Interactive Big Book!

Children will delight in this new and innovative way to interact with a big book. Number sense and literacy skills are developed as children move the characters from one story scene to the next while singing the familiar tune. These books are also a great resource for teaching English as a second language. Anyone can use these books to help children learn to read and learn basic math skills.
This book targets: Counting, Number Skills, Apples, Action words, Prepositions
Children pick apples off tree and balance them on child's head as they count down in this delightfully fun book.
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I made this apple shape out of butcher paper - added some clip art eyes. Then took dictation from my kids after tasting apples.


We used one large apple and made some scientific discoveries.

Estimation Station

Each child had a turn to pull string from a ball of yarn to estimate the width of our apple.



  • Refrigerated biscuits
  • Margarine
  • Peeled apples
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Parchment paper (optional).


  • Children can cit up apple slices using a plastic knife. My kiddos loved doing this.
  • Give each child one biscuit on parchment paper (advantage is you can write child's name on paper). Then spread butter/margarine on biscuit. Flatten biscuit.
  • Top with apples, cinnamon and sugar. Cook for 10 min at 400 degrees. Yummy!


After we ate our apple pizzas we graphed if we graphed whether or not we liked the pies. Overwhelmingly yes!

We tasted apples and graphed our favorites

Easel Painting


I precut the paper plates saving the cut off sides to be the leaves. The children painted the top and bottom red and then painted the leaves green. The added some4 seeds to the center, a construction paper stem and stapled it all together.

Weighing Apples

We weighed an average sized apple against 15 poker chips, 15 quarters, 15 rocks, 15 plastic bears, 15 Unfix cubes nd then graphed if it weighed more or less.

After reading Ten Apples Up On Top we made headbands using stickers. Each child chose how many apples they wanted on top. Each headband says "_______ has _____ apples up on top.

Matching numbers to cards with correct number of trees.

Laced green and red apples

We sorted apples by color, shape, and size

We wrote a predictable chart "Apples are______"


We wondered what happens to a cut apples without and with lemon drizzled on top. The two cut apples (above) will stay in our science center for a couple of days for observation and discovery.


Submitted by Denise
Material needed
 Paper plates
 red, green,yellow construction paper or crayons or markers,paints
 Cut the circle out of the middle of a large paper plate.( keep this outer edge to use a a fall  wreath later).
have the children tear pieces of constrution paper onto the cirlce part of the plate. They especially like to glue them on if you add liquid watercolor to the glue to give it color. Add the apples am tree you might have made or hang on wall, windows.
 I then use the outer part of the plate later, and as acorns, leafs,whatever we find on our fall nature walk and make a vey cute fall wreath.

Apple Sorting
green and yellow felt cut into apple shapes
flannel board

At circle time, place apple shapes on flannel board. For very young children, put one of each color, have children close their eyes and take one apple away. See if children can spot which one is missing. With older children, use all colors to learn sequencing. This is also a good time to discuss that apples are more colors than red, and can evolve into an apple tasting which can then evolve into how many children like red, how many like yellow, etc.

Submitted by Kevin
Cut a large pie shape from poster board.  Paint the top brown for the pie, and the bottom silver or gray for the pie pan.
Cut an apple shape for each student in the class and have the children color or paint them red.  Take a picture of each child and glue them to the apples.  Glue the apples to the pie.  Hang the pie on the wall at a level where the childrencan reach it.  Write the names of the children on small tagsof paper.  Add a piece of fun tack to the back of each tag and place them  in a basket next to where the pie is hanging.  Each day as thechildren come in, have them pick their name from the basket and put it on the pie next to their apple.   If you laminate the pie, use fun tack to attach the apples. This way you will be able to use it year after year.

Submitted by Trisha
Set up stations in which your "little tree planters" can rotate in-groups from state to state.
Because Johnny Appleseed traveled and planted apple trees in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, locate each of these states on a map. At each station, represent each state by displaying an outline of that state.
You could also have state shapes cut out that the could glue on a map as they "travel".

*Have apples cut horizontally for children to dip in to paint to make apple prints.
*Choose a pot from one of the students and have the group make predictions
of how many counters would fit in the pot. Record their predictions. Then
actually fill the pot with counters and count them. The one who gets closest to the actual amount wins an apple (or any other prize)
*String Apple Jacks cereal on a piece of yarn to make a necklace.
*Cut the apples in fourths to dip into melted caramel. Use toothpicks for spearing the apple pieces.
*Make applesauce and serve. Or buy prepared applesauce. Use dried apple chips to eat the applesauce.
*Bob for apples!

