The tradition is for the children bring apples for the teacher. Teachers also bring apples to the children. These apple activities will be fun for all!
Every Apple Holds A Star – Science
Let’s take a close look at apples. Bring one or two apples, that have their stem and a leaf still attached, to circle time on a plate or tray along with a magnifying glass. Children can learn to hold the magnifying glass away from their eye and over the apple to get a close look. Talk about all of the parts of the apple. Skin, flesh, core, seeds, stem, and leaf. Then ask if the children know there’s a star in every apple. Cut the apple across the middle and take a look at the star with the magnifying glass!
Apple Tasting And Graphing – Math
This is another great circle time activity. Prepare enough slices of red, green, yellow apples for each child to taste each type. Bring one each whole red, green and yellow apples to circle along with a enough napkins for each child. Also have prepared precut apple shapes of the same colors. You’ll need a marker to write each child’s name and masking tape circles to stick your apples on your graph.
Every child gets one of each color apple slice to taste. Talk about sweet and sour tastes. Remind your children to think about which apple slice they like the most.
After everyone tastes go around the circle asking each child which they liked the best. Simply jot each child’s name on the apple color they choose. Tape all the like colors in a row. You now have a graph. There are other ways to do graphing. You can see how others do it here and here.
These are good graphs but I’m looking for one that helps the kids really see which got chosen more.
Apple Turnovers With Preschoolers – Cooking With Preschoolers
The easiest way we’ve found to bake apple turnovers with the kids is to use refigerated biscuit dough from a tube. Bake on parchment paper so you can write the children’s names as you place each turnover.
Smiling Apples – Cooking With Children
Apple slices, peanut butter (sun butter), and mini marshmallows.
Paper Towel Apple Printing – Art
These apples are made with aper towel tubes with a crease in them and dipped in paint. Offer all three colors for the children to dip into. When they’re done add little stems to each printed apple.
Apple Printing – Art
Cut your apples in half crosswise as pictured. Put a craft stick into the uncut side. Dip into paint and print onto paper. You should be able to see the star in the print.
Team Building – Art
The children worked in small groups to paint this tree. Each child chose green, yellow, or red apple to add to our tree.
One Bad Apple – Fine Motor
We filled our sensory table with paper apples, and hole punches, and bits of green yarn (worms). Our children did have a hard time at first making holes but most were successful after a few tries. Lacing the yarn in and out of the holes was less challenging for our three year olds.