School time is almost here and with that comes lots of apple activities! Apples represent the coming fall season and there are lots of activities to do when it comes to apples!
From learning the life cycle of an apple, the anatomy of an apple, there is so much fun to be had!
What Can You Do With Preschoolers and Apples?
The bonus of doing apple activities is that they can be cute, fun, creative and educational.
Activities with preschoolers and apples can range from arts and crafts, science, memory, types of apples, taste testing and more!
How Do You Teach Children About Apples?
The best way to teach children about apples is to do different types of activities with them. Activities that vary from hands on, singing, gross motor fine motor, arts and crafts, etc!
Keeping children engaged is key when it comes to learning about new things.
Why is the Apple Theme Popular in Preschool?
Many people believe that the forbidden fruit in Genesis was an apple. It is tradition to give teachers apples at the beginning of the year because of their knowledge.
The bonus that comes from this is that teachers can use the apple to teach many things! Almost everyone loves apples, and they are engaging and easy to use for activities.
Teaching Littles’s Favorite Preschool Apple Activities
As you can tell from my blog name, I have a passion for teaching little ones. These are my favorite preschool apple activities!
Use crayons or markers to color both the apples and letters.
I’m obsessed with these Finger Crayons for young toddlers. They allow your child to hold the crayon with the proper grasp so they don’t end up forming a bad habit in the future.
These apple number match is great for toddlers and preschoolers who need practice counting from 1-20. They work on various skills, such as:
- Practice Counting
- Number Recognition
- One-to-One Correspondence
Commemorate the first day of school with this adorable apple handprint craft! This craft is fun and super simple!
Sharpen your little ones upper and lower case matching skills with this apple letter match activity!
This fun activity helps to improve knowledge and understanding of beginning letter sounds! I love activities like this because they are simple and so educational.
Matching word families together is a great activity for your soon to be reader! This apple activity makes this task even sweeter!
Show off those letter tracing skills with this full page large letter tracing sheets! These are a great quick and easy activity.
These no prep printable dot activities are great if you are needing an easy apple activity for preschoolers.
Sharpen those color identifying skills by doing this easy preschool apple activity! Color recognition is an important skill for preschoolers to have down and this is a great way to help.
Easy Preschool Apple Activities
Sometimes you just need an activity that is easy peasy! These activities are perfect for just a time as that!
Cut apples in half and have your preschoolers’ dip them in paint and stamp on a piece of paper. Have them observe and see the mark that the apple leaves behind.
Grab different apples, cut them up and have your students taste test them. Have them describe the tastes, how they are similar and different.
You can write out the names on the whiteboard and have everyone try them together. Then, together come up with a short description.
Did you ever make oobleck as a kid? This easy activity is so much fun and smells like yummy apple sauce!
Use apple shaped cookie cutters to keep with the apple theme.
Preschool Apple Activities Preschoolers Can Complete Themselves
Break out the magnifying glass and have your preschoolers’ inspect the skin, inside, seed, stem and core of the apple.
Have your little ones color and design their own apple. Encourage them to make it their own using different colors, patterns, etc.
My daughter recently made me a rainbow leopard apple!
Bobbing for Apples
To do this activity with the least amount of germs possible use tongs. Using tongs strengthens the hand, wrist and finger muscles.
Encourage use of both hands to strengthen muscles in both hands.
Fine Motor Preschool Apple Activities
Fine motor skills are the basis for writing, drawing, daily activities, etc. It is important to strengthen these skills and play time is the perfect opportunity.
Use play dough to make large apples, small apples, apple trees, apple pies, I mean really… all things apple!
Poke the Apple
Using toothpicks have your preschooler poke them into the apple. This activity is great for fine motor skill development.
Help your little one improve their scissor skills by using these fun cutting sheets! The lines vary in ability, so it’s easy for children of all levels to have something that is challenging!
Dramatic Play Apple Activities for Preschool
Dramatic play is so important for children to learn and engage in. Dramatic play encourages creativity, imagination, role play, cooperative play and so much more!
This apple stand idea is such a good one! Children can learn about exchanging goods for money, organization, stocking, etc.
Using playdough, have your little ones pretend to be bakers. Ask them to bake various things like apple muffins, apple cakes, apple pie and see what they create.
One of the best things about fall is going to the apple orchard. There are so many goodies and sweet treats to be had!
Preschool Apple Activities involving Math Skills
Math skill development is so important starting at a young age. Building a strong foundation starts in preschool.
These activities are perfect for that!
Use a muffin tin to for this activity. Have your preschooler place the amount of apples that the paper at the bottom of the tin indicates.
This activity helps children to visualize what a certain amounts look like.
Using side walk chalk and some dice, you can easily play this counting game. Draw some apples on the side walk (you can also do this on paper if its cold outside).
Roll the dice and color in how many apples correspond with the dots on the dice. 5 dots= 5 apples.
During this activity use the squares to display how many apples the round card says. This activity is great for visualizing amounts.
Preschool Apple Activity: Sensory Bins
Sensory bins are so fun for little hands to get into, feel, touch, smell and see! These sensory bins will have your preschoolers occupied for a long time.
