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September Color Focus: Red and Yellow

Apple Printing

Cut apples in half from middle of apple(not from stem to bottom).Have the children paint a thin layer of paint onto the flat part of the apple and then "print" the apple onto a piece of paper so that it leaves a print of a circle with the star (seed holes)in the middle.Have red,green and yellow paint available to represent the different colors of apples.

Mosaic Apple

Cut out an apple shape from white construction paper about the size of a dinner plate. (include a stem)Have the children fill in the apple shape by gluing small pieces of red paper onto the apple until it is covered.Have them fill in the stem with small cut out green pieces.This project can also be done as a group project using a very large apple shape cut out from butcher paper.Have all children participate by filling in the apple with red paper scraps.Cute classroom display!!

Scrunched Tissue Apple

Have children fill in the cut out shape of an apple with small pieces of scrunched up red tissue paper.Nice dimensional project!

Sponged Apple Shapes

Cut out apple shapes from sponges...cut out different sizes to add interest to the children's art.Have the children sponge paint "apples" using red,green and yellow paint to represent the different colors of apples.You could extend this project by having the children sponge apples onto a large butcher paper "tree".When apples are dry,you can use the tree as a bulletin board to brighten up your classroom.

Apple Puzzles

Cut out an apple shape about the size of a paper plate and then cut it into 4 or 5 pieces that the children can fit together like a puzzle. After the children have put their "puzzle" together, have them glue the pieces onto a background sheet and display on a bulletin board.

Another way to do this activity is to cut a large apple shape out of butcher paper and draw puzzle pieces onto the apple with a marker. Then have each child fill in their own special puzzle piece. Then cut out the pieces and have the children put them back together again to form an apple as pictured below.

Stained Glass Apples

Make apple cutouts from construction paper. Cut out the center (to leave a "frame" of sorts). Spread glue on sheets of wax paper, slightly larger than the apple paper. Add red, yellow and green tissue paper squares to waxed paper. Glue apple frame to waxed paper. Dry overnight. Peel off waxed paper. Trim excess paper from edges of apple. Hang in the window.

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, etc.

A Little Apple Seed (Tune: Eensy, Weensy Spider)

Once a little appleseed was planted in the ground

Down came the raindrops, falling all around.

Out came the big sun, bright as bright could be

And that little apple seed grew to be an apple tree!


For each quart of peeled and sliced apples, add:

1 cup water,

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of salt.

Cook until tender. Mash apples with a potato masher or electric mixer. Add more sugar if needed.

Apple Honey Grahams


Graham crackers

Peanut butter

Optional: honey

Give each child a slice of apple and a table knife for dicing the apple. Spread a graham cracker slice with peanut butter. Add honey, if you like. sprinkle diced apples on top.

Numbered Apples

Make a felt apple tree and ten felt apples and place the tree on a flannelboard. Number the apples from 1 to 10. Let each child in turn choose an apple, identify the number on it and place the apple on the tree. When all the apples are on the tree, count them as a group.

Eat an Apple (fingerplay)

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)

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A fun art activity that relates well with this book is to have the children make a picture of an apple tree as it looks during each season. Winter:bare tree...Fall:tree covered with small red apples...Spring:Pink tissue paper "blossoms"....Summer:green construction paper leaves.

An activity for this book: Have the children draw aself portrait at the bottom of a horizontal piece of construction paper.Have them glue on red paper apples on top of their "head".You can label their picture with their name and the number of apples they have glued on top.

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