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 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.
The free daily printable this week is Apple Tree Number Match and Clip which is a great activity for number recognition and review.
In this activity children find the two apple tree cards with the same number and clip them together with a clothespin. Grab the patterns for free until Sunday September 14th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
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