Learning about apples in preschool is iconic. These preschool apple theme activities will have your preschoolers highly engaged in learning! Best of all, they are all put together in a tidy set of apple theme preschool lesson plans.
Just print and teach! Nearly no prep required!
Free Apple Theme Preschool Lesson Plans
Apples are a staple in most preschool curricula and fall time preschool lesson plans.
This is not unintentional and it’s not just force of habit, either.
Apples make a fantastic learning theme for preschoolers. They allow preschoolers to interact with something very familiar since apples are readily available in the United States. Most grocery stores carry them year round because in terms of “shelf-stable” produce, apples are the best.
Since they’re already so familiar with apples, preschoolers come to lessons already having some background knowledge, which helps them make even more connections in learning.
While it’s traditional to teach an apple preschool theme in the fall, the truth is that–since groceries carry them year round–you really could teach an apple theme any time of year!
But I do like to teach an apple theme best in the fall, which is why I had to create a set of apple preschool lesson plans this week.
These lesson plans are a set of 16+ apple-themed activities, all collected and made into printable apple lesson plans for preschoolers. They are one of (soon to be) more than 40 sets of weekly preschool lesson plans in my Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans Collection.
What are Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans?
The Learn at Home Preschool Lesson Plans are free lesson plans you can use to teach your preschooler at home.
All the preschool learning activities are quick and easy to set up, designed to save time, requiring hardly any (if any at all) prep and only requiring the most basic of household materials. This makes them especially easy for parents to implement…and this makes preschool teachers especially happy, too!
Just glance over the lessons each day, gather the very few materials needed, and you’re ready to go!
But don’t be fooled by the name “at home” preschool lessons plans! These activities work wonderfully in the classroom as well, and if you’re a preschool teacher who is remotely teaching you can send these lesson plans to your students’ parents.
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Apple Activities in the Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans
This set of free lesson plans for preschoolers is all about apples. From taste tests to sensory and art…all easily done in the comfort of home, but also fun for the classroom!
Literacy Activities for Apple Lesson Plans for Preschool
Apple Names – Write your preschooler’s name on a piece of paper. Using liquid glue, help your preschooler squeeze the glue as they trace the letters in their name with the glue. Place some dried black beans or “apple seeds” in a bowl and invite your preschooler to use their fingers or tweezers to pick up a seed and glue it onto the letters of their name. Follow this step until all the letters have seeds covering the ink. Once dry, encourage your preschooler to trace the seeds for sensory and kinesthetic fun!
A is For? Sound Hunt – Go outside on a literacy walk. Look for items outside that begin with the same sound as Apple. (Feel free to place letter A items outside for extra fun). Look for acorns, ants, apples, airplanes, and animals. Discuss that the letter A makes two sounds: the long sound says “A” like acorns, and the short sound says “ahhh” like apples.
Math & Science Activities for Apple Lesson Plans for Preschool
Apple Counting Cards – Use these apple counting cards in multiple ways. Grab some play dough and roll out balls to serve as apple counters. Or create an apple tree using playdough and add the number of apples to the tree with yellow, red, or green playdough.
Apple Tree Drop Counting – Grab this apple tree mat and items to count such as buttons, pom-poms, black beans, etc. Invite your preschooler to drop a handful of counters onto the mat. Count only the counters that landed on the apple tree.
Life Cycle of an Apple – Learn how the apple goes from seed to tree with this interactive book. Your preschooler can color it in and retell the apple life cycle.
Playful Learning Activities for Apple Lesson Plans for Preschool
Freeze Dance – Take a break and get moving! Put on some lively music and invite your preschooler to show you their best moves. Get silly! When the music stops, they have to freeze. Model freezing in silly positions with silly faces.
Read your Environment – On the next trip to the store, invite your preschooler to “read” the signs on the road or in the store. Encourage them as readers to read the McDonald’s sign, recognize the Cheerios box, or read their favorite toy brand. A great confidence booster!
Create a Marble Painting – Squirt some colored paint onto a piece of paper. Place the paper onto a tray. Place a few marbles on the tray and gently roll around. Lovely!
Social-Emotional Activities for Apple Lesson Plans for Preschool
Bad Apple – Go to YouTube and listen to the book Bad Apple by Ernest Hemingway. This book visits the importance of treating others with kindness and love. After listening to the book, discuss what Mac the Apple did throughout the book to show he was a good friend to Will the worm. What things can you do to show that you are a good friend? How did the two friends feel when they were being teased?
Apple Seed Feelings – Store those black beans for this fun feelings activity. Roll out some playdough in the shape of an apple. Using the black beans as “apple seeds,” make eyes and a nose. Next, identify a feeling (sad, mad, excited, silly, grumpy, etc.) and help your preschooler use the black beans to make the shape of the mouth. What does your mouth look like when you feel happy? What does it look like when you feel mad? This activity helps preschoolers read facial cues to help make sense of how others are feeling. Socially, when friends are sharing their feelings, we can help teach appropriate responses.
Just Plain Fun Literacy Activities for Apple Lesson Plans for Preschool
Apple Collages – Draw a large apple on construction paper. Invite your preschooler to cut out and glue on apple-colored fabric pieces or paper.
Apple Art – Invite your preschooler to draw some apple trees on a piece of construction paper. Using a pencil eraser or a q-tip, dip the end into apple-colored paint and dot it onto the trees or the ground.
Create in the Kitchen – Whip up some yummy applesauce bread. This simple recipe requires no mixer so it’s the perfect recipe for getting your preschooler involved in the kitchen and involving them in all the steps.
Safe Online Literacy Activities for Apple Lesson Plans for Preschool
Online Story – Go to YouTube and listen to the book Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington. Discuss which yummy apple treat your preschooler would like to bake with all those apples!
5 Red Apples Counting Song – Sing along with this counting apple song and watch the apples fall from the tree! Encourage your preschoolers to use five fingers and put one down as each apple falls.
Apples and Bananas – Listen to this brilliant song about the vowels of the alphabet and sing the fruity tune together. This song is great for building phonological awareness…plus it’s a preschool favorite!
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Then check out my apple themed preschool centers below!
Apple Theme Activities for Preschool Centers
Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your preschool or homeschool preschool lesson plans, or looking for something to keep the children busy while you cook up and can that last bit of applesauce…this activity pack will not disappoint!
~ Apple Colors Booklet and Class Book
~ Apple Visual Discrimination
~ Apple Pre-Writing Practice
~ Apple Ten Frame Playdough Mats
~ Apple Colors Board Game
~ Apple Life Cycle Roll and Cover
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.