Apple Crafts & Activities For Preschool

easy apple crafts and activities for preschool I was going to take today off of posting but then I noticed how well the apples crafts and activities I have been posting on my Pinterest boards have been doing. I decided to bring together my favorite apple crafts and activities as well as some of the coolest ones I have pinned from other blogs. Here are the best 25 apple crafts and activities for preschool.

apple tree letters
Alphabet Apple Tree
Toilet Paper Roll Apple
Cereal Box Apples
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Simple Apple Craft For Toddlers
Bobbing for Apples ( with tongs) by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Paper Bag Apple Treat Bags
apple eruptions
Apple Eruptions ( baking soda and vinegar) by Growing A Jeweled Rose
Cereal Box Apples
Apple a Letter Craft
apples yarn
Yarn Apples from Hands on As We Grow
Apple Sensory Tub
Apple Tasting by The Pleasantest Thing
Apple Print Wreath

apple seed math for preschool
Apple Seed Math from PBS Parents
Fine Motor Apples
Candy Apple Math Game
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10 Apples Up On Top Activity from Buggy and Buddy
Apple Lacing Craft
Find The Letter On The Apple from PBS Parents
coffee filter apple sun catchers
Coffee Filter And Paper Plate Suncatchers
Wormy Apple Craft
Green Apple Playdough from Playdough to Plato

apple tree craft for toddlers
Pom Pom Apple Tree
Basket of Apples
Apple Pie Sensory Play by Fun-A-Day

Spin Painted Leaves – Fall Art Project

spin painted leaves fall art project for kidsWe eat a lot of salad at our house but the only thing our $5 salad spinner is used for is art. These fall art project is super simple to make. As a treat we made ours with acrylic paint known as ” Mama’s adult paint” at our house. It worked well but in my experience the best paint for spin painting is Liquid Tempera Paint like these ( affiliate link) the consistency is just right for spinning. I cut the leaves out free hand ( like you can’t tell…) but you can use real leaves as templates or cookie cutters. Art like this is so dynamic and fun and it focuses heavily on the process but still had an end product.

Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, scissors, paint, a salad spinner, some string and tape to hang them once they are dry. We used some gold glitter paint as well and this MADE the leaves. So cool. spin painted leaves for for fall art project

Cut out your leaves. Don’t  laugh I know mine are terrible but the little artists loved them and that is all that matters!fall art project spin painted art for kids

Pop a card stock leaf into the spinner and choose some paint. spin painted leaves fall art activity for kids

Add the paint fall spin art for childrenin and spin! fall art spinner painting

Our paint was a little thicker so we printed the leaves on some extra paper, then left them in the sun to dry. fall leaves art for kids

Once dry I added thread to the back  and hung them in the window.

spin painted leaves for children fall art project

 

Coffee Filter & Paper Plate Apple Craft for Fall

easy apple craft for preschoolApples are what fall here is all about because we have six apple trees in our front yard and spend much time in the fall cooking with the apples, giving the apples away, and sometimes using the apples to paint too. When I asked my daughter what she thought of when I said fall the two words that popped out of her mouth were apples and leaves. You’ll see the leaf craft we made the same day as these apples later this week. This coffee filter  and paper plate apple craft for preschool is easy to make and a super fun process. If I was doing this craft in a classroom I would pair it with some hands on investigation of real apples like a simple taste test between two kinds of apples, a apple hunt outside that culminated in making crock pot applesauce in class, or for older kids something like this experiment from Coffee Cups & Crayons.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper plates, some red and green paint, scissors, coffee filters, a spray bottle, regular old markers, some painter’s tape , and paint brushes. Ignore the stapler I ended up not using it. If you don’t have paper plates you can try this similar craft from Gift of Curiosity.

paper plate and coffee filter apple craft for preschool

Start by coloring the coffee filters. Ours were taped down to our cutting board because it was pretty windy outside.coffee filter apple craft for kids

While they color you can cut the middle out of the paper plate and use the discarded middle to make a stem.paper plate apple craft

Once they are happy with how much color they have added spray!

coffee filter apple craft for preschool and toddlers

 

While the coffee filters dry ( and if you are low on time hairdriers are amazing at speeding up the process). Paint the apples.

paper plate coffee filter craft for kids

Paint the stem.coffee filter apples activity for preschool

Let everything dry. Tape the coffee filters inside the apple coffee filter apple craft for toddlersVoila!coffee filter apple sun catchersIt was hot out so drying only took about an hour. While you wait read some apple books ( check out our favorites below).coffee filter and paper plate apple suncatcher craft for preschool

 

 

Books About Apples

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ten red apples

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins is a simple but effective and delightfully bouncy countdown book. The tree starts with 10 red apples but one after another farm animal swipes an apple , despite the farmer’s protests. The sing song rhymes are fun to read out loud and my 4 year old enjoyed announcing the numbers as we counted down. The illustrations look like wood toys and I thought they were charming but my toddler told me he was scared of the farmer’s wife!

apple pie abc

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray is a really cute alphabet book and story about a dog and an apple pie. You can imagine what the dog wants to do with the apple pie. The way the author / illustrator weaves an alphabet book out of a simple story about a dog wanting to eat a fresh baked pie is awesome. I really like this book for 4 and 5 year olds because there are some really great words and they can anticipate what is going to happen. My son loved it. The vintage inspired illustrations were my favorite, I wanted to frame each page.

