Making patterns with free apple printable cards (from 2 Teaching Mommies blog) and using those same cards to play "Apple Splat!"
APPLE SPLAT Directions:
1. Write apple related words on the back of apple cards and place on the tree.
2. Child turns an apple card (on the tree) over and reads the word as well as gives a definition for it.
3. If correct, the child gets to pick the apple and place it in his/her basket.
4. If incorrect, parent takes the card and places on the splat pile - basically showing that the apple fell off the tree and "splat" on the ground. (Make sure you or your child says "SPLAT!" when you do so.)
6. Game ends when no more cards are left on the tree.
5. Optional - at the end of the game, the child counts the apples in his/her basket and trades them in for the same number of M&M's or Skittles (think mini apples) or stickers.
Speaking of M&M's - we sorted and graphed a package into "apple" stacks of red, yellow, and green. The others we munched on (come now, wouldn't you?). :)
One of the apple books we read was The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree. For a follow up activity, my daughter made her own "The Seasons of A_______'s (here is where you would insert your child's name if you were making this) Apple Tree" book.
The four seasons of her apple tree. :)
The book cover - how do you like those silly stems (I think that is the word she used). :) Make apple fingerprints for your border or just let your child dip a finger in red paint and dot some apples around the edges.
IMPORTANT: Don't forget to change the word "Arnold's" into your child's name instead (ex. The Seasons of Jerry's Apple Tree").
The inside cover (NOT shown) boasts a storage pocket containing a small felt figure (this is my daughter) attached to the book via a ribbon (keeps the figure from falling out and getting lost). Now my daughter can maneuver her way through the pages as each is read and admired, adding her felt figure to the story. Note: one side of the figure is dressed for cooler weather (think red snowsuit and cap) and the other side is dressed for warmer seasons.
This paper was from an "Apple Variety" hunt we came up with. We used a sheet from a FREE printable pack (2 Teaching Mommies blog) to look for different kinds of apples in the store. When we found an apple that matched one of the labeled types, we would mark it on the sheet and eventually color in that square.
In addition to the above activities, we worked on some FREE printable packs from 2 Teaching Mommies blog and Homeschool Creations blog and went on an "All Things Apple -y" hunt in the grocery store (writing down the items we found that had apples in them or were apple related).
We read books too, of course. Below are ones that I have either read or might one day like to add to our collection based on review. Feel free to suggest some more in the comment section or share some apple craft ideas! :)
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