Crafts & Activities
Songs, Finger Plays &
Crafts & Activities
Have children tear pieces of red paper. Glue
on apple shape. Trace and cut handprint out of green paper for leaf. Add
"This apple that you see here
Was made just for you in my preschool year.
You'll never see another just like it in this great
Because for a leaf I used my own little hand."
Apple Play Dough
Use red, yellow, and green colored play dough, adding
cinnamon spice to it. Lay out apple cookie cutters and tools. Show the
children how to create a play dough ball to resemble an apple. Add a pipecleaner
for a worm!
Shiny Apple Sun Catchers
Draw a large apple onto wax paper with a black marker,
cut out. Let the children use colored glue(red, yellow, green) to
paint the inside of the apple. While still wet, use colored yarn to outline
the shape and then let dry. Once dry, peel the glue apple away, if thick
enough, from the wax paper and hang!
Musical Apple Tambourines
2 Small or large paper plates per child, tempera paint,
green leaf, brown pipe cleaner or twig, apple seeds or dried beans, masking
tape, and stapler.
Have the children paint the plates red, yellow or green.
Allow to dry. They can then make faces on their "apples" with felt markers,
felt pieces, or other items. When done, help them staple the two plates
together, leaving an opening at the top to insert your sound makers (beans
or seeds) then tape on the stem and leaves; staple the opening closed.
Rip brown paper to make
a tree trunk and glue onto a piece of paper. Use a leaf-shaped sponge to
make green leaves around the top of the tree. Make red fingerprint apples.
Paper Plate Apples
Decorate a 9" paper plate by
painting, coloring or sponging red. Add a green construction paper
leaf and a piece of brown chenille or pipecleaner for a stem.
Make an apple shape from heavy
cardstock (paint red,yellow or green); or red, yellow or green fun
foam. Add leaves. Punch holes all around the outer edge of
the apple shape with a hole punch. Supply several lengths of red,
green or yellow yarn for lacing.
Apple Alphabet Match Game
Make 52 apple shapes. On one
set print the alphabet in all capitals. One the other set print the alphabet
in small letters. You may wish to laminate or apply clear contact paper
for durability. The children match the capitals to the small letters
Songs, Finger Plays & Nursery Rhymes
WAY UP HIGH IN THE APPLE TREE
Way up high in the apple tree, (hold arms up high)
Two red apples looked down on me. (make fists
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake the
And down fell the apples (hands fall to the ground)
Mmmm were they good! (take a bite, and rub your
THE APPLE TREE
(Sing to the tune of "Rock-a-bye
Here is a tree with leaves so green. (forearms
together, elbows to wrists, hands spread)
Here are the apples that hang between. (clench
fists for apples)
When the wind blows the apples will fall. (wave
arms in the wind and let apples fall suddenly)
Here is a basket to gather them all. (make
a basket with both hands, fingers interlocked)
FIVE RED APPLES - fingerplay
Five red apples hanging in a tree (hold up five
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown (fingers
And one little apple came tumbling down (one finger
Four red apples hanging in a tree, etc.
Three red apples hanging in a tree, etc.
Two red apples hanging in a tree, etc.
One red apple hanging in a tree, etc.
No red apples hanging in a tree (hold
up hand fingers closed)
No juice apples for me to see.
The wind came by and gave an angry grown
And no little apples came tumbling down. (shrug
shoulders, shake head)
Worm in an Apple
Red apples; knife/corer; crunchy peanut butter; gummi
Core out the middle of the apple. Let the kids help
by spreading in enough peanut butter to fill apple, then place a gummi
worm or two in the middle of the peanut butter filled apple; place the
worm so it is peeking out of the apple.
Apple - Fruit Leather Logs
Cover a baking sheet with plastic wrap. Spread 2 cups
applesauce in a very thin layer on the wrap. Bake at 150*F for 6 - 8 hours
or until applesauce has a leathery look. Cool slightly and remove the plastic
wrap. Roll up the fruit leather and slice it into small "logs".
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