Apple Theme


Use red, green, and yellow apple cutouts or stickers (or sponges and paint) to make an apple pattern on a sheet of finger-paint paper. Add red, yellow, and green streamers. Roll paper into a tube and tape. Punch 4 holes in the top and thread with matching yarn. Hang in the breeze.
Paper Plate Apples
You can make paper plate apples a few different ways. Give a child a 9 inch paper plate. Have them cut out the shape of a leaf from green paper (you can draw out the leaf for them or let them be creative) and this will be added to the apple last. They can make the apple red by simply coloring the whole plate red, paining the whole plate red, sponge painting the plate red for a textured look, or by tearing up pieces of red construction paper and gluing them on the plate for a unique textured 3-D type of look. Don't forget to add the leaf. You can also add a piece of brown paper for a stem.

Mosaic Apples
1 small paper plate per child
Small amounts of green and brown construction paper for leaves and stem
red, green and yellow construction paper for the apple.
Give each child a small paper plate and some green and brown construction paper, also their choice of yellow, red or green construction paper for the color of their apple. Have them begin with the paper plate turned face side up.

The children tear small pieces of their choice of construction paper and fill the plate with them. When their plate is filled, they dump out the paper strips, turn the plate over, flatten it and glue on the strips so that they cover the back of the plate. Then they tear two leaves and a brown steam and glue at the top to create an apple.

Stained Glass Apples
Cut a large apple template from a file folder or tag board. Give each child a piece of waxed paper larger than your template. Give them red, yellow, green tissue paper to tear or cut into squares. Put white glue slightly thinned with water on the waxed paper and have the children cover the waxed paper with the tissue sqaures. When finished have them trace the apple template onto green, red, or yellow construction paper. They cut around the template, then you will have to do this next part. Leaving about a 1" frame, cut out the center of the apple. Have the children trace the template onto the waxed paper tissue paper and cut out, then glue the frame onto the apples. These look really great hanging up, especially where sun can shine through them.

What's Inside An Apple?
Use two paper plates and have the child color the outside red, yellow or green.
Put the two plates together facing each other so the outside is showing Punch two holes in one side and tie together with yarn. Open Apple up and glue apple seeds i the middle of the plate. Cut out stem and green leaf cutouts and glue them to your peek-a-boo apple.

Apple Time
red, green, and brown construction paper
pattern of an apple
scissors and paste
Have children trace and cut out apple pattern. Trace and cut out their own hand on green construction paper and cut out. Use the hand cut out as the leaf on the apple, then cut out brown stem.

Poems and Fingerplays
Apple poem
Mommy, mommy tell me why
I'm the apple of your eye?
Why not a cherry?
Why not a plum?
Why not lingenberries, mom?
And what sort of apples?
Sweet like a tickle in your feet?
And what sort of apples?
Tart like a wild thing in your heart?
Green like a green gage,
Red like a red blush,
Granny Smith or Mackintosh?
Hidden in the evening
And when you kiss me tell me do
That I am yummy through and through.

A Little Apple Seed
(Sung to: Itsy, Bitsy Spider)
Once a little appleseed was planted in the ground
Down came the raindrops, falling all around.
Out came the big sun, bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew to be an apple tree!

Falling Apples
(Tune: "London Bridge is Falling Down")
See The Apples Falling Down
(Use Arm Motions, Raise hands in air)
Falling down, Falling Down
See The Apples Falling Down
Down To The Ground
Pick The Apples And Throw Them Up
Throw Them Up, Throw Them Up
Pick The Apples And Throw Them Up
Up To The Sky

Apple Tree
Author unknown
Way up in the apple tree
Two red apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmmm - were they good!

As you say this fingerplay, have the children place their hands above them (connecting their fingers together) to form a apple tree.
Show 2 fingers and smile.
Shake the tree.
Drop two rolled up red socks
(parent/teacher at first and then have each child take turns).
Rub tummy (stomach).

Ten red apples growing on a tree(point upwards)
Five for you and there's five for me!
(show five fingers on one hand, five on the other)
Let's shake, shake, shake the tree just so
(shake imaginary tree)
And ten red apples will fall below
(fall fingers to the ground)

A Wiggly Worm
(Tune: "Boom! Boom! Ain't It Great to Be Crazy?")
Yum! Yum! Don't you know I love apples?
Yum! Yum! Don't you know I love apples?
Red and green and yellow, too…
Yum! Yum! Don't you know I love apples?

Verse 1
Way up high in an apple tree, I saw two eyes look at me.
I reached for an apple; it started to squirm…oops! I found a wiggly worm!


Verse 2
That wiggly worm is a friend of mine. We eat apples all the time.
I let him crawl back to that tree… hey! I see that worm looking at me!


