Nothing like ringing in the back-to-school season…or better yet, fall…with all the right apple printables for preschoolers.
These 20+ ideas are not just engaging apple activities for preschoolers; they all include free printables, making your preschool lesson planning that much easier.
Free Apple Printables for Preschoolers
It’s a classic, right?
Teaching an apples theme in preschool.
After more than 15 years of teaching, I still spend loads of time doing apple activities with my preschoolers each fall.
Not only because school starts in the fall, but because apples are so iconic of both back to school as well as that perfect season that gently leads us into winter.
Truth be told, I was going to skip it just a little bit this year. Not completely, but I wasn’t going to spend as much time on apples as I had in the past. I was feeling all sorts of creative and wanted to try some new themes and activities I hadn’t ever ventured into before.
The problem with that is that my preschoolers wanted to learn about apples.
On Labor Day, we were greeted with a nasty windstorm that rumbled and grumbled all day long and into the night. I woke up the following morning to see that the harsh winds had blown off every darn apple from our trees. So, as a fun gross motor game (and while learning some visual discrimination skills), I took my preschoolers outside to pile up the “bad” apples and pick up the “good” apples.
The next thing I knew, my little friends were asking if they could try the apples. They were comparing apple size since some were underripe and still very small. They were even counting worm holes.
Clearly, there was too much enthusiasm to completely delete all apple activities from my preschool lesson plans. So I revised them.
We did taste tests, made applesauce and even apple pie, and we did indeed count all. the. worm. holes. And in one apple, we even found a fat, happy worm who had eaten his way to the core of the apple and was now living a fat, happy worm life.
Now THAT got my preschoolers talking!
So with all the excitement, I wanted to share with my readers all these amazing apple printables for preschoolers that you can simply print and add to your lesson plans.
‘Cause it looks like we are studying apples in preschool no matter what!
Apple Printables for Preschool Math
This Farmer Brown song + printable is such a fun way to get your preschoolers interested in learning. The printable reinforces number recognition, one-to-one correspondence skills, and introduces the very basic concepts of subtraction.
This apple counting busy bag combines both number practice and fine motor skills! It helps with numeral identification (the clothespins are numbered), counting, and one-to-one correspondence.
These six apple theme math activities make for excellent preschool centers or even busy bags! The activities include counting apples; adding and subtracting; estimate and fill; estimate, count, and fill; making shapes; and count and fill from a set.
This free apple seed counting and subtracting activity is a simple yet effective way to teach one-to-one correspondence in a thematic manner. If your preschooler isn’t quite ready for subtraction activities, you can still use this to teach them the basic concept of “taking away” from a group.
This apple drop counting game with free printable focuses on one-to-one correspondence skills in counting, but it can also be adapted to include concepts like more and less, composing and decomposing, and even subitizing. The general rules of this game are very simple and the idea can be used with any preschool theme.
This free printable counting book works on one-to-one correspondence and number recognition, among other things. It’s a fun way to extend an apple theme and it even works on early literacy skills.
Here are seven apple themed math activities with free printables for your preschoolers! These activities include counting apple erasers in a muffin tin, counting puff ball apples, a dice counting game, a numeral recognition dice game, an apple grab bag and ten frame, a sensory ten frame, a compare numbers activity, and a composing and decomposing numbers game.
Math mats are easy to put together and give students hands-on application of addition and subtraction. These apple addition and subtraction mats are fun, easy, and reusable.
This free apple tree printable is a fun way to teach addition to your preschooler. Bonus: this printable can be used with other themes throughout the year–just change your supplies to match your theme!
These counting numbers apple math mats are a hands-on way to help kids recognize different ways to represent numbers. This activity can be used for both preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Apple Printables for Preschool Literacy
Alphabet mats give you the basis for a lot of hands-on work with letters so that kids can have fun as they learn to identify and form letters through different sensory and fine motor activities. Be sure to scroll through the blog post of these free build the alphabet letter mats to see multiple ways to teach with them.
These super cute alphabet apple clipping strips are a fun way for kids to learn uppercase and lowercase letters. This activity will also help them work on their fine motor skills!
What’s better than making learning feel like play time? This free apple bingo activity is the perfect way to help your preschooler learn the alphabet and have a blast while doing so.
This apple alphabet matching game is the perfect addition to your literacy activities! Preschoolers will learn to match uppercase and lowercase letters in this free printable activity.
With cute imagery and fun rhyming challenges, these apple themed rhyming word strips are bound to keep your preschooler’s attention! And as a bonus, the clipping aspect of the activity will give them a fine motor skills workout.
If you’ve got alphabet stickers and a printer, this apple tree ABC matching game will be perfect for you! This is another free download that will help your kids learn to identify and match uppercase and lowercase letters.
Who doesn’t love the cutest image of a basket of apples? This apple themed alphabet matching game will help your kids learn uppercase and lowercase letters. (Bonus: if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to cut them out, have your kids do it and call it a fine motor exercise!)
This editable name building practice printable goes perfectly with an apple theme. Preschoolers can learn letter recognition and practice spelling their name at the same time.
Apple Pre-Writing Printables for Preschoolers
These apple scissor skill worksheets are an excellent way to build fine motor skills in little hands. This free printable comes with four worksheets with different types of lines for your preschooler to trace.
These free apple alphabet letter tracing worksheets let kids practice writing both uppercase and lowercase letters. It can also double as a fun coloring page!
Writing letters correctly takes a lot of practice and patience. These letter tracing apple cards are the perfect way for preschoolers to work on writing uppercase letters.
These apple seed letter tracing cards are easy to prep and even easier to use. In this activity, your preschooler will practice writing lowercase letters and matching them to uppercase letters. Be sure to scroll down in the blog post to see additional learning and play elements you can use with these!
Even More Apple Printables for Preschoolers
Looking for something educational to keep the kiddies busy learning during the coming harvest season? This Apple Activity Pack includes six super fun activities and multiple variations of each! It’s perfect for any fall or autumn theme in preschool.
Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your preschool or homeschooling curriculum, 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!
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.