Apple Preschool Lesson Plans
Fingerprint Apple Tree
Use brown ink along the side of the child’s hand to make the tree trunk. Use green ink on the child’s thumb to make as many leaves as the child wants. Use red ink on the child’s pinky finger to make the apples.
Eraser Apple Tree
Use brown ink along the side of the child’s hand to make the tree trunk. Use green ink on the child’s thumb to make as many leaves as the child wants. Use red ink on the eraser of a pencil to make the apples.
Play Dough Apples
Let your child use red or green play dough to make apples. My play dough recipe is on my games page.
Cut an apple in half. (make a lateral cut, separating the top from the bottom) You should be able to see the “star” that the core forms in the apple. Put some red or green tempera paint in a shallow container, (a pie tin works well) and show your child how to paint the apple with the paint and press onto a piece of paper creating an apple print.
Cut an apple in half. (make a vertical cut) Put some red or green tempera paint in a shallow container, (a pie tin works well) and show your child how to paint the apple with the paint and press onto a piece of paper creating an apple print.
Apple Acorn Painting
Trace the shape of the lid of a container onto a white piece of paper. Cut out the shape so that it is smaller than the inside of the lid. Place a small amount of paint on the inside of the lid, then place the paper on the inside of the lid. Pour a small amount of red paint inside of the bowl and place a few acorns (without the caps) or marbles inside the bowl. Have your child turn the bowl upside down and shake. When finished remove the paper and allow to dry. You may add a brown stem or a leaf to make the circle look more like an apple.
Acorn stamped apple
Find many different caps for acorns. Have the children press the lid onto a red stamp pad and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Use a black pen to add the detail.
Apple Shaped Acorn Stamping with Paint
Find many different caps for acorns. Place one acorn lid in each color of paint that you provide. Have the children press the lid into the paint, then press firmly onto a piece of paper. Use a black pen to add the detail.
Cut out a piece of green paper to fit on top of the toilet paper tube. Cut two slits in the toilet paper tube about 1/2 inch down.
- Have your child decorate the paper with a red marker to make apples.
- Have your child press one finger into a red ink pad and press onto the green paper to make apples.
- Have your child press the eraser of a pencil into a red ink pad and press onto the green paper to make apples.
- Have your child color the paper with markers or crayons.
Slide the paper onto the tube.
Easy Apple Art
Give a child a paper plate and one of the following colors… red, yellow or green. Have them paint the paper plate. Attach a paper stem to create an apple. This one is great for younger children. You can also have the children glue real apple seeds to the plate after the paint dries.
Torn paper apples
Draw an apple on a piece of white paper or use a white paper plate. Tear red paper into dime sized bits (enough to cover your apple drawing.) Cut out one or two leafs for the apple from green paper. (Or if possible use real apple leaves.) Have your child glue the torn pieces of paper onto your drawing of an apple. Then have your child glue on the apple leaves.
Easy Apple Tree
Supply each child with a tree shape, and a red, green, or yellow non-toxic bingo dabber. Have the children put “apples” on the tree with the dabber.
Cut out an apple tree from brown and green paper. Glue the pieces together. Supply your child with red tempera paint, and a pencil with an eraser. Have the child make prints on the tree with the eraser to make apples. After the picture has dried ask your child how many apples are on their tree.
Apple tree Variation:
Have the child dip a cork in paint to make the apple prints.
Cut out apple shapes from white paper, and add some red finger paint, and let your child paint the apple red!!!
Save the seeds from a bunch of apples. Allow them to dry, and have your child glue them to a piece of paper.
A worm in my apple?
Cut out one apple shape per child. Have them use a hole punch to punch about 4 holes in the apple. Have them weave a brown piece of yarn in the holes. Finally, glue on a stem.
This one is a lot of fun, and has great results. Set out a piece of yarn (the worm) for each color of paint you intend to use. Have the child dip the yarn in one color of paint, and run it across the paper. Use a new piece of yarn for a different color.
