My Apple Activities


I did these activities when my children were 4 and 2.

Language Development Activities…

Apples, Apples
(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)

Apples juicy, apples round,
On the tree or on the ground.
Apples yellow, apples red,
Apple pie and juice and bread!
Apples crunchy, apples sweet,
Apples are so good to eat!

Ten Red Apples

Ten red apples growing on a tree,
Five for you and five for me.
Help me shake the tree just so,

And ten red apples fall down below.
One, two , three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.

Ten Little Apples

One Little, two little, three little apples
Four little, five little, six little apples.
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples
Ten apples on the apple tree.

Using real apples or pictures of apples , place or have the children place an
apple down each time you sing a number so that when you are done
there are 10 apples on the floor.

Count the apples.

More apple songs and fingerplays…

Arts and Crafts Activities

Paper Plate Apples

Have each child paint the bottoms of a small white plate red- with brushes or sponges.  Help them glue a stem and green leaves to their dried apple.  You could have them glue real or paper seeds to the other side of the plate when dry. 


Apple Stamping

Cut apples in half and put a fork in it on the skin side to create a handle for then children to hold. This will keep it easier (and neater) for the kids to hold as they paint. Allow the kids to dip their apple into red, green or yellow paint to stamp apple shapes on their paper. Tip- pour a small amount of paint on a paper plate and spread with a paintbrush.  Less mess this way.  You may even want to have one apple for each color.


Children can decorate 2 small plates to resemble apples. Place apple seeds 
inside and glue or staple edges of plates to seal in the seeds.


Torn Paper Apples

Have the kids tear to the best of their ability, the strips of colored paper into tiny pieces. This is great fine motor skills practice. Older children could cut their pieces. This would be good cutting practice for them.  Point out that they are using red (or whatever color you are using) paper to make their apple.  As they kids are tearing, you might want to tear pieces too. This will give them enough pieces to glue down and more of the right size.  They may loose interest tearing. If they do, stop and help glue.  Glue pieces on to an apple shape or drawing.

More craft ideas…

Math Activities

Where Is The Apple?
Exploring with positional words.

Have 2 tree pictures and paper apples.  Say the following phrases and ask the children to put an apple in the correct place.  

The apple is over the tree.

The apple is under the tree.

The apple is in front of the tree.

The apple is behind the tree.

The apple is in the tree.

The apple is beside or next to the tree.

The apple is between the trees.



Using real apples, ask how many apples will it take to fill a lunch bag, a bowl, a basket… After an answer is given, test it out. Count as you go. This is a great hands-on activity that all three should enjoy. Children can make the guesses and then take turns putting the apples in the containers.  As an added lesson- you could write the numbers said to reinforce the written number with the spoken letter.   I use a small wipe off board.


Physical Activities

Hide apples and ask the kids to find them. I know my kids love this. They have so much fun looking and finding things.   This could be done indoors or out.  Just remember where the apples are hidden in case they are all not found. ;)


Science Activities

Apple Magic
Perform a little science magic with this simple experiment. You will need a large bowl of water, a carrot & an apple. First, ask the children what they think will happen when an apple or a carrot is put in the bowl. Place the carrot in the bowl first; then remove it & place the apple in the bowl. What happens? Why? Explain to the children that foods like carrots & apples vary greatly in the amount of air they contain. Carrot matter is packed very tightly & is very heavy, making the carrot sink. The apple is not packed as tightly & has many air spaces, which allow it to float. Slice the apple & carrot for more observation.


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