Whether you’re learning about apples or using the apple theme for the letter A these apple activities are so much fun and perfect for preschool and kindergarten.
We just started easing my son into his pre-K year with Blossom and Root the Early Years so I went all out with the letter A. We spent the week doing all the apple activities and had so much fun. I love all these activities because you can do them with multiple ages and meet your child where they are at.
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Count the apple seeds kindergarten activity
For this kindergarten counting activity, I made mini apples with numbers on them and placed them in a muffin tin. My son then counted the corresponding number of “apple seeds”, black beans, into each tin. You could easily get rid of the muffin tin and the handmade apples.
Make an A with apple seeds activity
For this letter-forming activity, I wrote an uppercase letter A on red paper and my son glued down “apple seeds” for the letter A. After it dried we cut out an apple shape, added a green leaf, and glued it to another piece of paper. This activity is great for kids of multiple ages. They can do as much or as little of the activity as they are able. I also loved this activity because we talked about the shape of the letter A, how to write the letter A and its sound.
I think my son loved this one the most. We went to the store together and picked out a couple of different apples for our tasting. He had never tried a green apple so he was very excited. I cut them all up for snack time, sat together, and tried all the apples. Some of the things we talked about while tasting the apples were the colors of the apple, the texture of the apple (was it crunchy or soft), the taste of the apple (was it sweet or tart), and the name of the apple. You could take this tasting activity further and learn about a particular apple variety’s history. This was also a great time to talk about the anatomy of the apple and examine it.
Make an apple treat
After our apple-tasting snack, we used the leftover apples and made some apple sauce. My son loves to cook and this is a perfect way to get him involved. This is a great way to get kids of all ages involved. Some can do the chopping, some can add the apples and juice to the pan and older kids can do the stirring. Here is a delicious recipe for Maple Apple Butter. I love every Half-baked Harvest makes.
Paint with an apple/stamp with an apple
Our painting wasn’t as successful as we hoped but we had a lot of fun. For this apple activity, I sliced an apple in half, got some paint and paper, and played with stamping the apple. We tried experiments we tried were dipping the apple directly in the paint, brushing the paint on the apple, and then stamping it. We also used the apple as a brush and smeared it across the page. I loved this activity because before we painted we were able to slice the apple open and really talk about the anatomy of the apple. As we painted we talked about mixing colors and what primary colors are.
Find the Letter A
My son loves the “Find the letter” activities. For this one, I decided to create an apple-themed one. We did these over multiple days. I created 3 different sheets one for the upper, the lower, and one combined. If you want these you can check them out below. You can also do this same activity with chalk outside
How many apples fit? -Giving Tree STEAM
I can’t take credit for this activity I saw it on Pinterest while we were reading The Giving Tree and I thought it fit. For this stem activity, you will need a toilet paper roll or something equivalent, popsicle sticks, and pom poms. The object of the activity is to see how to fit the most amount of the “apples” on the tree. Once they have figured out how to get all the apples on the tree you can challenge them to see how apples they can get with the least about of popsicle sticks.
Apple Pattern Activity
This apple pattern activity is a great math lesson. You can have the child color in the pattern, use dot markers, or even dot the paper with paint on their finger. If you want this free printable check out below.
Watercolor Painting of Apples
You could do this with any medium but I am partial to watercolors. For this apple activity, you can have your child try to paint an apple or have them paint a large area apple colored and cut out apples after it has dried. You can also work with browns and greens for a stem and leaves. This is a great time to talk about the fine details of the apple. You can ask questions like “is the apple all one color or is it multiple colors?” “is the apple large or small?”. This is also a great time to practice watercolor techniques with wet on wet and wet on dry.
Tiffany McCoy says
Such good ideas! My daughter seems like a hands on learner so this will be good for her!