Thursday, October 1, 2009

Apple Activities

We have been spending some time learning about apples in September. Here are some of the books I used and a few activities.

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

With this story, the kids had fun repeating the animal sounds and counting the apples left on the tree.

We took turns removing an apple from the tree with each page in the story. (I used a copy of the apple tree the kiddos colored and placed the construction paper apples I used for patterning later it to take off of the tree.)

We colored our own apple trees and added ten red apple stickers. We also made an apple mobile.

Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSeig (Dr. Seuss)

We completed this cute little book after reading the story, adding apple stickers on top. This was something I copied from a fellow teacher when I taught kindergarten. It was always a favorite. The book is a regular 81/2 by 11 sheet of paper, but you fold it the long way, so it is tall. I copied the pages back to back, so you only have to use 2 pieces of paper. The title page had some clip art apples and says "Apples on Top" by_______. Inside, each page has an animal and the words "1 apple on top" "2 apples on top." etc. up to "5 apples on top." The kids read the number word on the page and add that many apples on the animal's head. (Sorry the picture is so hard to read.)

Another fun book idea that I found was to either photograph each child standing and cut out and glue it to the bottom of the page, or have them draw themselves on the bottom of a large sheet of paper. They then added how many apples on top they wanted (stickers or have them draw the apples) and filled in the blanks. ______ has ___ apples on top. (ex: Andrew has 4 apples up on top.) This is a fun class book. We didn't do this one, so sorry, no picture.

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

We made apple patterns.

We sequenced an apple being eaten.

Little Green Worm Finds a Home

This was a story and activity I found in a Scholastic publication. I found the words to the story posted on the web here. I searched for the book, and found it here but it appears it is out of print.

I had the little pictures to put on my flannel board and word strips with the requirements for little worm's new home. I wanted to buy a piece of each fruit, but didn't get to the store on time. We did cut open an apple to look at the star at least.

We used playdough worms to make the letters of the alphabet that I had printed on apples that were laminated. Sometimes homemade playdough is crumbly and a bit hard to roll out, so I had my 4 year old use this "noodle squirter" tool to make his worms. Then he could just push them together, or break off pieces to get the right lengths.

More apple goodies coming soon...


  1. It's a nice unit! I like the idea of letters out of playdoh, I guess we will try it out soon too.

  2. Great activities! Where did you find the apple patterns and apple sequencing activities? Thanks!

  3. I'm sorry I don't remember where I got the sequencing page from, probably an old kindergarten activity book from when I taught kindergarten. The apples were from a large clip art book from Carson Dellosa publishing. I know they have one out that is back to school clip art that comes with a CD. They have lots of big clip art/pattern books and CD's. I hope that helps!