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Apple Preschool Theme

Apple Preschool Theme

Apple preschool theme with songs, finger plays,art activities and more.


Songs, Finger Plays and Group Time Fun

Way Up High In The Apple Tree…
Way up high in the apple tree
Two little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could
down came the apples Mmm were they good.

Apple Graph…
After the apple tasting of red, yellow & green apples have a graph with pictures of red, yellow & green apples on the left side. Ask each child what her/his favorite apple was and write their name on the appropriate color apple shape and let them glue it in that line. Note which was the class favorite.

Estimating Apples…
To practice estimating with the children. Draw a large apple shape on a piece of tag board. Cut an apple in half and invite the children to guess how many prints will fit around the perimeter of the apple. Write each child’s guess down on an apple shaped piece of paper. Let children each put a print around the outside until it’s full. Compare the estimates with the real number. Now have children guess how many prints it will take to fill the inside of the apple.

Apple On A Stick…
Apple on a stick, apple on a stick I can lick it all day and not get sick.
Apple in a cup, apple in a cupI can drink it all day and not fill up.
Apple in a crunch, apple in a crunch I can eat it all day, it is so good to munch.
Apple in a cake, apple in a cake I can eat it all day with no tummy ache.
Apple in a pie, apple in a pie can eat it all day and never cry.
Apple in a dish, apple in a dish I can eat it all day, it’s so delish!

If I had two apples, (hold up 2 fingers) What would I do?

I’d keep one for me, (point to yourself)
And give the other one to you. (extend hand to a friend)

(Yankee Doodle)
Peel an apple,cut it up,cook it in a pot.
When you taste it you will find it’s applesauce you’ve got.

Five Red Apples…
Five red apples hanging in a tree (Hold up five fingers)
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown (Fingers flutter downward)
And one little apple came tumbling down (One finger falls)
Four red apples, hanging in a tree.(Continue with 3,2,1)

Apple Rhyme…
Apples, apples, good to eat.
Apples, apples, juicy and sweet.
Pick them off a tree, buy them at a store,
Apples, apples, WE WANT MORE!

Ten Red Apples…
Here I have five apples. (hold up five fingers on right hand)
And here are five again. (hold up both hands)
How many apples all together?
Why, five and five make ten!

Language Idea…
Cut a large apple shaped journal from red, yellow or green paper. Let them add to it daily (color their favorite apple, add apple smile recipe, etc.) during apple week. For a final page have them do a 5 Sense Poem about apples.

Apples smell_________.Apples look_________.Apples feel_________.Apples sound________.Apples taste________. Or if you don’t want to do the journal…Write each child’s dictation on an apple shape and display on a bulletin board entitled “Apples Make Sense!”

Have You Ever Seen An Apple…
(Have You Ever Seen A Lassie)
Have you ever seen an apple,an apple, an apple.
Have you ever seen an apple,that grows on a tree?
A red one, a yellow one,a green one, a golden one.
Have you ever seen an apple,that grows on a tree?

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 Tree Song…
( Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Apple, apple tree so tall,I can hardly wait till fall!
When your apples I can pick,Fill my basket, eat them quick.
Apple, apple tree so tall,I can hardly wait till fall!
Apple ,apple tree so fair,What do I see growing there!
Green and round and plump and sweet,Soon they will be good to eat.
Apple, apple tree so fair,What do I see growing there!

Apples, Apples…
(Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Apples juicy, apples round:On the tree or on the ground.
Apples yellow, apples red, Apple pie and juice and bread!
Apples crunchy, apples sweet; Apples are so good to eat!


Comparing Seeds In The Sensory Table…

Using a magnifying glass have children look at apple seeds and compare them with seeds from other fruits (oranges, cantaloupe, watermelon etc.)


Sorting Apples…

Cut out an assortment of red green and yellow apples and matching colored baskets. Glue the baskets to the file folder. Laminate all pieces for durability. Have the children match correct colored apples to basket. Otherwise, purchase the apples by clicking on the pictured link on the left.  You can have the children sort them by size and by color.


Apple Match File Folder…
Cut out assorted sized apples in the three colors. Trace the outline or shadow if you will, to the file folder. Have the children match the correct sized apple to it’s shadow. For older children you could add shapes, numbers, etc. on both shadow and apple.

Apple Maze…
Print out the apple maze. Laminate the page and have the children use erasable pens to complete the maze.

