Apple Theme: Apples All Around

All about apples and the fall season.

Picture Books: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall, The Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler, That Apple is Mine! by Katya Arnold, A Visit to The Apple Orchard by Patricia J. Murphy, Apples, Apples by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Oink! Moo! How Do You Do? by Grace Maccarone, The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, Apples, Apples! by Salina Yoon, Ouch by Ragnhild Scamell, Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church, The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri, Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington, A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek, Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng

Fingerplays:

Eat An Apple

Eat an apple, (bring hand to mouth)

Save the core, (close hand into fist)

Plant the seeds, (bend down and touch the ground)

And grow some more! (extend both arms out)

A Little Apple Tree  (match motions to words)

Once a little apple  seed was planted in the ground, 

Down came the cool rain falling all around,

Out came the big sun, bright as bright could be,
And that little apple seed grew to be an apple tree!

Criss, Cross, Applesauce

Criss, cross, applesauce, (draw an X on child’s back)

Spiders running up your back. (walk fingers up child’s back)

Cool breeze, (blow gently on child’s neck)

Tight squeeze, (give child a big hug)

Now you’ve got the shivers! (tickle child gently all over)

The Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree, (raise arms high over head)

Two little apples were looking down at me. (make hands into fists held high)

So I shook that tree as hard as I could, (pretend to shake tree)

Down came the apples, (move fists down toward floor)

And boy, were they good! (pretend to eat one, then rub tummy)

Music:

“Way Up High” on Silly Favorites CD

“Five Green Apples” by Sharon, Lois & Bram (Friends Forever CD)

“In the Fall” by Moey (Moey’s Music Party CD) Great song to use dancing scarves with. Pretend the scarves are leaves.

Crafts:

Apple Print: Cut an apple in half. Place a fork into the apple via the peel side. Press apple onto a sponge covered with white paint (that has been placed on a plate). Press the paint covered apple onto red construction paper. Tear brown and green pieces of construction paper to create a stem and leaves.

Apple Picking Game: Attach a card stock handle to a paper lunch bag. Decorate the bag with markers or stamps. Cut out 5 apples from red construction paper and mark each one with the letters A, P, P, L, E (or just color on them if the kids are very young). Now someone can “hide” the apples around the room and the child can go apple picking. Once the apples are found, use them to spell the word apple; then, the child can hide them for his parent.

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