Friday, September 23, 2011

Apples

Book Suggestions:

Apples by Gail Gibbons
Apples by Inez Snyder
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Apples by Jacqueline Farmer
I Am An Apple by Jean Marzollo
How Do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss

Activities:

Field Trip:
Description: As a great start to this week's theme, take a trip to your local grocery store with your toddler. Let them help you pick a variety of different apples. Talk about all the apples while you are there. They can help you count apples and name the colors, as you put them in a bag too. Skills Targeted: teach your tot about your community, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to make healthy choices at the grocery store

Compare and Contrast:
Materials: a variety of apples of different colors
Description: Place a variety of different types of apples in front of your toddler. Talk about the similarities and differences between all of these apples. (What color are they? Which ones are big and which ones are small? How do they feel? Etc.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot opposites, teach your tot big and small, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to observe

Apple Tasting Party:
Materials: a variety of different types of apples
Description: Cut up several different types of apples. (You could do one apple of each color...red, yellow, and green). Have your toddler take time and eat a piece of each different apple. After they eat it, talk about how it tastes. Is it sweet or sour? Is it crunchy or soft? Print an apple coloring sheet (see Online Fun) and have your toddler color the apple the same color as the one that they liked the best.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to make healthy snack choices, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your to observe and discover

Applesauce:
Materials: apples, red-hot’s, Crockpot
Description: You and your toddler can make homemade applesauce together. There are many recipes for making delicious applesauce. The easiest one that I used as a teacher, was to simply cut up about 10 peeled apples. Put them in a Crockpot or an electric skillet and add a bag of red-hot’s to it. Let it cook until the apples turn mushy. Talk to your toddler about how the apples are different before and after they cooked. We would love for everyone to share any other applesauce recipes with us. Leave a comment or email me and I will share your ideas with everyone.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to cook, teach your tot to make healthy choices in the kitchen, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to observe, teach your tot sensory development

Apple Prints:
Materials: apples, paint (red, yellow, green), paper
Description: Cut an apple in half so that you can see the star shape that the seeds make. Show your toddler the seeds. Count them and talk about how apples grow from seeds. Your little one can dip the apple in the paint and stamp the apple print onto a piece of paper over and over again.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to discover, teach your tot be creative


Ten Apples Up on Top:
Materials: Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg, a picture of your toddler, apples cut from paper, headband, plastic apples
Description: Read the book Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg to your toddler. Count out 10 paper apples. Let your toddler glue a picture of them to a long piece of paper. Explain to them that they will put 10 apples on top of their head, just like in the book. Let your toddler put paper apple on top of another, counting as they do this. When all 10 apples are on top of their head, count them again with your little one and write the numbers 1-10 on each apple.
Another fun activity to do with this book is to hot glue 10 plastic apples (found at any craft store) to the top of a thick plastic headband. Your toddler will have fun counting the apples and wearing all 10 of them on top of their head.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recall a story, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to be creative

Parts of an Apple:
Materials: Red, white, brown and black construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: Before doing this activity with your toddler, cut out a large apple shape from red construction paper, a smaller apple shape from white construction paper, a brown stem and several black apple seeds. Show each of these cut-outs to your toddler and tell them you are going to put them together to make an apple. Your toddler can glue the white apple shape on top of the red one. Ask your toddler to name the colors as they are doing this. Next glue on the black seeds and the brown stem. Again, talk to your toddler about the colors. When they are finished talk about each different part of the apple and label them while you are talking to your toddler. The red is the skin, the white is the flesh, the black are the seeds and the brown is the stem.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the parts of an apples, teach your tot to observe and discover, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition

A is for Apple:
Materials: sand paper, cardstock paper, glue
Description: If you haven't already, start creating your sandpaper letter book for your toddler. Here are directions for making these. Since Apple starts with A, this is a great week to make letter A. Simply trace an "A" stencil onto sandpaper and cut it out. Glue it to a piece of cardstock or other heavy paper. Punch a hole in the left corner and put a metal ring through it. As you continue to make each letter, you can attach it to the ring to create a little book. When working with the sandpaper letter books, trace your child's finger over the sandpaper letters while saying the letter's name and sound.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot pre-reading skills

Sort Apples:
Materials: a variety of real apples or yellow, red, and green paper apples
Description: If you use paper apples for this activity, cut out several apple shapes from red, yellow and green paper. Show these to your toddler and have them name each color. They can sort the apples by color, putting all the yellow ones in a pile, all the red ones in another pile and all the green ones in another pile. Count the apples in each pile. Which has more? Which has less? Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to sort, teach your tot math skills, teach your tot to count, teach your tot more and less

Dissect an Apple:
Description: You and your toddler can dissect an apple together (do not let your toddler use or touch a knife for this activity). Give an apple to your toddler and let them touch the outside of it. Show them the stem. How does it feel? Explain to your child that the outside of an apple is called the skin. Peel the apple. Your toddler and taste the skin as you peel it. Show your toddle the flesh of an apple. This is the part that you can eat. Talk about how it feels and tastes. Cut the apple in half and have your toddler take out the seeds. Count them together.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to observe and discover, teach your tot the parts of an apples, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot math skills

Apple Seed Collage:
Materials: apple seeds, glue, paper
Description: Throughout the week, you and your toddler can save all the apple seeds from the apples that you use to do various activities. At the end of the week, your toddler can make an apple seed collage by gluing all these seeds onto a piece of paper. Count them together and see how many seeds they collected throughout the week.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot that apples have seeds, teach your tot to count, teach your tot motor skill development

Songs and Fingerplays:

Apples in a Tree:
(Sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy)

I saw an apple tree
Standing in an orchard.
There were apples that were red
hanging from its branches.
Count them with me
1, 2, 3
4, 5 and 6.
7, 8, 9, and 10,
red apples I can pick.

I saw an apple tree
standing in an orchard.
There were apples that were yellow
hanging from its branches.
Count them with me
1, 2, 3,
4, 5, and 6.
7, 8, 9, and 10
yellow apples I can pick.

I saw an apple tree
standing in an orchard.
There were apples that were green
hanging from its branches.
Count them with me
1, 2, 3,
4, 5 and 6
7, 8, 9, and 10
green apples I can pick.

I love Apples
Sung to the tune of I Love You, You Love Me

I love apples
Can't you see.
They're as yummy as they can be.
I take a big bite,
Then I crunch crunch crunch.
Apples are so much fun to munch.

5 Little Apples:

5 little apples in a grocery store.
Someone bought one.
Now there are 4.

4 little apples in an apple tree.
Someone picked one.
Now there are 3.

3 little apples not knowing what to do.
One got lost.
Now there are 2.

2 little apples having lots of fun.
One rolled away.
Now there's only 1.

1 little apple out in the sun.
A squirrel came along and ate it.
Now there are none.

Online Fun:

Coloring:
Check out www.coloring.ws for some free apple coloring pages.

Letter A:

Starfall Learn to Read



Snacks and Recipes:

Apple Dipping:
Ingredients: apples, yogurt, caramel, peanut butter, honey
Directions: Apples are such a fun dipping snack. There are so many fun dipping options too. Put several dips, such as yogurt, melted caramel, peanut butter, and honey into small bowls. Slice an apple for your toddler and they will have fun dipping their apple pieces! Talk to them about which dip they like the most. This is a fun healthy snack.

Apple Pie:
Check out Kids Cooking Activities for a fun apple pie recipe and other yummy apple treats!

1 comment:

Clarissa Hooper said...

I know this is an old post but I love the songs you included! I will be pinning so I can remember to use them with my bous when we are apple tasting :)

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