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September is apple month for my little adventurers. Yep, all apples all month long. I used to think this theme was so overdone, but there’s a reason apples are so popular for preschool–there’s so many opportunities for learning, and it’s easy to apply the apple theme to real life experiences. We’ve easily incorporated science, nutrition, and sensory learning without having to do a ton of prep.
I’ll share a few of my favorite apple activities below!
Apple Process Art
We painted with a potato masher and a meat masher (…is that what you call it?) but you could use any utensil for this. They loved seeing the differences in patterns; the stripes from the potato masher and the X’s that the other utensil made.
I love process art because it’s more about the method used to make the art than it is the end product. You can read my big process art blog post here.
Here’s some other tools you could use instead of kitchen utensils:
- Cotton balls
- Fly swatter
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Fall objects (acorns, leaves, pinecones, etc.)
This is a classic, right? Stamping with apples is so fun! Try cutting the apples in half both vertically and horizontally and compare the different shapes they make.
Notice that I cut a “handle” on the apples. It’s relatively easy to do, just cut two wedges out of the apple halves. This makes it easier on the children to hold and prevents them from getting a lot of paint on their fingers.
Apple Taste Test
We tasted red, green, and yellow apples, and then voted on our favorite. This was an excellent vocabulary-building taste experiment; we discussed how some apples were sour while another one is sweet. As they tasted the different apples, they completed the activity sheet (seen below) and circled “thumbs up” or “thumbs up” to show whether they liked it or not.
Once we tasted them all, we took a class vote. Green and yellow tied for our fave. You can get the Apple Taste Test Activity here–it comes with printable chart headers for taking a class vote on the best apple!
Apple Sensory Bin
I like to have an apple-themed sensory bin throughout the month of September. Last year, I used oats for my apple pie sensory bin (make sure to check it out) but this year I opted to use green rice.
How to dye rice: It’s easy! I put 2 cups of rice and 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a large tupperware along with about 15 drops of food coloring and shook it like crazy. Afterwards, I laid the rice out on a cookie sheet to dry. I repeated this step many times until I had a good amount of rice to work with.
What’s in this bin: small decorative apples (found at JoAnn’s), cinnamon sticks, aluminum pie pans, green rice, measuring cups.
Every Apple Has a Star
Did you know every apple has a star inside? Cut apples in half horizontally to find it! Before you do this, ask your students to guess what kind of shape is inside the book. You could also read The Apple Orchard Riddle, in which some students on an apple orchard field trip discover the star inside of an apple.
It’s definitely a neat thing to show preschoolers and you could just throw it into your apple tasting or apple stamping activities.
Apple Number Matching
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More Apple Printables by Every Little Adventure
I have a bundle of apple activities in my TPT store here. It includes lots of hands on math and literacy activities with an apple theme!
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