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Have children tear pieces of red paper.
Glue on apple shape. Trace and cut handprint out of green paper for leaf.
"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
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
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 & visa-versa.
Songs, Finger Plays & Nursery
WAY UP HIGH IN THE APPLE TREE
Way up high in the apple tree, (hold arms up
Two red apples looked down on me. (make fists
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake
And down fell the apples (hands fall to the
Mmmm were they good! (take a bite, and rub
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
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
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
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;
Core out the middle of the apple. Let the kids
help by spreading in enough peanut butter to fill apple, then place a gummi
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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