Have a birthday party for Johnny Appleseed.
Serve apple pie or apple muffins.
Sequence the growth of an apple tree.
Make a book of all the things we use apples for in our daily lives. Title:
Apples Are Useful
page 1 We grow apples. ( picture of an orchard)
page 2  We eat apples. (picture of an apple).
page 3  We make applesauce. (picture of  it)
page 4  We drink apple juice. ( picture of it)
page 5  We use vinegar. ( picture of bottle )
an explanation of how we use vinegar and what it is will be needed.
page 6 We drink apple cider. (picture) An explanation will be needed.
This would be a great book to make after a field trip to the orchard.  You
can make as many pages as your group will be interested. More ideas:
We make pie. We plant seeds.  We pick apples.

I like this project and I think it goes well with the beginning of the year especially for preK.
 Tearing is a beginning skill for scissors -- so I cut an apple shape, then have the children tear strips of red, yellow or green paper.  Have then tear a good sized pile, then have them glue the paper pieces on to the apple shape.
 To make it extra special, include this poem with a green handprint leaf.
  "This little apple that you see here
Was made just for you my preschool year.
 You'll never see one like it in all this great land,
 Because for a leaf I used my own little hand!"
Date and sign it.  :-)

Read the story Apple Pigs by Ruth Orback. Make and apple Pig using 2 red apples (one small, one large; 6 toothpicks, 6 silver ball cake decorations, 1 slice lemon, 1 pipe cleaner, scissors, apple corer of knife.

Hold the large apple on it's side and insert foour toothpicks for legs.
Cut the small apple in half.  Attch one half to the body with 5 toothpicks (with cut side facing out to make the face).
Rub the cut side with the lemon slice to keep it from turning brown.Cut a cylindrical shape from the remaining apple piece for the snout.  Attach with toothpicks.  Make holes for nostrils.Make two small hole for eyes and insert silver balls.  Make slits on top of head and put in leaves to make ears. too cute!

To the tune of Yankee Doodle
Peel an apple,
Cut it up,
Cook it in a pot.
When you taste it
you will find
It's applesauce you've got.

2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin in a bowl
Add 2 cups of boiling water
Stir until gelatin is dissolved.
Add one 6 oz can of unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate.
Pour into lightly greased cake pan.  Cut into squares when firm.

I cut out about 10 apples each of red, green and yellow.  I use construction paper and the ellison machine to make it easy.  I proceed to cut the leaf off some, the stem off others and a bite out of some.  I use these for patterning, color recognition, same/different, more/less, sorting by color and/or feature and, if you add dice, you have a simple math game (just have them roll and take that many apples from the pile).

Song - sung to "This Old Man"
Four red apples, on the tree
Two for you and two for me
So-o shake that tree and watch them fall
One, two, three, four, that is all.

Poem: "Ten Red Apples"
Ten red apples grow on a tree
Five for you and five for me
Help me shake the tree just so
And ten red apples down below
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10

Poems - A Little Red Apple
A little red apple
Hung high in a tree.
I looked up at it,
And it looked down at me.
"Come down, please," I called.
And what do you suppose?
That little red apple
Dropped right on my nose!

Poem - A squiggly little worm into my apple bit.
He chomped and chomped until the core he hit.
I asked him why he did it,
And though it sounds absurd,
He said, "I love apples."
Now that is what I heard.

Song - Applesauce  (to the tune of "Yankee Doodle")
Peel an apple,
cut it up,
cook it in a pot.
When you taste it
you will find
it's applesauce you've got.

Using canned biscuits, have the children roll out the dough and place spoonfuls of canned apple pie mix on it.  Seal them up and bake.  A good snack.

Johnny Appleseed always liked the sun, animals and being outdoors.  When he grew up, he decided to live outdoors and do something nice for other people.  He began walking through the fields and Forest, and over the mountains  he worn a pan on his head.  As he walked he talked to the animals  of the forest.  He also threw appleseeds where ever he walked.  He hoped to toss enough seeds to plant trees so everyone would always enjoy.  People began to call him Johnny Appleseed.  He like his new name!