Eat An Apple
Eat an apple;
(Bring right hand to mouth)
Save the core.
(Close right hand in fist)
Plant the seeds.
(Bend down touch hand to ground)
And grow some more.
(Extend both arms out)

Apple Bingo Matching game
6 Posterboard strips (approx. 6x11" each)
6 Red construction paper apples
6 Yellow construction paper apples
6 green construction paper apples
Black permanent marker
Lamination or contact paper
How to make: Draw 18 different faces
(i.e.: sleepy eyes with nose and smile; triangle eyes with nose and sad face) on the 18 construction paper apples. Glue the red apples at the top of each of the 6 posterboards; the yellow apples in the middle and the green apples at the bottom. (The apple posterboards will resemble a stoplight, sort of.) Contact or laminate each card. Now cut out 18 more apples (6 of each color) and draw the same faces on these apples. Laminate/contact these apples. These apple cut-outs will be the lotto or bingo cards to match to the corresponding apple face on the lotto/bingo posterboard pieces. Have one player hold up a card (or the teacher) and the child who has the matching face will put the card over his/her matching face. Play until all children have their cards filled up. It's a fun game!

The Early Worm Gets the Apple
"Sometimes seeing a worm in an apple isn't so bad--especially if you're the worm!" Divide your group into thirds. Designate one group to be the worms. Pair the students in the remaining two groups. Ask the students in each pair to face each other & hold hands to represent an apple. Play some lively music as the worms move & wiggle around the apples. Then stop the music and direct each worm to find an apple in which to hide. Continue the game until everyone has had a chance to be a wiggle worm!

Real Easy Apple "Stuff"
Have several different varieties of apple, several different colors - discuss different colors, you can let each child have a different one and play a game like -- if you have a green apple stand up, if you have a yellow apple hop up & down, etc. Have large apple shapes cut out and different color paint to match the apples and let the kids choose which color to paint theirs. Cut the apples and serve for snack, talk about the different tastes, make a graph showing which apple each person liked. Cut the apple in half and show the kids the star inside, make up a story about it! You can do apple printing from the halves - maybe on a large apple shaped paper. Hang apples from ceiling & challenge the kids to take a bite without using their hands (good for older ones, can be frustrating for little ones).

Cut an apple in half crosswise to show design of the seeds. How are they formed? What do they look like? Ask children questions about the apple such as: What design does the apple make? Were you surprised? Do you think any other fruit has a special shape inside it?

Planting Apple Seeds
Provide small paper drinking cups, apple seeds, potting soil or dirt, and water. Save seeds from the apples used for the food experience. Give each child a cup and have the children fill their cups with soil. Place finger in soil to make a small hole and drop in the seed. Dampen the soil with a small amount of water. Place cups in a well lighted place and water occasionally; then read the children the book The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

Plant apple seeds and make an observation booklet or chart. This can be done as a group or by individual students.

Solar Baked Apples
Line two paper cups with black construction paper. Place one apple slice in each cup. Make sure the apple slices are similiar in size. Cover the cups with plastic wrap. Use rubber bands. Roll two pieces of white paper into cones. Line of the cones with aluminim foil. Place an apple inside each cone. Place both cones on newspaper in direct sunlight. Make sure they are facing the sun. Check the apples every 30 minutes to see which slice is cooking the fastest.

Display different types of apples. These include Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, Red Delicious , Macintosh, etc. Add a magnifying glass; and foods made with apples (applesauce, dried apples, apple juice, etc.) for more exploration.

Apple Changes
Observe and discuss with the children what raw apples look like. Ask them to predict what will happen when the apples are cooked. Bake a whole apple. Slice and simmer another one. Have the children compare the results with the raw apples. Ask them to describe the changes that occurred in color, texture, and taste. Also leave a cut apple out, put one cut apple in a baggie, and try putting cut apples in other places--what happens?

Cooking Activities
Apple Smiles
Cut washed apples into 1/4 's or 1/8 's. Spread peanut butter on one side of the slice.
Place mini marshmallows on the peanut butter (teeth). Place another peanut butter apple slice on top to complete your smiling apple mouth.
Make Applesauce!
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

Apple Treats
Peel and cube pieces of apple - enough so each child has about a tablespoon of cubes. Give each child a refr. biscuit found in tubes at the grocery store. They should smash it pretty much flat. They'll love doing that!! Spread the biscuit with a little butter. Add the apple cubes to the middle and sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon. Fold the biscuit in half and seal with a fork or fingers. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes of until the biscuit is golden brown. The apples will be hot, so tell them to be careful.

Apple Toast
Peel and thinly slice apple quarters. Give each child one slice of bread and a plastic butter knife. Have the children spread butter on their bread and place the apples in any pattern they desire on the bread. Sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over the apples. Cook in a 350 oven until toast is nicely browned. Great treat!

Assorted Sizes
Cut out different sizes of apples from colored construction paper or color them on white ones. Arrange them from small to large or make them a flannel board exercise if you have small children.
The Little Red House (interactive story)
Before reading the story aloud, conceal a large red apple and a paring knife to use for a demonstration at the end.

"Once upon a time there was a young boy who played all day long. One day he was especially tired of playing with his toys and games, and so he asked, 'Mother, what shall I do?' His dear mother, who was full of wonderful ideas, replied, 'I know about a little redhouse with no doors and no windows and a star inside. And I think I can find it.'

The young boy's eyes grew big with wonder. 'Which way shall I go?' he asked. 'How do I find the little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?'

