A is for Apple
Activity 1: Letter A is for Apple
It’s always a good idea to start with a book. We chose “10 Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss for a great apple themed book. We’re starting an alphabet mural on our wall and so can you! Beginning with the letter A, we’re going to cut out themed letters to hang on our wall at least once a week. By the time we’re done, we’ll have the entire alphabet. We’ll be trying to tie the theme into the letter design.
Activity 2: Homemade Applesauce
Cooking with kids is a fun way to learn about measuring, following directions and fine motor skills. We made delicious homemade applesauce with only a few ingredients in a crockpot. Simply peel and dice a dozen apples. Add 1 cup of water, ½ cup sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Allow to cook in the crockpot on low for several hours. Stir occasionally. The finished product will be slightly lumpy (and delicious). We suggest serving it warm but you can serve it chilled as well.
Activity 3: Guesstimation and Graphing Apple Seeds
Before you discard unwanted apple cores, use the opportunity to explore apple seeds. Talk about where apples come from, how they grow and how many seeds are in an each apple. Using a spoon or butter knife (with parental supervision), have the child dig through and find all the apple seeds. Use a simple graph or tally chart to keep track of how many seeds they find in each apple.
Activity 4: Apple Stamps
I know it’s not polite to play with your food but this activity deserves a pass! Cut apples in half and dip into colored paint. Press down firmly and reveal fun apple prints. You can try pattern, colleagues and more. For easier stamping, try pushing a fork into the top of the apple for handling.
Activity 5: Apple Pie Play Dough
We started with a simple salt dough recipe (1 cup flour, 1 cup salt, ½ water) and added a dash of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. If you don’t have those spices available, try adding a small package of instant apple cider. Add a few drops food coloring as desired and mix well. It smells delicious!