Five Little Apples
Five little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
Four little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
Three little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
Two little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
One little apple hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
Now the tree is bare
There are no more apples there
But when next fall comes around
Guess who'll be there?
Need to make a Caterpillar, a bird, a pig, a horse, a scarecrow, 5 apples,
and an apple tree.

Farmer Brown
Farmer Brown had 10 red apples
hanging from a tree
He picked one apple
and ate it hungrily

(make eating noise)

Continue the song, counting down the number of apples

Did you know that you can make Raw Applesauce?  That's right, it doesn't have to be cooked!
  Raw Applesauce
  2 apples
  2 T. water
  1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  1/2 T. lemon juice**
  core the apples first
Put everything into a food processor and pulse-chop until it is the right consistency!  Yum!
  * You can certainly expand this recipe - just experiment with the amount of the remaining ingredients if you use more apples, you will probably use a smaller proportion of lemon juice and cinnamon,
  ** Lemon juice is added to keep the raw apples from turning brown

  This could be offered along with the cooked applesauce as a comparison.  If I were to do that, I would add cinnamon to the cooked recipe too so that the texture and raw vs. cooked taste is the focus.

Staple two 6" x 12' black construction -paper strips end to end.  Glue an apple cutout to the center of the band.  Staple the band to fit a child's head.  Round one end of a 9" x 3" construction-paper rectangle to resemble a pot handle.  Use a round or apple-shaped hole puncher to punch a hole in the rounded end of the handle.  Fold the opposite end of the handle, creating a tab for gluing.  Glue the handle to the headband.

Submitted by Brenda
(using magic marker draw a smiley face on your index finger, with your other hand form a fist to make an apple, start pushing index finger through fist as if worm is crawling into the apple)
A little worm into my apple bit
He chomped and chomped until the core he hit.
And when I asked him why (shrug shoulders)
Although it sounds absurb (Raise hands in air as if in doubt)
He said "I love apples" (rub tummy)
And that is what I heard! (Nodding head in yes motion)

Submitted by Rhonda
Make a blob of black or brown paint on white construction paper.
Blow through a straw to make the paint spread out to form branches of a tree.
When the paint is dry, use small pieces of red tissue paper made into little
balls to glue on the branches to make apples on the tree !

Core 4 medium rome or empire apples.  Peel if desired.  Cut into quarters.
Place the apples, 1/4-cup sugar, a few shakes of cinnamon and approximately
3/4-cup water into a large pot.
Cover and cook on medium heat (simmering) for 15-20 minutes.
Let the apples cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

VARIATION: Replace the sugar and cinnamon with candy cinnamon red hots.

I picked a little apple
I picked it from a tree
It was red and shiny,
And juicy as can be!
Oh apple,apple,apple.
I picked it from a tree.
Oh, apple, apple, apple.
It sure tastes good to me!

Submitted by Kim
5 little apples, sitting in a bowl. One wanted out and started to
roll. It hit the table and it hit my feet. How many apples left to eat. 4
little apples etc.

Submitted by Kim
We play "Pass the Apple"
(like hot potato), when the music stops and the child is holding the apple, he goes into the "applepot" (the center of the circle).  When all the "apples" are in the pot, we make applesauce, stir, add sugar, add cinnamon, taste, etc.  Kids giggle a lot when they have to start jiggling and boiling.

"Sometimes seeing a worm in an apple isn't so bad-- especially if you're the worm! Divide your group into thirds. Designate one group to be the worms. Pair the students in the remaining two groups. Ask the students in each pair to face each other and hold hand to represent an apple. Play some lively music as the worms move and wiggle around the apples. Then stop the music and direct each worm to find an apple in which to hide. Continue the game until everyone has had a chance to be a wiggle worm!"

I use tube biscuits  in the refrig section of store.  Use 2 biscuits per child.  Have child flatten one biscuit add about 1 tb. spoon of fresh apple that the children cut up themselves.  Add a little sugar and spice .  Cover apple with other biscuit.  Add a little sugar and bake at 350 for about 10 -12 minutes.  The children love them.

Kids are fascinated by worms! Once the children discover the worms in a puddle or the garden and are interested, I plan a day or two to let them explore them. I schedule Worm day a day in advance, and let parents know we may be getting a bit muddy. Actually, we get more than a bit muddy. *grin*(I plan on more clean-up time to allow for changing clothes). I teach 2's and 3's in the mornings; and K-2 Afterschoolers in the afternoons. The activities can easily be tailored for varied ages.

