It’s beginning to feel like autumn, which means apple theme and orchard fun! The song “Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples” is always a favorite this time of year and I’m sharing a fun, FREE printable to go along with it! My preschoolers love this apple song!
Even if our monthly theme is not apples, come September or October I always spend some time teaching my preschoolers about them. Preschoolers love learning about apples. They are real and tangible, and there are a ton of clever ideas to celebrate this special time of year. (Just check out this post for all my go-to activities!)
Today I’m teaming up with some of the most creative kid bloggers to bring to you an excellent collection of new apple ideas, just in time for your apple unit in preschool. Be sure to check out each link at the end of this post.
Apple Song for Apple Theme
During our apple studies, we start our circle time with this song. It’s simple and repetitive, so my preschoolers catch on really quickly and before they know it they are singing it on their own.
If you are unfamiliar with the “Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples” song, it goes like this:
Farmer Brown has five red apples hanging from a tree
And he picked one off, and ate it hungrily.
Now he has four red apples hanging from a tree.
The song continues with four red apples, then three on down to zero.
If you’re unfamiliar with the tune, check out this YouTube video. (I actually find the song to be a little redundant, so I eliminate some of the repetitive lines).
“Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples” FREE Printable
While this song is fun to sing on its own, it also makes a wonderful felt story as illustrated in the YouTube video.
Now, I don’t have a felt board (or time to make a felt version of this song), so instead I whipped up these simple counting mats. (It also makes an awesome finger play using apple puppets like those I use in this post, if you are super crafty). It reinforces number recognition, one to one correspondence skills and subtraction.
The printable reinforces number recognition, one to one correspondence skills and introduces the very basic concepts of subtraction.
Go to the next printable page, and sing the next verse. You can see on the printable as the apples are counted down, the core of the apple gets dropped by Farmer Brown’s feet, so you could also use these printable mats to introduce and reinforce basic subtractions skills appropriate for preschoolers: the concept of ‘taking away’.
Get Your FREE Apple Song Printable
Think this is something your preschoolers will adore? I know they will. You can download it here!
To get this free printable, click the giant red button below.
Print it in color and laminate it for added durability and you are ready to start singing “Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples,” and practice so many math skills in a super fun apple-themed way!
Books to read
You know how I love to integrate our activities with great picture books. Here are some we have read and I recommend.
On the hunt for even more apple themed activities for kids? Check out these fun ideas from some of my favorite kid bloggers.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Apple Counting Activity // The Pleasantest Thing
Felt Apple Pie Making Kit // Still Playing School
Free Apple Playdough Mats // Playdough to Plato
Free Apple Orchard I Spy and Scavenger Hunt // Life Over Cs
Apple Tree Quiet Book // Teach Me Mommy
Apple Number Match Up Activity // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Apple Color Sorting // Modern Preschool
Apple Puzzle Making // Play and Learn Everyday
Apple Collage // Powerful Mothering
Apple Print Animal Art Activity // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Toy Apple Busy Bag // Stay at Home Mama
Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples Song with Counting Printable // Study at Home Mama
Apple Time Write and Wipe // Fairy Poppins
Apples // Think Magnet
Apples Up on Top Name Activity // Fun-A-Day
Apple Patterns // The Kindergarten Conne
Our Favorite Apple Themed Toys
Add even more to your apple activities with some of these interactive toys!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am 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 range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about 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