Late September is a great time to teach a kindergarten apple theme. Many varieties of apples are ripe, there are orchards to visit and opportunities to learn information about apples in many of the subject areas. Children are fascinated by machines and especially ones with handles they can turn. The apple corer and food mill (see below) for making applesauce were always a hit in my classroom.
There are many apple books available and apple poems and rhymes are abundant online. Poems and stories are a great starting point for apple science and math. Read this post for an apple theme math and literature activity based on “Ten Apples Up on Top”.
Apple theme science – playing with apple machines
- Borrow or purchase an apple corer and peeler machine
- Let each child core their own apple (wash it first!)
- Bake apple tarts
- Make applesauce leaving skin on and core in (check for bugs)
- Borrow or purchase a sieve (see top photo) to grind to apple pulp and separate cores from sauce. The children love turning the handle and watching the pulp drip out the bottom.
- Discuss how machines help us prepare food
- Record discussion comments in a class book, have children illustrate pages
Observe the characteristics of an apple
- Look for the star in the apple (cut horizontally)
- Cut both ways to see the seeds inside.
- Visit an apple orchard
- Read “How do Apples Grow”
- Cut and glue, how does an “Apple Grow Worksheet”
- Create an apple tree throughout the seasons book (see below)
Make an “Apple Tree Through the Seasons” book
- Teacher cuts tree trunk shapes for tracers out of lightweight card. (free pattern here…)
- Photocopied sheets of 8.5 x 11″ .. Use this link “The apple tree in _______”
- Dark brown jumbo crayon with paper taken off
- Small groups of children work at the tables while the others are in centers.
- Each child puts one cut out tree trunk under a piece of white paper with the words photocopied on it (see materials).
- Tape the edges of the paper to the table. The children rub over the paper with a dark brown jumbo crayon on its side and the edges of the cardboard trunk underneath will appear.
- Have the students make 4 papers each, one for each season. Some will need help to finish four images.
- Help students print their names on all four sheets.
- Don’t worry about removing the tape from the corners of the paper, just peel it off the table and fold it over the papers.
- Decorate one page for each season, over a week’s time, discussing the seasonal changes. Read a book such as, “The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree”.
- Children fill in the season on each page, if able.
Spring: Glue bits of pink tissue on the spring tree, press small pieces into a spot of glue with the eraser end of a pencil.
Summer: Draw or glue small green apples on the summer page.
Autumn: Use a red bingo dabber to make red apples on the autumn page
Winter: Bare branches and snowmen work well in winter. A blue sky with dabs of white paint help finish the picture.