This oatmeal apple sensory play bin has me dreaming of fall! The different textures in this bin will stimulate your preschoolers’ senses!
Make a yummy apple crisp with this pie themed sensory bin! This sensory bin will bring your preschoolers tons of activity time!
This picking apple sensory bin is great for fine motor skill development in preschoolers. You can also have them categorize their apple colors to make it more challenging.
This sensory bin is so fun! I love when sensory bins use rice, I find that kids love the noise and feel of rice!
How fun is this apple foam sensory bin? Water play is always fun for little ones!
Fun Science Preschool Apple Activities
Preschoolers love science activities! These activities cultivate a perfect environment for questions and hypothesis.
This experiment is so neat! Which liquid do you think will keep the apple from oxidizing?
Have your little ones hypothesize, discuss observations and then explain your findings.
Help students to design and learn about construction, planning, weight and balance, plus more with this STEM activity!
Make an easy apple volcano using a few easy ingredients! Your littles will be begging for more because it’s so fun!
You can add food dye for an even neater effect.
I don’t know a kid that doesn’t enjoy playing with slime! Slime is such a wonderful sensory activity and great to make too!
Preschool Apple Activity Songs
These apple activity songs are a great way to get preschoolers moving and grooving! Songs help children to use multiple parts of their brain which results in better learning!
10 apples on your head!? Wow! Here’s a super simple and super silly song for practicing the names of fruits and counting to 10.
Can you imagine trying to balance fruits on your head? Don’t let them fall! 🎶 One apple on my head. Two apples on my head. Three apples on my head. Wibbly wobbly, wibbly wobbly… I will not let them fall.🎶
Help preschoolers learn all of the characteristics about apples! This song is catchy and very educational!
You knew I had to add this one! Apples 🍎 & Bananas 🍌 is a super fun family and classroom song that is great for introducing English vowel sounds.
Ballet dancing bananas, twirling apples, and lots of silly fun! Join our friendly monster friends and sing along!
Way Up High in an Apple Tree is a fun nursery rhyme, action song for children. It’s great for brain breaks, indoor recess, morning meeting, group activities and circle time.
It also teaches early math, listening skills and following directions.
From the creators of Baby Shark comes Munchy Crunchy Apples! This song is adorable and will be so popular with your littles!
Join the Sweet Tweets as they sing a catchy tune about apples!
Amazon Ready Preschool Apple Activities
Amazon has so many easy and ready to go activities for preschoolers. These activities are simple, yet so educational in many ways!
These exceptional wooden lacing apple threading toys are perfect for preschoolers who are developing their fine motor skills. They help to improve hand-eye coordination and encourage independence in a fun and engaging way.
The 12 counting apples stem toy are an educational toy in 3 colors and 12 Seed colors These apples help with number puzzles, counting toys, improves hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Some other benefits include building color recognition, identification & counting skills with the color matching toys.
Players will delight in the crazy comparisons while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills. It’s as easy as comparing ‘apples to apples!’
This back to school wind chime crafts for kiddos encourages imagination! The apple windchime craft helps with hand-eye coordination.
Keep your preschooler engaged and learning with this fun worm catch game! Lots of different discussions to be had about worms, apples and life cycles!
Fun Books for Preschool Apple Activities
Books make for a fun and easy activity for preschoolers. Not only are books educational, but they also teach valuable skills like listening, sitting still, etc.
When Mac, an apple, meets Will, a worm, they become fast friends, teaching each other games and even finishing each other’s sentences. But apples aren’t supposed to like worms, and Mac gets called “rotten” and “bad apple.”
At first, Mac doesn’t know what to do—it’s never easy standing up to bullies–but after a lonely day without Will, Mac decides he’d rather be a bad apple with Will than a sad apple without.
This is a clear and appealing environmental science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom.
Questions addressed in this book include:
- Did you know that when you bite into an apple, you’re eating part of a flower?
- Why do apple trees need bees to make apples?
- How does the tree feed the gorwing apples and make them ready to eat?
Read and find out in the proven winner How Do Apples Grow!
Autumn is apple harvest time. Come along on a trip to the apple orchard. Find out how apples are picked and stored. Learn which apples are best for munching. But watch out for the apple worms!
Pinkalicious and the Pinkertons are all excited when they return from their trip to the orchard with lots of Pink Lady apples to munch on! After realizing they have more apples than the family could possibly use, Pinkalicious finds ways to share the apples with others.
While helping the Renkinses harvest their apples, George discovers a giant cider press inside the barn! As usual, George’s curiosity gets the best of him, and he accidentally starts the machine.
Suddenly all of the apples they’ve collected are being washed, chopped, and squished into liquid! Will George be able to collect the cider and stop the machine, or will he find himself in an even stickier situation?
I love how diverse and educational apple activities can be. I hope you enjoyed reading through the list of fun and easy apple activities for preschool; I know I enjoyed putting it together!
Do you have any memories of apple crafts as a kid? Let me know in the comments below!