It’s fall, and fall usually brings certain associations – pumpkins, cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and … apples!
We studied apples recently and culminated our study with a field trip to an apple orchard. Read on to see some of the activities we did, plus TWO free printables!
These activities are geared towards preschoolers, and I’ve included a few modifications I used for my son with special needs. Be sure to check out all the awesome links throughout this post and read the details at the end of the post about the free printables.
Preschool Apple Theme Activities
In all of our preschool units, we incorporate fine motor play, gross motor play, letter/reading activities, math activities, and pretend play. We’re beginning to add more science-focused activities this year, too.
Most of our themed units stem from books we read. Here are a few apple books we’ve been enjoying:
I Know It’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli
Best Friends (Green Light Readers) by Anna Michaels
Tucker’s Apple Dandy Day by Susan Winget
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss
And a few we haven’t read yet, but I hear are very good:
Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Preschool Apple Activities
- Roll and Count Apples printable from 3 Dinosaurs – This whole pack (in 3 parts) has many great apple-themed activities. This “roll and count” activity was a great introduction to charting for my preschooler and incorporated fine motor, counting, mutli-step directions, and matching skills.
- Apple Tree Counting Mat from This Reading Mama – Becky offers several great fine motor activities for apple units on this post, and we loved this apple tree mat. We used the paper apples she includes in her free download, then used tongs and pompoms for the apples. This activity uses fine motor, counting, and one-to-one correspondence skills.
- Apple Patterning Cards from Spell Outloud – My son loved these simple patterning cards Maureen offers, and it was his first successful experience with patterning! This activity practices color recognition, fine motor, counting, and patterning skills. I walk step-by-step with him in patterning activities right now, but he was able to pick the correct answer each time.
- We used several other activities from the 3 Dinosaurs apple pack mentioned above, including the “How many apples?” booklet, Apple/Not Apple categorizing activity, and first letter sound cards. We also used more of the activities from This Reading Mama’s apple printable pack, including the early emergent readers.
- For an active game, we played this Apple and Pumpkin Hoppin’ Harvest game I created and shared at The Homeschool Village. This activity incorporates literacy skills, pretend play, plus heart-pumping fitness!
- Last year, I made this apple letter tree activity from No Time for Flash Cards, but made it on felt for our flannel board. We love reusing this activity!
- For more gross motor skill practice and application, take a field trip to an apple orchard! When you go, download my free apple orchard scavenger hunt for your preschool and early elementary kids. (See the end of the post for details.) If you don’t live near an apple orchard, you can grab a few apples from the store or farmer’s market and set up a pretend apple orchard in your yard.
- I’ve also created a free printable of apple picking sequencing cards. This set of three cards shows an empty apple basket, a half-full basket, and a basket full of apples! This sequencing activity is especially geared towards preschoolers and a great way to introduce ordinal numbers and time sequencing. Click here to download this free apple picking sequencing cards printable!
(This printable is provided free and copyrighted by me, so please do not modify, sell, or host this file elsewhere. Thank you for sharing a link to this blog post rather than directly to the PDF file!)
Apple Science Activities
- The Homeschool Scientist shares a simple apple experiment to introduce the concept of change (oxidation) when fruit is exposed to air.
- Stef Layton also shares an apple comparison activityand links to other apple science ideas.
- Sid the Science Kid (a show on PBS) has an episode about “irreversible change” and what happens when you heat apples into applesauce. Check out recipes and resources here.
Additional Apple Activities
While you’re studying about apples, you might want to include an open-play activity like a fall sensory bin.
If you want even more apple and fall activities, check out my fall-themed Pinterest board here.
Free Apple Orchard Scavenger Hunt Printable
My fella with special needs is extremely visual and when he has the opportunity to learn about something then transfer the knowledge to another context, it helps drastically and gets him even more excited.
A scavenger hunt can help reinforce what you’ve been learning and apply that knowledge to a real-life context. I created this Apple Orchard Scavenger Hunt for preschoolers and early elementary ages, and I’d love to offer it to you all. When you download the scavenger hunt, be sure to read the first page in the document with several activity modifications and a recommended book list.
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What are your favorite activities for a preschool apple themed unit? Share your own activities or others in the comments!
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