'Go down the lane, past the farmer's house and over the hill,' said his mother. 'Come back as soon as you can and tell me about your journey.'

So, the young boy started down the lane. He had not walked far, when he came to a merry little girl who was dancing and singing in the sunshine. 'Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?' asked the boy.

The little girl laughed and said, 'No, I don't know. But ask my father. He's a farmer. He might know.'

So the young boy walked on until he came to a big, red barn. The farmer himself was standing in the doorway looking out over his green pastures. 'Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors, no windows and a star inside?' asked the young boy.

The farmer laughed and said, I've lived a long time and I've never seen one. But ask Granny who lives at the foot of the hill. She knows how to make molasses taffy, popcorn balls, and red mittens. Perhaps she can help you.'

So the young boy walked on until he saw Granny sitting in her pretty garden of herbs and marigolds. She was wrinkled as a walnut and smiling like the sunshine. 'Please, dear granny,' said the young boy, 'where shall I find a little redhouse with no doors, no windows and a star inside?'

Granny was knitting a red mitten, and when she heard the boy's question she laughed so cheerily that her ball of yarn rolled out of her lap. 'I should like to find tht little house myself.' she said. 'Perhaps you should ask the wind, for the wind goes everywhere and I am sure it can help you.'

The young boy waved to Granny and began walking up the hill. He sadly wondered if his dear mother had made a mistake. Soon the young boy called out, 'Wind! Do you know where I shall find a little red house with no doors, no windows and a star inside?'

And the wind replied, 'WHOOOOOOOOOO! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!' which sounded like 'Come with me!' to the young boy. So, he chased after the wind through a grassy field and into an apple orchard. Here the wind blew to the top of an apple tree and getnly shook a large, rosy apple to the ground. The boy picked up the large, round apple. It was as much as his two hands could hold. Then he knew! He ran all the way home, tightly grasping the apple.

'Mother! Mother!' he called as the entered his house. 'I found it! I found the little red house with no doors and no windows! But, Mother, how do I know there is a star inside?'

Mother took the apple (reveal your apple) and carefully sliced it in half (cut the apple crossways). 'Oh, now I see the star!' exclaimed the little boy. (Display the sliced apple to the students) Do you?

Apple Seeds
Before cutting open an apple, ask the children to predict how many seeds there will be inside. Cut the apple in half horizontally and let the children observe the "star" that holds the seeds. Count the seeds with the children and have them compare the number with their predictions. Try the experiment with another apple. Does it have the same number of seeds as the first? Try the same experiment using a different colored apple --As you cut open the different color apples make note that the insides are the same even though the outside is different. You can make the same comparison with people - different on the outside but all the same on the inside.)

Be Like Johnny Appleseed
September 26 is the birthday of John Chapman, the legendary figure better known as Johnny Appleseed. Share the story of Johnny Appleseed with your students. You may want to paraphrase a book version of the story, such as Johnny Applesee retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg (Scholastic Inc.) or The STory of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki (Simon & Schuster).

Then commemorate Johnny's birthday with a Johnny Appleseed Walk. A few days before your walk, send a note home to each family requesting that they send in pots for their children to wear on their heads. On the day of your walk, explain to your students that they're going to imitate Johnny Appleseed's seed-planting travels. But they can't spread apple seeds all over the school grounds because there wouldn't be room for all those apple trees. There is room for lots of grass though! Give each child a small plastic bag full of grass seed. Have the children wear their pots on their heads and take a walk around the school grounds, tossing out grass seed as they go!

Apple Arithmetic
Share the story Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo. LeSieg (Random House, Inc). This wild, rhyming story about critters who balance apples on thier heads will have your students in stitches! After reading the story, create a class book your youngsters will want to read again and again.

For each page, you'll need a 7 1/4" x 28" piece of poster board (a standard sheet cut lengthwise into thirds). To prepare the book, program each page with a head and shoulders photo of a student in the class. Then duplicate and cut out a large supply of construction paper apples. Assign each child a number beginning with one and going as high as the number of students in your class. (For a fun way to assign the numbers, write them on slips and have each student draw from an apple shaped basket.)

Each child then completes his page by counting out the assigne number of apple cutouts and gluing them to his page above the photo. Assist each child in writing his name and the correct number on the bottom along with the phrase: "________ has ______ apples up on top." If the children are able, have them number the apples as well. Print the title "We Have Apples Up on Top" on a cover. Punch two holes in the top of each page, place them in numberical order and bind the book with metal key rings.

10 Apples Up on Top Dr Suess
The Apple Book by Martin
Apples by Nonny Hogrogian
Apple Pigs by Ruth Orbach
How Do Apples Grow by B. Maestro
An Apple A Day / Over 20 Apple Projects by J. Gillis
Apple Trees by D. Patent
Apple Batter by D. Zagwyn
The Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler (Tambourine Books,1994)
Oats and Wild Apples by Frank Asch (Holiday House,1988)
Ten Apples Up on Top by Theodore LeSieg (Random House, 1961)
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg (Morrow,1988)
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell (Macmillian Publishing, 1989)
Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer (Holiday, 1964)

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