Preschool Apple Tree
Cut out a huge tree shape from butcher paper. (You probably want to piece it together from many different pieces. Let the children paint the trunk brown, and the tree top green. Then cut out an apple from red, green, or yellow construction paper for each student and teacher, help older students put their names on the apples, and write younger students names on the apples. Let the children choose where on the tree they want their apple, and glue them on the tree.
Supply each child with a piece of white paper and red or green non-toxic stamp pads. Show the child how to make fingerprints on the paper, using only one finger at a time. When finished, add leaves with a black pen.
Paper Plate Shaker
Take two sturdy paper plates. (The stronger the better)Place some apple seeds on one of the plates and place the other plate on top of the first so that both eating surface areas are facing each other. Use masking tape to seal the plates together. Have your child decorate with markers, glitter, construction paper, or ribbons. When dry, shake. Shake to music, shake it each time you take a step. Shake, Shake Shake!!!
Cut out apple shapes from different colors of paper. Older children can do the cutting for themselves. Then depending on the ages.. either punch holes in the apples or allow the children to punch the holes. Then supply the children with yarn that is about 18 inches long with one end that is wrapped with a little piece of masking tape. Have the children lace the apples onto the yarn, then tie it to make a necklace.
Math, Science and Games
Apple Match Up
There are many ways to set this up depending on the skill level or the particular skill you wish to work on. Try these different set ups:
- Cut out apple shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child one apple. Ask the children to find one person with the same color apple.
- Cut out apple shapes from different colors of paper. Cut the apple in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a apple, and ask them to find the person with the other half. Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the apple pieces are distributed.
- Cut the apple shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of apple with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children, label the apples with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one apple and have them find the child with their match.
- Cut the apple shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers on two apple. Give each child one apple and have them find the child with their match.
- Cut the apple shapes from one color of paper. Cut the apple in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Place matching stickers on each half of a apple. Give each child one apple half and have them find the child with their match.
- Place matching apple stickers on separate index cards. Give each child a card and ask them to find the child with their match.
- Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the apple to the file folder and laminate it’s match.
Count the seeds
Before you cut an apple, have your child try to guess how many seeds will be inside. Cut open the apple and count them. How close was he/she. Write down your child’s guess.. and how many seeds that were in the apple. The next day repeat the process. Compare your results. Were there more, less, or the same amount of seeds in the two apples.
Next time you go to the grocery store with your child. Point out all the different kinds of apples. Tell your child their names. Buy a few different kinds, and when you get home, let your child try them. Ask your child how each one tastes. Ask your child how each one is different.
Gather three to five different sized apple. Set them on a table and ask your child to arrange the apple according to size. For younger children, you can just start with two apples and ask which is the smallest.
Apple Lacing Cards
Cut colored poster board into an apple shape and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.
Prepare sliced apples for lunch, red and yellow. Ask each child which color apple that they ate. Allow them to mark the column on a graph that corresponds to their answer.
Obtain a laundry basket, or a bushel basket, and red bean bags, or small red balls. Use masking tape to tape a line on the floor. Place the basket a couple of feet away from the line. Have the child stand behind the line, and try to toss the balls or bags (apples) into the basket.
Match the Apples
Cut out two apple shapes from 4 or 5 different colors of construction paper. You may laminate them to make them last longer. Have the children pick an apple and then find it’s mate. Variation: Use the same color for the apples, and draw on different designs.
Apples in the Basket
You need apples and a small laundry or buschel basket. Ask your child to place 5 apples in the basket. Count with your child as they place the apples in the basket. How many apples will fit in the basket? Have your child guess how many will fit, and then see how many it takes to fill the basket. You can also tape numbers onto the bottom of the baskets, and have your child place the appropriate number of apples into each basket.
Apple Hide and Seek
Have all the children hide their eyes while you “hide” an apple in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to find the Apple, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to hide the Apple.