Some books we read-
Inch by Inch, Leo Lionni
Worms Wiggle, David Pelham
Wonderful Worms, Linda Glaser
Jack's Garden, Henry Cole

Worm Hunt Game- Get a pack (or 2 or 3- they love this)
of red pipe cleaners. Cut them into 2-inch lengths. Before kids arrive, hide in yard. For the little kids, I hide in obvious places, harder places for older ones. They hunt for the "worms", and bring them to paper cups in the middle of the yard. I do counting activities as they find the worms- younger kids count to 10 worms each, older ones do adding, splitting up, etc. (Since the K classes focus on  the number 100, I make sure I have 100)

Worm Dig- Since I have raised beds in the vegetable garden, its easy to dig and find worms in an unplanted area. They're usually closer to the surface on cloudy days, and wetting the soil a few hours before you dig also helps. You can buy worms from a garden center or bait store to "stock" your dirt! We use small plastic shovels, and the squeemish kids can use disposable gloves or baggies on their hands if they wish. Even the most "anti-worm" kids end up fascinated if you are atter-of-fact and calm about holding a worm flat on your palm. (alright, I use gloves, too!)We put our worms in a bucket, and then make a:

Worm Farm- Cut the top off a plastic soda bottle, tape the edge. Pour in 2 inches gravel or stones for drainage (good way to get small rocks out of the yard!) Then, alternate 2 inches of sand, 2 inches of dirt. Put a few small pieces of banana peel in the middle- worm food. Continue with layers till top. Add worms, cover top with plastic wrap and tape, with a few air holes. Tape black construction paper around bottle, and leave for a day or 2 (I try to do this on a Friday). When you take the paper off, you will see the tunnels the worms have made, and the layers will have shifted and mixed. Great way to show how worms work in the garden!

Gummy worms- Same recipe as for Gummy raindrops, just
have kids dribble mixture into worm shapes. I can
repost the recipe if you missed it. Yum!

Worm Art- dip pieces of yarn into paint, drag across
paper to make squiggles, lines, etc.

Little Wiggle Worm song
(sung to I'm a Little Teapot- do index finger motions
to match words)
I'm a little wiggle worm, watch me go!
I can wiggle fast, or very very slow
I wiggle all around, then back I go
Down into the ground, to the home I know

Before beginning, give each child a pipe cleaner to wind around his/her index
finger, leaving one of the ends pointed upward as the head.  Now sing:

 Tune:  "The Eensy-Weensy Spider"

 The little wiggle worm                        (wiggle pipe cleaner worm)
 Went crawling underground.               (wiggle worm under hand)
 Down Came the rain;                         (wiggle fingers downward)
 Soon mud was all around.                  (open arms wide)

 Rain filled the tunnels                         (open hand; move fingers
 And pushed out the little worm.            (push worm through other hand)
 So the puddles on the ground              (make an O with hand)
 Were the only place to squirm.            (wiggle worm into O)

To this activity, use the pipe cleaner worm with a variety of following
direction sort of activities...put you worm on something that rhymes with
bear (hair)...or egg (leg)....  OR  make your worm touch something  OR  move the worm up, now do the opposite...front
and the opposite....

More... Small Snakes
Wind coloured pipe cleaners around a pencil to make snakes.
plant a fallen branch in a bucket of sand and wind the snakes around the

Have the children sit in a circle and choose one child to be in the middle to be the Wiggle Worm.  Recite the poem below and have the 'wiggle worm' act out the movements... Continue doing this until all children have had a turn.

One day while I was playing,
I met a tiny worm.
Instead of going straight,
He squirmed and squirmed and squirmed.

Here now, let me show you
How he got around.
He wiggled, wiggled, wiggled
All across the ground.
(substitute he with she when appropriate) Or have all the children act out the wiggle worm parts as a group instead of sitting in a circle and one does it at a time.

Make edible worms out of peanut butter dough. Mix two cups of dry powdered
milk, two cups of creamy peanut butter, and one-half cup of honey in a mixing
bowl.  When the dough has reached a smooth consistency, give each child a
small ball to transform into a worm.

Inch Worm-Walk--Stand with your feet together, bend, and touch your hands to
the floor just in front of your feet. Walk your hands forward - without
moving your feet up  - until you can't go any farther. Then walk your feet up
to your hands. (If some of the children cannot do this, they could always lie
down on the floor and wiggle any
way they can.)

