Apples are one of the most popular thematic units for fall. This year, add some new hands-on activities to your classroom. Here are some of our favorite super cute apple activities for Early Childhood Educators that line up with early learning standards.
Use this fun experiment to talk about bubbles, surface tension, water tension, surfactants, and more. Write about your experiences and observations on a huge chart paper for a shared writing activity.
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With just a few felt apples and the book, Ten Red Apples your students will be counting and ordering the numbers 1-10. Set this activity in your literacy station for a quiet time math collection or have each child make their own apple counting tree to take home and practice their numbers.
via Pre-K Pages
Print this cute set of apple number cards and set them up in a pocket chart. Math the number to the number word, put the cards in numerical order, or set up simple number sentences. There are so many poosibilites!
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Make this apple sensory bin for fine-motor play and creative exploration. Add some measuring cups to let the kids practice pouring. Some preschoolers could play with these bins for hours! We like to set our bins on a large table cloth to contain the mess. Too messy? Put the fillers into bottles and make an eye-spy bottle instead.
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Get your kids stamping and learning about the letter A with this cute DIY letter A stamp and apple craft. Encourage the children to say the /a/ sound every time they stamp an A!
via Mini Monets and Mommies
Welcome to the apple factory! In this center, children will weigh, count, wash and pack pretend apples. Leave it out all week and write down your observations on how well children work together, how they use the scale, and the vocabulary they use.
via Munchkins and Moms
Connect science, literacy, and fine motor development with this story re-telling activity. Buttons, beads, or pom poms will work in leu of the gems pictured.
via Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Activate children’s sense of smell and touch with this delicious apple scented playdough. Make a batch and set it out on a table next to some letter flashcards. Encourage children to roll and make the letters with the playdough.
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You won’t believe how easy these apple mini books are to assemble. All you need is red construction paper, white or lined paper for inside, a scissor to make the shape and a staple to put it together. The kids can free write about apples, make an apple vocabulary booklet or follow your instructions for a sight word apple story.
via Creative Family Fun
This is a great project to send home with a parent who wants to volunteer, but cannot make it to school during the daytime hours. Send the supplies home in a large plastic bag with a little note on how to make it and a sample one that has been pre-made. I like to give parents a week to complete these type of activities.
Young children need many opportunities to interact with a variety of art materials. Dip and stamp and orchard! This craft is quick to set up and easy to do in small groups of 5 or less. Tie in math patterns by offering red and green paint.
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Children adore stickers! Make a copy of this letter tree and encourage them to match the uppercase letter to the lowercase. No stickers? Have children use a red dot-marker and stamp the letters in ABC order.
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Have space on your buletin board? Make this interactive sight word tree. Call out a sightword during circle time and let your children “pick” the correct apple.
via The Educators’ Spin On It
Are your students ready for building consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words ? This mat creates the perfect apple themed place for word building. Two levels of playing cards are included in this free printable; pictures with words and just pictures.
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Just for parents: In case you are wanting to make your child’s teacher a special apple treat – I’m sure this home-made apple ornament via Fireflies and Mudpies would receive 5 stars! Tuck in a gift certificate to a local teacher store or coffee shop!
Amanda Boyarshinov is an Early Childhood National Board Certified master teacher of Reading
Education K-12 and one of the bloggers behind the parenting and education site: The Educators’ Spin On It. She has worked as a teacher in diverse classrooms and has experience with English Language Learners. She enjoys inspiring other parents and teachers worldwide through her creative, inventive writing. Her writing has been published in Parents Magazine, Sylvan Source, and Nat Geo online.