Apple Hide and Seek
Play the game the same as above, except hide the Apple. Then tell the children individually whether they are “hot” or “cold” to the relation of the Apple. Allow the other children to have a chance to hide the Apple, and tell children whether they are “hot or cold”. It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you play this game.
Apple Fishing Game
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and sized Apples from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip to each Apple. Spread the Apple shapes on the floor and let your child try to catch the Apples. Have them try to catch the red Apple.. or the biggest Apple. For a twist, label the Apples with letters or numbers. Ask the children to catch a specific Apple, or ask them which Apple they caught.
Apple Shaped Games
The following games require you to cut out many different Apple shapes from construction paper. You may choose to laminate these Apples so they last longer.
Cut out many different sized Apples. Ask the children to line up the Apples from largest to smallest.
Cut out ten Apple shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the Apples from one to ten.
Ask the children to sort the Apples by color.
Ask the children to sort the Apples by size.
Pass the Apple
Played like hot potato… have the children sit in a circle and pass an apple around the circle when music is playing, when the music stops the child holding the apple sits in the middle or the “apple pie pot” until the music stops again and the next child replaces the first. You may also chant “hot apple, hot apple 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10” and the child who has the apple on 10 is in the “apple pie pot.”
Pass the Apple II
For older children. Have one child hold an apple under his/her chin and try to pass the apple to a friend. You could do this in a circle or you can do a relay race where the children have to run with the apple under their chin.
Apple Shaped Acorn Stamping Patterns
Find many different caps for acorns. Place one acorn lid in each color of paint that you provide. Create a pattern on the top of the paper, then have your child copy the patter by pressing the lid into the paint, then pressing firmly onto a piece of paper.
Cut out large apple shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one apple to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.
(sung to Ten little Indians)
One little, two little, three little apples,
Four little, five little, six little apples,
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples,
Ten red apples in the tree.
Variation: Change “little” to “red” “yellow” or “green”
The Apple Man
Yes I am the apple man,
The apple man,
The apple man,
Yes I am the apple man,
Who has an apple tree.
Apples and Bananas
Sing this song:
I like to eat eat eat apples and bananas,
I like to ate ate ate apples and bananas,
( all a’s pronounced with a long a as in ate)
I like to eat eat eat epples and banenes,
I like to ite ite ite ipples and baninis,
I like to ote ote ote opples and banonos,
I like to ute ute ute upples and banunus,
I like to eat eat eat apples and bananas.
This is my Apple
sung to “You are My Sunshine”
This is my apple,
My shiny apple
It makes me happy
When I eat one
It make me healthy
Please don’t take my apples away!
Use your favorite pancake recipe. Mix the batter, and then add chopped apples and cinnamon to the batter. Cook as usual. Then melt butter, and mix in brown sugar and cinnamon to the melted butter, and pour on top of the finished pancakes.
Simple, serve your child applesauce.
For larger groups:
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 1 orange, peeled and diced
- 1 cup grapes, sliced in quarters
- 1 banana, sliced
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup diced peaches
- 1 cup diced pears
Let your child help in the washing and peeling process, and allow older children to cut soft fruits with a table knife. Place each fruit in a separate bowl, and ask your children to name the colors of the fruits. Place individual spoons into each of the fruit bowls, and let your children select the fruits they would like into their own bowl to make their own fruit salad. After the children are all settled in their chairs, ask the children, “Who has apples in their bowl?” “Who has strawberries?” and so on.
wash and core one apple per child. Fill the core with raisins and brown sugar. Place the apple upright on a baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Optional: serve with ice cream.
You need pizza dough, canned apple pie filling, vanilla icing and brown sugar. Kneed out the ready made dough and spread about a 1/2 inch layer of the pie filling on the dough and sprinkle brown sugar on top.. warm the vanilla icing and place it in a clean squeeze bottle. Apply the icing to the top of the apple pizza in lines across the pizza. Follow the directions for baking that are on the pizza dough container.
Visit an Apple Orchard
Visit a local apple orchard, or cider mill. Let your child help you pick the apples from the tree.