Sometimes after it rains,
If we go outside,
We can watch the worms,
As they slip and slide.

Wigglers dawdle in mud,
Squirming in and out.
Let's take off our shoes
To see what it's about.

First we'll tiptoe gently
Joining worms at play.
Slip, slide, squirm, and glide.
Let's stay here all day!

  I'm a little apple
  small and round.
  I make a cruncy, munchy sound.
  If you bite into me
  you will see.
  I'm as delicious as can be!

Submitted by Jan
Materials:  An tree and apples with faces on.
Add smiling apples to flannel tree and sing the song.  Change
the apples to mad, sad, tired. etc.

Way up high in the apple tree.
Two little apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples.
Ummmmm! Ummmm! Good.

Materials:  Two apples and a small basket.
Hickory, dickory, dee,
The apple hung on the tree.
The wind blew them down.
And (insert child’s name) came around.
Gathering the apples under the tree.

The children sit in a circle.  One child is chosen to be the tree and stands in the middle.  The child in the middle stretches
his or her arms out like branches and holds an apple in each hand.  As the song is being sung he or she blows in the wind and then drops the apples.  On the last line the teacher calls out one child’s name and he or she has to quickly get the basket and run and pick up the apples.

Submitted by Diane
We make an apple book that has 8 pages with a position concept at the bottom of the page.  For example one page may say, "put the apple on top of the tree" and another may say, "put the apple beside the tree".  We do 8 of those so we have 8 specific position concepts.  The children get to paint their arms brown, their hands green and use fingerprint red apples.  Of course all of this is done one on one and we do all 8 pages at the same time.  For example the first day I start this project, we'll just do the arms brown. (have a tub of warm sudsy water next to you) :). The next day we'll do the green hand prints for the trees, and the next day we do the red apples.  Next, you tape an apple on a piece or ribbon to the back of the last page.  The child uses this apple to demonstrate the 'position concept' on each page of their book.  Hope this makes sense--got this idea off a list last year and loved it!

Another idea to demonstrate math concepts is to use a scale (the kind with two sides).  Put an apple on one side and ask the children how many teddy bear counters will it take to weigh as much as the apple.  They estimate first and count up to the correct amount.

Submitted by Kris
One of the crafts I like to do with my preK class is a "cut and tear" apple.  I have an apple shape cut out of regular paper, then I have strips of red (or green or yellow) paper.  The idea is for the children to tear small pieces of the paper, make a pile of pieces, then when they have enough they can glue the papers on the apple shape like a mosaic.  If they are very proficient they could also cut using scissors, but the tearing is good for their small muscle development!  Some may say they "can't" do it, but with a demonstration and encouragement most usually do.  This method works well for any theme or holiday -- you can even do a class mural with many different colors.

Submitted by Susi
This little apple, apple, apple
This little apple is my home.
It has a little chimney, chimney, chimney
It has a little chimney small and brown.
It's very pretty, my little house
It's very pretty this I know!
This little apple, apple, apple
This little apple is my home!
I made a apple shape prop to go with this with a hole big enough to fit a finger through to put a finger puppet of a worm in. You wiggle the little worm as you sing the song.

Submitted by Vicky
    Our theme for the beginning of the year is apples. I made a 3 dimensional tree and leaves with brown kraft paper. On the tree, I made stuffed paper apples with the kraft paper. They are stuffed with cottonand hot glued together, then painted red, green, and yellow. I paint the children's names on them and hang them on the tree. This helps them identify their names and the color group they are in. I also made smaller apples for their color boxes and glue cubbies. The smaller apples are laminated. The big ones are keepsakes to take home at the end of the year. We have lots of apples to count, classify, measure, graph, match, etc... Of course, we have real ones to eat!

Submitted by Jan
Trace an apple shape onto red construction paper for the children to cut out.  (or other apple colors)
For the stems, trace the children’s hands and cut out.
Glue the hand stem to the apple cutout.
Glue the following poem on it.

This little apple that you see here,
Was made just for you in my Preschool year.
You’ll never find the same apple in all this great land,
Because for a stem I used my own little hand.

 Following submitted by Anita
An Apple Smile
Core and slice an apple.  Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice.  Place four tiny marshmallows on top of the peanut butter of one slice.  Top with another apple slice, peanut butter side down. Gently squeeze together.  Enjoy!!

