Apple Picking Time
Apple Picking Time

Apples in a row

The Apple Tree Song (Tune: "This Old Man") -

Way up high in the tree,
Two red apples smiled at me.
So I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Down came the apples,
Mm-mm- Good!

(Point up.)
(Hold up 2 fingers.)
(Pretend to shake tree.)
(Bring hands down.)

(Pat tummy.)
Adaptations: Vary the number of apples up in the tree.
Make a felt tree and felt apples to use as you sing the song.

Apple Slice

Teach the children this apple poem:
Take an apple round and red.
Don't slice down, slice through instead.
Look inside it and you'll see,
A special star for you and me!

Don't Forget the Stars! - (Before you tell this story, purchase a bag of apples and place them in a large paper sack with a knife. Hold the bag in your lap as you begin telling the story below.)

One day when I was a little girl (or boy) just like you, I got to visit my grandmother. My grandmother said, "Let's bake some cookies. But first we have to go to the store and get the ingredients." She said, "Write these things down on our shopping list: eggs, sugar, flour and butter. Oh, and don't forget to write down stars." I wasn't quite sure what grandmother meant by "stars," but I wrote it down just the same.

When we got home from shopping and were putting away the groceries, I realized we had forgotten something. "Grandmother," I said. "We forgot the stars." "Oh, no, we didn't" she said. And grandmother took an apple, sliced in half just like this, and said, "Here is your star!" (Remove an apple from the bag and slice it diagonally and show the children the star in the middle.) Now any time I eat an apple, I think of my Grandmother and the star that's inside.

End the story by slicing an apple diagonally for each child and giving them their "star" for snack.

Apple Prints - After slicing an apple diagonally, let it dry on a paper towel. Then let children dip the cut side of the apple and print on a sheet of paper. Can they see the star?

The Apples of My Eye - Take several large pieces of brown bulletin board paper. (You can also use paper grocery sacks.) Challenge the children to wad them up, and wrinkle them as much as they can. Staple the paper to a bulletin board to create a three-dimensional tree. Let each child decorate an apple with their name, picture, and other designs, then hang them on the tree. Discuss what it means when you say, "You are the apple of my eye." What does "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" mean?

Seeds - How many seeds does an apple have? Let the children estimate, then cut apart an apple and count. Who guessed more? Who guessed less? Plant the apple seeds, and if you're very, very patient, they might grow!

Lady Bug Salad - Cut apples in half and remove the core. Give each child one half and let them spread peanut butter in the middle. Add a few raisins and you'll have a lady bug salad.

Apple Seeds

Apple Math - Let children sample red, yellow, and green apples, then graph their favorite. You can also graph their favorite way to eat apples - raw, dried, apple sauce, or apple pie.

Print some October pages - You can have a scarecrow or two different October headings, (Choose October Portrait or October Landscape ) for your bulletin boards. (See Preview) These are pdf files and will print with Adobe Acrobat Reader, on Windows or Mac.

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