Apples, Apples Everywhere!- By Janine
Fall is in the air. This is a great time of year for apple themed activities and projects in your classroom. Here are a few of my favorites.
Stained Glass Apples
- Wax paper
- Elmer’s Glue
- 1”x1” Tissue paper squares – I usually do two color groupings – shades of red and pink as well as shades of green and yellow
- Apple pattern
- Yarn or Ribbon
1. Precut your wax paper into a square shape that is slightly larger than your apple pattern.
2. Use a paintbrush to coat the piece of wax paper with glue.
3. Have the child decide if they are making a red apple or a green apple. Then have them cover their wax paper with the tissue paper squares. Encourage them to cover the entire paper. It is okay if they overlap the tissue paper squares.
4. Once the child has finished, glue the 2nd sheet of wax paper on top of the first.
5. Once dry, you can trace your apple pattern onto the wax paper and cut out the apple. Punch a hole in the top and use ribbon or string to hang. These look beautiful in front of a window or other light source. I always had hooks hanging from my ceiling to and projects from as well.
- Apples that have been cut in half to show the star seed pattern
- Paint in various colors
- Construction Paper
1. Tell the children that every apple has a star inside of it. Then cut the apple in half so they can see how the pattern of the seeds forms a star.
2. Allow the children to use the cut in half apples to make prints.
3. Once dry, you can add a copy of this rhyme to the children’s picture. “In every apple near and far, is a happy little star!”
Hand Made Apple Trees
- White construction paper
- Brown Construction paper
- Green Paint
- red tissue paper squares or small red apple cut outs
1. Use the brown construction paper to make tree trunks. Have the child glue the tree trunk onto the white paper.
2. Paint the child’s hand with green paint and help them make handprints to create the top of the tree.
3. Once dry, have the child scrunch of small pieces of red tissue paper to look like apples and glue them to the tree. If you prefer, have the child glue apple shaped cut outs to their tree.
No Bake Apple Crisp
This is a great snack activity for programs that do not have access to an oven.
- plastic cups and spoons
- apple pie filling
- sugar and cinnamon mix
- whipped cream
1. Have each child scoop some pie filling into their cup.
2. Have them sprinkle granola over the pie filling.
3. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the top.
4. Add a dollop of whipped cream