Apple coleslaw
In a bowl mix together 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 tsp. Lemon juice.  Grate 1 large apple and 1 small cabbage and add them to the mayonnaise mixture. Makes 8 servings.
Apple finger cubes
Pour 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin into a bowl.  Add 2 cups boiling water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved.  Add one 6 oz. can unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch cake pan and chill.  Cut into squares when firm.
Steamed Apples
Give each child an apple cut in half. Let them sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them. Using and electric skillet, have
each child put two tablespoons of water in the skillet. Each child place their apples in the skillet. Put the lid on the skillet and simmer about 5 min. or so until the apples are soft. The children really like them.  You can add whipped cream to them, or  maybe some ice cream for an almond taste.
Individual Apple Pies
Ready-made pie crust (the kind that comes packaged flat in the dairy case), canned apple pie filling--Have each
child cut out two large circles of pie crust (using a large, round cookie cutter or a large plastic  drinking cup). Put a
spoonful of pie filling in the middle of one circle. Place the second dough circle on top.  Use a fork to crimp the edges and pierce a few holes in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake in a toaster oven (or regular oven) 10-15
minutes or until brown.
Apple Honey Grahams
Apples, Graham crackers, Peanut butter. Give each child a slice of apple and a table knife for dicing the apple. Spread a graham cracker slice with  peanut butter. Sprinkle diced apples on top.
Apple Sandwiches
Apples, Peanut butter. Slice apples the "round way" so that a star is formed in the center. Spread a slice with peanut butter and top  with a second slice to form a sandwich. (You won't need to core the apples if the slices are thin.)
Dried Apple Rings
Peel, core, and cut apples into rings. Put in salted water for 15 minutes. Dry for  two weeks.

Following cross curricular ideas submitted by Margie
Song: Worms In The Apple Tree
Tune: Laugh Cookabury
Look at all the worms in the apple tree,
Eating all the apples they do see,
CRUNCH, when they eat their lunch,
There will be no apples left for me.
Look at all the birdies, they do call,
Eating all the worms up, one and all,
SLURP, little birdies burp,
Guess there will be apples after all.

SKILLS ENHANCED: Matching, Visual, Cooperative Play, Active Involvement.
6 Posterboard strips (approx. 6x11" each)
6 Red construction paper apples
6 Yellow construction paper apples
6 green construction paper apples
Black permanent marker
Lamination or contact paper

Draw 18 different faces (ie: sleepy eyes with nose and smile; triangle  eyes with nose and sad face) on the 18
construction paper apples.  Glue the red apples at the top of each of the 6 posterboards; the yellow  apples in the middle and the green apples at the bottom. (The apple posterboards will resemble a stoplight, sort of.) Contact or  laminate each card. Now cut out 18 more apples (6 of each color) and draw the same faces  on these apples. Laminate/contact these apples.  These apple cut-outs  will be the lotto or bingo cards to match to the corresponding apple face on the lotto/bingo posterboard pieces. Have one player hold up a card (or the teacher) and the
child who has  the matching face will put the card over his/her matching face. Play  until all children have their cards filled up. It's a fun/everyone finishes game!!!

the following cross-curriculum ideas were submitted by Marilyn
Title: Study of Apples - Circle Time
I begin my circle time by asking the children what is their favorite fruit. (very open ended) then I have them try to guess my favorite fruit (which just happens to conveniently be apples) I have books from the library that show pictures of apples, orchards, foods, etc.  I also bring in a tree branch with the apples still attached (lucky to have an apple tree in my backyard) Many of these 3's believe that apples grow in the supermarket, but seeing the tree branch is wonderful for them.  I then take out three apples (red, green and yellow) from a bag and ask the children to tell me what is the same about the apples and what is different.  (all have stems, round, shinny, leaves on top) but the colors are different.  Then I have them guess what is inside each one.  We then cut the apples to show that seeds are in each one, no matter what color they are.  I save the apples for snack a little later.

Title: Apple Painting - Art
I have apples cut lengthwise and widthwise and the children use them to print on paper in red, green and yellow tempera paint.

Title Apple Charm - Art and Math
Put out bowls of applesauce and cinnamon.  You mix equal parts of applesauce to equal parts of cinnamon  (1cup to 1 cup)  Mix thoroughly and make a dough consistency.  Have the children roll it out, and use cookie cutters to make shapes.  Let dry on a cookie sheet for about 2 days (maybe more) and turn over to dry.  Make sure to make a hole at the top with a straw so that when it drys you can string yarn through it to hang.  It makes a lovely scented necklace or decoration.