Apple Maze




Stained Glass Apples…
On wax paper brush a lot of glue. Cover the glue with red, green or yellow tissue paper pieces. Allow to dry overnight. Peel the wax paper off. Photocopy the apple pattern onto red, green or yellow construction paper. Cut out the middle portion of the apple. Glue your mosaic that you created the day before, to the backside of the apple. Trim around the apple outline. Hang in a window for the sunlight to shine through the paper.

Stained Glass Apple Art Project Pattern



Apple Collage…
Using a small snack sized plate and a piece of red or green tissue paper for each child, have the children tear small pieces of tissue paper and paste to the paper plate. Have the children add a stem and leaves if they choose too with construction paper.

Apple Prints…
Cut an apple in half to reveal the star of seeds, have the children dip the apple halves into tempera paint and press onto their choice of construction paper. Have the children dip their thumb into green paint and press onto the top of the apple for leaves.

Hanging Apples…
Blow up the balloons to about half there size. Cut red tissue paper into small strips. Then Tie a string to the knot of the balloon. Now place a strip over the balloon and paint it with liquid starch. Keep doing this till the balloon has a few layers on it. Then hang it to dry at least overnight, maybe more. Now cut out a stem from brown paper, and a Leaf from the green. When the balloon is dry take a pin and stick it through the tissue paper and pop the balloon. Now pull the balloon parts out of the tissue apple. You will now need to reglue the string inside the apple. Once that dries you can glue on the stem and the leaf, and hang! They really do look neat hanging from the ceiling!

Wormy Apples…
Punch holes around the edge of the cut out apple. Give each child a piece of yarn, about 12 inches, put a piece of tape around one end of the yarn, and have them weave the worm(the yarn)through the holes in the apple.

Paper Plate Apples…
Another idea I have used for apples is that we let the children sponge paint a small paper plate. We give them the choice of red, green, or yellow. After they sponge on the paint, we let them add a stem and a leaf. They make really cute apples, and the children really like making them.


Apple Tasting…
Bring in several varieties of apples for snack time. Compare colors and tastes. Learn the names of different apples. You could also graph the children’s favorite apple at group time.

Apple Granola Sailboat Snack


Spiced Apple Juice Pops

Apple Jell-O Finger Cubes…
Pour 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin into a bowl. Add 2 cups boiling water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add one 6 oz. can unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch cake pan and chill. Cut into squares when firm.


Apple Smile Snack

Apple Sandwich…
Core the apples and slice or let the children slice with plastic knives their apple into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick “donuts”. Then spread peanut butter one slice and top with the other…


The Apple Pie Tree


Follow the apple tree from winter to fall with the two sisters.
They are growing “the best part of apple pie” right in their yard. The story teaches about the seasons as well as the process of growing something and the pride in having a hand in creating something. Watch as the baby robins grow up in the tree. There is also a recipe for the apple pie is included at the end of the book.


How Do Apples Grow?

This book describes the way an apple grows on a tree, from the tiny leaf buds that exist in winter, to flowers blooming while bees pollinate them, through the time the apple ripens and is harvested. The text gives carefully detailed descriptions of how the fruit develops without being wordy, and children who like to understand how things work will appreciate the straightforward way these facts are presented.


Johnny Appleseed

This beautifully illustrated story shows how Johnny Appleseed bloomed from a young boy who loved the outdoors into the legendary man who spread apple trees all across the United States. Showing small acts of generosity and the love of nature can make a big difference, this book is sure to inspire the budding little Johnny Appleseed in every reader.


Ten Red Apples

Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. “Save one for me,” calls the farmer. But what about the farmer’s wife? Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone!


Apples, Apples Everywhere!: Learning About Apple Harvests (Autumn)


In Apples, Apples Everywhere! young children are introduced to the process of apple harvesting. A young boy and girl stop at an apple orchard and discover people picking apples off trees, discover how apple harvesting is done, and learn about the delights of apples, i.e. apple pies, apple cider, and even apple bobbing!


It is a story of a rabbit family that goes apple picking in the fall. The family goes picking apples and the farmer goes along. The farmer explains some factual things such as how many seeds are usually in the apples and how they grow the trees from rootstock. Each member of the family wants a different type of apple for a different purpose. The family cooks applesauce and the recipe is included.


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