Apples, Apples, Apples

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace will not be returned to the library on time. We got it out today and my son has had me read it to him 3 times, and his dad read it twice. Clearly it gets the 3 year old seal of approval. It also gets mine. The story is more than just a story about a family going apple picking at an orchard. It explains all sorts of apple facts but what I really love is that it also explains that there are different kinds of apples and each are used for different things. Since each member of the family is using their apples for different purposes that fact is driven home . Great book for preschoolers going on a apple picking field trip , making applesauce or apple prints.

 

Early Learning Linky !

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Even though summer isn’t officially over until the 21st of September I can’t help but think that Labor Day is the end of summer. We have had so much fun sharing great summer activities but now it’s time for all fantastic fall ideas. We gathered up a bunch of ours a few days ago in this list of fall activities and crafts for preschool. Now I want to see yours. I would love for you to share your fall themed early learning activities, play ideas, and crafts buy linking them up below.

If you need more fall ideas I have had fun curating links from all over on my Fall Lessons & Activities For Preschool board on Pinterest.

Thanks again for taking time out of your day to check out these links and leave some of your own!



How To Prepare Your Kids For School From The Inside Out #QuakerUp

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School supplies, new shoes, maybe a new backpack too. These things are important but this post about being prepared for school is about being prepared on the inside. As a paid Quaker For Classrooms Ambassador I have been sharing ways to get your kids ready for school as well as my own teacher appreciation story.  My own children go back next week and these are my tried and true steps to making sure they are ready on the inside for the first day of school.

1. Everything is easier with a good night’s sleep.

A good night’s sleep is imperative for kids who tend to worry. It can also be a really really hard thing to get when you are a natural worrier. A calming bedtime routine with ample time to wind down is a must.  I find that laying down in the dark after reading and just chatting with my son is the magic recipe for him to open up and tell me what he’s worried about. I don’t always have the answers but worries usually lose a lot of their power once they are spoken out loud, even if no solution is offered up.  For children aged 5-12 a full night of sleep is between 10-11 hours. While some need more very few typically developing children need less. If your child is expressing school anxiety while you try to address more specific causes, try adding in some more shut eye so whatever else is troubling them they are better prepared to deal with it.

 

 2. Hungry = Hangry

A full belly isn’t just about physical energy. Have you ever noticed how angry you can be when you are hungry? Distracted, emotional, impatient… and that’s just me! Kids need to have a full belly to handle all the challenges both emotional and intellectual at school. There is not a ton parents can really control ( even if we may want to) after we send our kids off to school but we can make sure they are ready and a nutritious breakfast is something wee can do. For parents that can’t many times teachers step in.quakerup

Quaker and Adopt A Classroom is trying to change that. I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. From July 7 to Sept. 30, purchase specially -marked Quaker products and enter the unique package codes online at www.QuakerUpForClassrooms.com. For every code entered online, Quaker will donate $1 to AdoptAClassroom.org up to $250,000 (minimum donation of $150,000) to help fuel classrooms across the country. Plus, you’ll get a coupon for $1 off Quaker products. Learn more at www.QuakerUpForClassrooms.com.

When children are able to focus on the task at hand they are less likely to end up in situations that might create new worries.

3. Get A Sneak Peek

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Keeping children (especially those who worry) in the loop about what they are expected to do is really important.  If you have a meet and greet do not skip it. Even if you can’t go and have to send a babysitter or grandparent for those kids that worry about the unknown these lower pressure events are perfect. If you do go take a bunch of pictures. You can make it seem like you are super awesome scrapbooker who documents everything when in reality those pictures are to pour over for the next few days to prepare your child who needs that extra prep. The 5 photos I grabbed of my son’s kindergarten class during the open house really helped him feel ready to walk in the doors a few days later.

I love this post from Modern Parents Messy Kids on preparing a child for preschool. They use pictures as well!

4. Practice Your Morning Routine.

Even a well fed, well rested, and generally chill kid can be completely thrown off by ” Oh my gosh we are late, shoes, get your shoes, where are your shoes? What? You have gym today? Crap where are your socks, we are going to be late just put them on on the bus…”

Know how long it will take you to get out that door  and practice it. Everyone will be calmer because of it.

out the door

5. Connect Before School

If you are able to make friendship connections before school starts that is ideal, though not always possible. Play dates early on in the school year can help insecure children feel like that classroom is a more friendly place.

6. Read About School.

I would be completely inauthentic if I didn’t include the advice to use books as tools to prepare and break the ice about worries. Here is a list of books about school for you to check out!

 

As stated above I was compensated by Quaker for my role as a classroom ambassador. All the advice is just from me.