Friday, September 30, 2011

Some Apple Fun

For the rest of this year, I've planned themed units for Munchkin around some scheduled 'field trips'.  In anticipation of the trip to our annual Apple Festival, we've been working on apple themed activities.  Here's a look at some of our workboxes:

Lacing 'apples'

A small bushel basket I found in Target's dollar spot - it was a $2.50 item.  Inside are some red and green plastic balls that we had from an inflatable bouncy house - we're pretending that they're apples.  We've used these a few different ways:
  - tossing the 'apples' into the bushel basket from different lengths
  - pretend 'apple' picking
  - hide and seek apples
  - counting, addition and subtraction

Pattern work using red and green pom poms - I created the pattern strips in Word, then printed and laminated them.  I plan to pull this one back out at Christmastime!

I found this apple hole punch in Walmart's $1 craft supplies.  Munchkin has punched a number of apples from each of the red, green and yellow strips that he will then be gluing onto a paper apple tree.

Apple size sequencing from File Folder Fun

Button on Apple Tree - Here's the tutorial

Smelling bottles - I bought these spice jars at IKEA for a totally different use, but they work great for smelling bottles (although, I'm not sure if these glass bottles will retain the scents after washing...I'll have to update this in a few weeks).  I used basic baking extracts - vanilla, lemon and mint.

Foam alphabet puzzle that I found at Walmart (on clearance...for 75 cents!)

In addition to these, we also have some fall coloring pages and worksheets from various workbooks that I've picked up from Target, Walmart, Amazon, etc.  And we've played a rousing game of Hi-Ho Cherry-o pretty much every day.

Here's the list of Apple books that we've been reading:

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The Doodler said...

I love all these apple ideas. I'll be pinning some of these for future use, thanks for sharing!

Brie from

Andria said...

Wow, you are super clever and super creative. I love these ideas!

Vicky said...

What a fun theme! Love all the apple activities and what a creative use of the spice jars! I am a new follower from Too Cute Tuesday.
Vicky from

Michelle said...

Oh! Oh! We are just finishing up a unit on apples this week! Wish I had known about you before - would have loved to invite you and your son over to our blog where we have an interactive apple story going on. Apple-onia showed up outside our home and had lost her memory so we have been enlisting help from other moms and kids to help her. :)

Amy said...

Fantastic ideas! I'm always looking for things like this to do with my 3 yr old. I'd be thrilled if you'd link this to my Kids' Fall Activities party!


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