My plans for at-home preschool with AJ (age 3) began with a letter of the week idea. Our theme each day will be a different word that starts with the chosen letter. Last week was our first week; a week all about the letter A. Here are some of the activities we did for our "A is for apple" day.
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Apple tree counting. For this activity, I took 10 index cards and drew a simple tree shape on each. I wrote the numbers 1-10 on the bottom of each card. AJ's task was to put the correct amount of puff balls on each tree. It was simple to set up and she had a lot of fun counting out the correct amount of "apples".
Paper plate apple craft. I set this up as a simple coloring and pasting activity. I used one paper plate and cut the sides to look like a half-eaten apple. I then cut out a stem and worm. I asked AJ to color and glue the pieces onto the apple. She's not one for realism (she is 3 after all), and opted for a blue squiggly apple. And in case you're wondering about the glue squiggles on the stem... that's her name!
Apple stamping. When you're talking about apples, you have to do some apple stamping. Or at least, we always do! We've done this project before, but this time I used a large sheet of brown wrapping paper. I taped it down to the floor and we got to work. We did this project before school so that Lizzie could join in on the fun. I cut an old apple in half and stuck a craft stick into it. This makes the apple much easier for little hands to handle. We used red and yellow craft paint and started stamping. When we were done, we had a fun piece of apple wrapping paper.
Book resources. We always have a variety of books on hand for each topic. Here are a few of our favorite apple-related books.
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss
The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Other web resources: Here are some more fun apple projects I found.
No Time For Flashcards has a round-up of 15 fun apple activities from their archives.
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas also has a round-up of some of apples crafts and food they have done in the past.
Play Create Explore has a fun apple picking sensory bin
2 Teaching Mommies has a fabulous free printable apple-themed preschool unit.
What is your favorite apple activity?