I love so many things about fall: the cooler weather, warm drinks, changing leaf colors, campfires, cardigans and boots, the yummy desserts, the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet, and all things APPLE!
As we head into the fall, I want to talk about fun and different ways to incorporate apples into your classrooms. For those of you who like to go through the alphabet in order throughout the school year, these activities will be perfect to accompany your first few weeks with as you begin with Letter ‘A’! For those of you who don’t introduce alphabet letters in any particular order, these activities will be perfect in late September/early October as harvest begins and you start talking to your students about autumn.
Here are some of my favorite apple Books:
An Apple’s Life by Nancy Dickmann walks through the life cycle of an apple in a very simple way the young children can understand.
Apples by Gail Gibbons gives a lot of fun apple facts with bright, colorful illustrations – the perfect amount of information for little learners.
Apple Picking Time has beautiful illustrations and discusses the traditional fall harvest in earlier American history.
Applesauce Day is a fun book depicting a family who works together to make applesauce, an annual tradition of theirs. Reading this picture book to your preschoolers is a great way to talk about the many different uses of an apple.
Incorporating the Bible into your apple unit:
An apple is a common image used to explain the concept of the Trinity to children. Just like an apple has three parts (core, flesh, skin) but is one apple, so God is three in One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I love using this book, 3-in-1: A Picture of God or this video to explain the concept in a visual way.
After reading and watching about apples, we spend a whole week doing fun and engaging apple activities together!
There are SO many fun and engaging pages to choose from – no more wasted time scouring Google/Pinterest and piecing together your own unit.
All of these fun activities are included in my APPLE UNIT.
The print-and-go apple unit was created for preschool and kindergarten learners and includes:
- real-life pictures
- letter activities
- life cycle cut and paste
- five senses
- dot-a-dot pages
- color by sight
- coloring pages
- …and so much more!
These activities give you a variety of pages to choose from depending on your schedule for each day. You can spread them out throughout the week or even send some pages home. These pages will help your students engage with your lesson and picture books concerning apples in a unique and hands-on way!
Here’s what other teachers and parents are saying about these activities:
There are SO many apple activities out in the Internet world – it can be dizzying to sift through them all! This one-stop-shop had EVERYTHING I needed to do an entire apple unit with my preschoolers. Save your sanity and buy this today! -Fiona S., preschool teacher
This is a super fun pack of activities for apple week. It was a real life saver for me! -Shelice D., kindergarten teacher
Perfect addition to our apple unit. There was so much to choose from and my students were engaged the whole time. -Melissa G., kindergarten teacher
I wanted to incorporate some apple activities into our homeschool plans this fall. After trying to make my own activities, I decided to save my time and just buy this fantastic unit! I am so impressed with the quality and quantity of activities – we couldn’t fit them all in, there were so many choices! My preschoolers loved the pages and begged for “apple time” each morning. Highly, highly recommend! -Vicki L., homeschooling parent
Click here to read more about the Apply Unit and download a copy for your family and/or classroom:
However you decide to utilize these resources, I hope you have fun playing with, reading about and coloring apples in your classrooms! Don’t forget to bring some apple slices (maybe of three different colors!) to enjoy as a snack with your students. 🙂