Every year I always look forward to the beginning of the school year and teaching one of my favorite themes ... apples. I've linked up some of our past apple activities below:
The free membership printable this week is apple color and pattern puzzles. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... laminated them and then cut them along the dashed lines to make two halves.
I made the apple puzzles with twelve solid colors and eighteen pattern puzzles. I really love these puzzles for visual discrimination skills as well as color identification.
In this activity the children find the two matching halves and put them together to form an apple. Play continues until all apple halves have been matched.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 11th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the apple shape match.
As most of you know we love working with playdough and I try to incorporate a couple of playdough activities with each theme because it is a wonderful tool for helping to build fine motor skills.
Today we made playdough apples which the children really had a great time with. They took playdough and made apple shapes from it (they used red ... green ... and yellow). Next they made a stem and leaf for each apple.
Once the apples were made the children then took pony beads and pressed them into the apples. Most chose to do color matching with the beads. If you use pony beads with this activity please remember to use supervision with children under the ages of three and those still in the stages of putting small items in their mouths.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
This apple roll and pick game is one of our favorite math center activities for our apple unit. It can be played individually or in groups with children taking turns rolling the dice. Starting with all of the apples on the tree children roll the dice and remove the number off apples from the tree that was displayed on the dice.
Play continues until all of the apples are removed from the tree. We used red pom-poms with self-adhesive magnets but I have also included red markers that you can use if you do not have pom-poms.
You can see a video of this activity here or by clicking below:
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:
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