Title: Planting Seeds - Science
I save the seeds from the apples we use and the children plant them.  I use the detergent jug caps as small containers for soil.  They leave the plants in school and then we do the same with the pumpkin seeds from our pumpkin.  We compare the appearance of the plant growth.  The pumpkin grows very quickly and with a sturdy vine.

Title: Applesauce - Science and Cooking
Make applesauce.  Allow the children to cut the apples into tiny slices and put in a pot.  Add a little sugar, cinnoman and raisins.  Add some water and cook over medium heat until apples soften and thicken.  Show the children the raw apple slices compared to the applesauce.  Show them how matter changes from solid to semi-liquid.  This is good for fine motor skills(cutting apples), math experience (measurments) socialization (taking turns) and attention span (following directions)

Title: Apple Graph - Math
Make a chart by putting a picture of three different colored apples at the top.  Have each child's name written down the left hand margin.  Pass out a slice of each type of apple and then have each child tell you which was his favorite  (red, yellow or green)  Tally up the results and make a total at the bottom of each column.  I purchase the colored sticker labels from the stationery store for the children to use to put on the chart.  If they like a red apple, they place their red circle sticker under the red, yellow circle sticker under the yellow apple, etc.  They enjoy doing this because they get to use stickers!!!!!!!

Title: Tiny Apple Seed
Tune: Insey Weensy Spider
The tiny little apple seed
was planted in the ground,
down came the rain,
falling all around,
out came the sun,
as bright as bright can be,
and the tiny little appleseed
became an apple tree!

I use a flannelboard with this.  I make a small brown seed, about 10 blue raindrops, a big yellow sun and the tree with red apples on it.  But...the real fun is when the children act it out.  I make some children apple seeds.  They sit very scrunched up on the rug, some are the raindrops and move their fingers, some are suns and hold their hands above their heads, and finally...everyone jumps up to become an appletree by reaching their arms way up high.  They LOVE it

Title:  Apple Dip  - Science and Cooking
Mix some peanut butter & vanilla yogurt together. I can't remember who told me about this, but it's good and they love it and the peanut butter won't stick in their mouthes and cause choking since it's cut with yogurt.

Title: Apple Surprise poem
10 shiny apples, hanging on a tree.
"Whish" went the wind And they all fell on me.
I picked up one and started to laugh,
When i found a surprise after I cut it in half.

Title: Apple and worm name tags - Name recognition and Art
Cut out apple shapes about the size of your hand on cereal boxes. Cut out and use as a pattern. Let each child trace the pattern on red construction paper and then cut it out. Use green constuction paper scraps and cut out a leaf shape. Children then can cut out a worm shape or use a piece of plastic foam packing material to add the apple. Write or let the children write their names on the apple. Identify each letter of their name. Apples then can be placed all mixed up on a table and let each child identify their own name.

Title: Apple tree rhyme
Way up high in an apple tree (hold arms over head)
2 little apple smiled at me (hold up 2 fingers to cheeks)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake tree)
Down came 2 apples. Mmmm, they were good! ( rub stomach and smile)

Title: Apple On A Stick - poem
Apple on a stick, apple on a stick
I can lick it all day and not get sick.
Apple in a cup, apple in a cup
I can drink it all day and not fill up.
Apple in a crunch, apple in a crunch
I can eat it all day, it is so good to munch
Apple in a cake, apple in a cake
I can eat it all day with no tummy ache
Apple in a pie, apple in a pie
I can eat it all day and never cry.
Apple in a dish, apple in a dish
I can eat it all day, it's so delish!

Title: Red Apple - poem
A little red apple
Hung high in a tree
I looked up at it
And it looked down at me
"Come down, please" I called
And what do you suppose---
That little red apple
Dropped right on my nose!

Title: Five Red Apples - poem
Five red apples in a grocery store
Bobby bought one & then there were 4
Four red apples on an apple tree
Susie ate one & then there were 3
Three red apples. What did Alice do?
Why she ate one & then there were 2
Two red apples ripening in the sun
Tommy ate one, & now there was one
One red apple & now we are done
I ate the last one & now there are none!

Title: Ten Red Apples
Here I have five apples. (hold up five fingers on right hand)
And here are five again. (hold up both hands)
How many apples altogether?
Why, five and five makes ten.


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