story telling technique that the kids LOVE because they are allowed to make it up! Note to you as the teacher: Remember that this is THEIR story, not yours! It will most likely NOT make sense. It may have the apple being given a time out. It may have the apple visiting a hospital. Go with it...children will use make-believe to talk about things that bother them, scare them or simply things on their minds!
I usually prepare the kids by telling them that in our stories, we use our classroom rules--we do not use bathroom words, we do not hurt each other (prevents too much make believe "violence" from happening). Those are the only rules. Try your best, as the teacher, not to tell them what to say next or what should happen next. Enjoy!
This is the story of the Great Apple Adventure! Once upon a time there were some apples that lived at XXXX Preschool. They wanted to go on an adventure. They went outside and they saw....
Have one child fill in the blank.
Continue the story. "The apples saw (fill in what the child just said) and then decided to.... (next child fills in).
This is a story that the children will want you to read over and over to them at circle time!
At the writing table, remind the each child what part of the story they made up and ask them to draw a picture about that one thing.
Use the pictures as the illustrations. Each page is in the order it was told and you write the words each child said on their illustrated page.
Make color copies of the book for each child to take home!
Materials Needed: One apple, knife and cutting board.
Have the children guess how many seeds might be in your apple. Cut open and remove the seeds and count them together.
Great intro to your preschool apple activities theme!
10 Red Apples
10 red apples grow on a tree (hold up both hands up high)
5 for you (place one hand in front of you)
5 for me (place other hand in front of you)
Let's shake this tree, together--like so (pretend to shake the tree)
And the 10 red apples will fall below.
(Count each finger) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
I Like Them All
Apples big (arms out wide)
Apples small (hands close togther)
I like them all!
(Sing to Are you Sleeping).
Apples falling, apples falling
From the tree, from the tree.
Pick up all the apples. Pick up all the apples.
2 Little Apples
2 Little apples hanging on the tree.
2 Little apples looking at me!
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples
And YUM, they were good!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Preschool Apple Activities Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Ingredients and Items needed: apples, peeler, corer (optional), sharp knife (for you to use), plastic knives for children to use, bowl, teaspoons, water, microwaveable bowl
Peel the apples. If you have an apple peeler/corer, even better! They attached to the table and the kids LOVE using it. I got mine from Pampered Chef, but they are available in many kitchen stores.
Cut large pieces of apple using your sharp knife.
Give each child a piece or two of apple and a plastic knife. Teach them how to cut the apples. REMIND THEM TO NEVER PUT THE KNIFE TO THEIR LIPS.
The children place their pieces in a bowl and add some water using a teaspoon.
Microwave a few minutes at a time until the apples are soft and can be squished with a fork.
Add cinnamon and sugar if desired.
Strawberry Filled Apples
Cut apples in half. Scoop out seeds. Add sliced strawberries to the middle. Enjoy!
Have the children help cutting the strawberries and adding them to their own apple.
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Materials: Cash registers and play money, baskets and bins with apples (ask parents for donations)--you can also use artificial apples, paper bags/grocery sacks for the children to carry them in.
Provide the items needed to "make" apple pies! pie pans, meauring spoons and cups, bowls, wooden spoons, trays, menus, oven mits, aprongs and a table and chairs.
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Put red, green, yellow and brown paint at the easel. Hang many pictures of apple trees around your easel and classroom to inspire your budding artists!
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Apple Tree Parachute Game
Have the children all sit in a circle on their knees. Tell them they are apple seeds and they should bend forward with their cheeks on the floor but still sitting on their knees.
Place the parachute over them so their feet are sticking outside of the outer edge of the parachute.
Tell them this is the soil covering them, the seeds.
Now act out, step by step, the seeds growing into a tree.
The seeds get bigger and bigger (they wiggle backward out of the chute, staying on their knees until they are all around the chute).
The seeds are now growing more because they are getting sunlight and water (they all hold the parachute and slowly squat up then stand up).
And now the seeds have grown into trees!
Now place some small, plastic or foam balls on the parachute and say the Apple Tree Fingerplay Poem!
Say the Apple Tree poem and then shake the parachute like crazy!
Apple Tree Poem
Way up high in the apple tree,
Many little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples,
YUM! They were GOOD!
Apple Sort Game
Materials: Three Large Baskets and different colored apples (or large apple shapes of different colors)
Label each basket (use apple baskets if you can find them!) with a colored piece of paper to match the apples.
Place the baskets at one end of the room (or playground area) and the apples or apple shapes on the other side.
The children work together to place the apples in the correct baskets as fast as they can.
Materials: Provide baskets and paper. The children crumple up the paper and then toss it into the basket from different distances!
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
10 Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
How Do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
The Seasons of Arnold's Appletree by Gail Gibbons
Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg
The Very Hungry Caterpiller by Eric Carle
Preschool Apple Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Materials: One apple for each child and a LOT of whole cloves!
Have the children place the pointy part of the clove into the apple! They can make designs in the apples, write their names (you could print their name with a marker and have them cover the lines with cloves). This is a great fine motor activity combined with a counting activity (how many cloves are in your apple or count out 20 cloves to use) and they smell great!
