The free membership printable this week is apple alphabet puzzles which is a great activity for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I then cut along the line on each apple ... laminated all the pieces ... and put self-adhesive magnets on the backs for use on our magnetic board. I made two different puzzle sets ... one with all red apples and another with three different colored apples so you have a choice of which to make.
In this activity children find the two matching apple halves and put them together. I set this activity out in two different baskets ... one with the top of the apples and one with the bottom of the apples. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 6th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the learning friends alphabet match in clip is also located.
We made apple print trees today and they turned out great. Using brown paint the children painted a tree on construction paper and let it dry.
I put red ... yellow ... and green paint on to paper plates and then sliced apples in half. The children dipped the apples and then pressed them on the trees. I also put paint brushes out as an option for the children to use as an option to dipping the apples.
You can see a video of this project below:
We did this project last year and it really turned out great. I'm posting it again in case some of you missed it as I still have a lot of material to bring over from my old site design.
We worked on this project over a three day period and not only did the children learn about the different seasons but they also worked on their fine motor skills by scrunching ... tearing ... cutting ... and pinching. We used large sheets of white construction paper and folded it into fourths. Brown lines were painted for the tree trunks (one per each of the four sections) and then children painted their hands and pressed their hands above the tree trunks.
After the trees were dry we decorated each one according to the seasons:
After the trees were decorated and dried we cut the season tags out and glued them on the correct tree. We then glued the title on the bottom of the picture. You can grab the patterns here and see a video of this project by clicking below:
I made apple themed days of the week and months of the year strips that can be used in pocket charts or in your calendar centers. We also do sequencing and matching with them. Just print ... cut ... and laminate. You can find the patterns here.
I have posted September's Number Tracing Calendar and Calendar Numbers along with other September items to my free printables page (if you do not see them at the bottom of the page please refresh your browser).
I made an apple color match to work on color recognition skills. There are twelve different color apples along with the matching color circles. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I put a self-adhesive magnet on the back of each of the color circles as I do with most of my matching and cover-up activities. The magnet helps to raise the circles off the surface making them easier to pick up and they also help hold the apples in place.
In this activity children pick a color circle and put it on the apple with the same color. Play continues until all of the colors have been matched. You can grab the apple color match patterns here.
At the beginning of each school year we make all about me books so the children can get to know a little bit about themselves and there classmates. I print the pages out on regular paper and the children work on one page each day until the book is complete.
We glue the completed pages on colored cardstock paper and laminated them. I also bind them using a binding machine that I purchased several years ago specifically for the purpose of making books and games.
You can make the book anyway you want ... use only some of the pages or use them all. You can also put the books together just by placing the completed pages between to sheets of construction paper or cardstock paper.
You can grab the all about me book patterns here and watch a video below:
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