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Monday, September 14, 2015

A is for Apples

Preschool Alphabet: A is for ApplesPreschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Make apple pom-pom necklaces
    1. PREP: (need red pom-poms, green felt, brown pony beads)
      • Cut out several small green leaves from felt.
      • Hot glue the leaf to the pom-pom.
      • Hot glue the brown pony bead on top of the leaf.
    2. Have your preschooler string apple pom-pom beads onto a length of cording.
    3. Alternate with green pony beads to work on patterns.

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Examine apples
    1. Have several different kinds & colors of apples for the kids to observe.
    2. Ask them what they see. We noticed the smooth skin, spots on the skin, the stem, the different colors, the shape…
    3. Cut the apples into slices. I sliced them horizontally so we could see the star inside.
    4. Let the kids taste each different apple.
    5. Let them munch while you read apple books.

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Read Ned's New Home by Kevin Tseng … I grabbed this one at the library because of the big apple on the front. It is such a cute book. We may use it again for our Fruit Day. Ned (the worm)’s apple house has started to rot, so he goes through several other fruits trying to find a suitable new home. Available here.

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Read Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum … I’m loving this series of books by National Geographic Kids. The text is simple, very informative and the photos are wonderful. The book is only 16 pages, so a quick read for kids. Available here.

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Read The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall … we have to read this book every fall. It is a cute story with a simple explanation of the life cycle of an apple, ending with a delicious apple pie. Available here.

Preschool Alphabet: A is for ApplesPreschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Do ‘A’ journal page
    1. Write ‘Aa” on the next page.
    2. Write “APPLES”. I show my 4-year-old the word “APPLE” on the cover of one of our books and she copies the letters into her journal.
    3. Practice writing big A’s and little a’s.
    4. Put apple stickers all over the page. We used scented apple stickers, but any would do Smile

Preschool Alphabet: A is for ApplesPreschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • ABC Apple Post-It Game … this one is always fun. A great way to get up and move around. I find apple post-its at Office Depot or Office Max or on Amazon here. 
    1. PREP:
      • Write A-Z on apple post-it notes. My preschooler loves writing her letters, so she helped me write another set of lower-case a-z on the green apple post-its.
      • Make a large apple tree. Ideas:
        1. Draw one with chalk on a fence.
        2. Paint one on a big cardboard box
        3. Cut out a large tree from brown & green butcher paper and tape to the wall.
        4. Draw a large apple tree on a window, mirror or glass door with dry erase crayons.
      • “Hang” all of the ABC apples in the apple tree (stick them on) Smile
      • Write A-Z outside of the tree.
    2. TO PLAY:
      • Have your preschooler pick an ABC apple from the tree.
      • Have her match it to the ABC outside of the tree.
      • We did this game twice with upper and lower-case apples.
      • Give them plenty of help, so it is fun and not frustrating!

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Read “Ten Apples Up On Top!” by Dr. Seuss … spread out a blanket outside and fun apple book. Book available here.

Preschool Alphabet: A is for ApplesPreschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • 10 Apple Bean Bags Up On Top! … this little game had my kids belly-laughing. It’s worth the prep work Smile
    1. PREP: Make several apple bean bags. Detailed instructions with PHOTOS here.
      • Cut out 2 red felt circles
      • Cut out 1 brown felt stem
      • Cut out 1 green felt leaf
      • Sandwich the stem & leaf between the red circles.
      • Sew around the apple, leaving a 2-inch gap.
      • Fill with rice or beans.
      • Finish sewing around the apple.
      • TIP: This year, I didn’t feel like sewing, so I hot glued the apples together Smile It worked.
    2. TO PLAY:
      • Read “10 Apples Up On Top” again.
      • When the characters put another apple “up on top”, have the kids try balancing an apple on their head.
      • Add 2, then 3, then 4!
      • Have them try to stand up or walk with the apples up on top.

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • 10 Apple Stickers Up On Top!
    1. Print a small picture of your preschooler.
    2. Glue it to the bottom of a half sheet of paper.
    3. Have your preschooler stack 10 apple stickers up on top of their head!
    4. Count the apples 1-10 (or 14 in our case) Smile

Preschool Alphabet: A is for Apples

  • Make Apple Cookies for our Snack … would you be surprised that these got rave reviews from all five of my kids and my husband? Smile There weren’t supposed to be quite so many mini M&Ms, but my 4-year-old was helping, so that’s what happens!
    1. Slice apples horizontally.
    2. Immediately soak in a bowl of cold water and lemon juice (a few tablespoons for a medium bowl). This keeps the apples from browning. Let them soak for 10-15 minutes.
    3. Take the apple slices out of the lemon water and dry them with a towel.
    4. Spread peanut butter.
    5. Sprinkle toppings … mini M&Ms, chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, chopped nuts.

2 comments:

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