Hi Ho Cherry-O Board Game
This is a great game for fine motor skills and counting! Pretend they are crab apples! If your children still put items in their mouths, this would obviously not be a good choice for your group.
Apple Board Game
Make up your own board game to help your children learn to count and take turns! It can be as simple or as elaborate as you please!
Here's the simple version! Use construction paper to make a path around the paper using apple stickers. Give the children apple shaped erasers to use a game pieces and provide them with a die or dice. You can use colored dice--when the roll green they move to a green apple sticker; or a numbered or dot dice to count spaces.
Small, Medium, Large
Materials: In advance cut out many apples using three different sizes and using three different colors (red, green, yellow).
Place them in your math/manipulatives area.
The children can use these to place in order of small medium large; sort by color; sort by size; count.
Materials: In advance, cut out 10 apple shapes from construction paper (make several sets so several children can do this activity at the same time). Draw apple seed shapes on them in increasing number (1, 2, 3). Laminate.
Provide apple seeds in a cup for the children to place the correct number of seeds on each apple.
Make a large apple tree on a piece of poster board.
Cut out apple shapes from construction paper (use apple colors!). Write a number on each apple. Laminate the apples and add velcro to the backs. Add velcro to random places on the apple tree.
The children place the numbers on the tree. You can do this at circle time (give each child an apple and ask "Who has the number 1? Please place it on our tree!). Then, leave this at the math station or in your Library area for the children to use on their own.
EXTENSION: In the past, I've also drawn the corresponding number of dots on the backs of each apple so the children could count the "seeds" OR recognize the number.
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Seed Music Makers
Materials: Small paper plates, markers or crayons, stapler, seeds.
The children decorate the paper plates.
Staple the plates together leaving small opening.
The children add seeds to the opening and you finish stapling it closed.
Use these as music makers for a parade, to use while dancing to music, etc.
Materials Needed: Crepe paper (in apple colors!)
Each child holds the crepe paper strip in one hand. They place their other hand by their side.
"Wrap" them in the crepe paper by having them turn while you old the other side of the crepe paper. Now tell them they are going to "peel" or un wrap!
Follow this up by using the crepe paper to dance with!
Preschool Apple Activities for the Senses!
Add apple seeds and other seeds to your table. Provide spoons and cups for the children to fill! They may want to sort the seeds by type or color or just use it as they would sand!
Add water to the table with different types of seeds! Add water toys and spoons and cups.
Add sand, twigs, green and red sponge pieces and tissue paper to your sand table!
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Place pieces of string or yarn, apples, paper and markers in your science area.
The children choose an apple and wrap the yarn around it to see how wide their apple is. There are many things you can do with the results. You can make a "My Apple Book" (see Writing Activities section at the bottom of this page for this information); have the children cut the string once they measure and tape it to a piece of paper under their name. The children can then compare the different sizes of apples by comparing the strings.
Apple Taste Test
But of course!! Let's try some apples!
In advance, make a chart that has 4 columns. The first column is for the children's names. The next 3 columns are labeled Red Apple, Green Apple, Yellow Apple.
Cut up apples and have the children try one of each. As they try, write yes or no (or happy or sad faces) next to their name under each apple label based on whether or not they liked it.
EXTENSION IDEAS: I LOVE charts! They can be used for so many activities! Use this chart by reviewing the results at circle time. Or, place the chart in your math/manipulatives center for the children to "read" and compare who liked which type of apples.
Materials: Apples (peeled)--1 apple for each child, lemon juice, salt, tooth picks, deep bowl, plate (for salt)
Help the children make shapes in their peeled apple using toothpicks.
When done, dip the apple in a bowl of lemon juice.
Then, roll the apple in salt.
Place on a drying rack (allow air to get to the bottom so it does not rot over time) and label each child's apple so they can watch the progress!
In about 2 weeks, they will dry and be shriveled (dehydrated!). They can then use markers to decorate!
Provide magnifying glasses and all types of apples and apple items for the children to explore such as:
apple seeds, a small jar of apple jelly; different colors of apples; apple sauce; dried apples, apple juice, etc.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Apple Activities Theme!
My Apple Book
Materials Needed: Construction paper, plain white paper, crayons, markers or pencils
Throughout this Preschool Apple Activities theme, you can work with the children to create their own books.
Staple construction paper to many pieces of plain white paper.
Use each page for a different aspect of apples that you have been talking about during the week.
Some ideas are:
My favorite apple is (have them draw and color an apple based on a taste test that you do---see Science Activities section above for details on this).
My apple was this wide (based on measuring apples--idea can be found above in the Science Activities section).
My apple had this many seeds (they draw how many seeds were an apple they cut with you).
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Preschool Apple Activities Theme!
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Field Trips
Take a trip to a farm or a grocery store's produce department!
Preschool Apple Activities Theme Classroom Visitors
Some ideas for visitors:
Farmer, Baker, Grocery Store Produce Manager