Preschool Apple Theme




Book List

An Apple a Day - Melvin Berger
An Apple A Day! Over 20 Apple Projects for Kids - Jennifer Storey Gillis
Apples - N. Hogrogian
Apple & Pumpkins - Anne Rockwell
I Can Read About Johnny Appleseed - J.I. Anderson
Fresh Cider and Apple Pie - Franz Brandenberg
Johnny Appleseed - Steven Kellogg
Rain Makes Applesauce - Julian Schew
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree - Gail Gibbons
The Tiny Seed - Eric Carle
Who Will Help? - Rozanne Williams
Who's Got the Apple? - Jan Loof



Songs & Fingerplays

A Little Red Apple

A little red apple,
up high in a tree.

I look up at it,
and it looked down at me.

Come down please red apple I called,
And what do you suppose?

That little red apple
Fell right down on my nose.

OUCH!

~Submitted by Laura in Illinois

A Wiggly Worm - sung to "Boom! Boom! Ain't It Great to Be Crazy?"

Chorus:
Yum! Yum! Don't you know I love apples?
Yum! Yum! Don't you know I love apples?
Red and green and yellow, too…
Yum! Yum! Don't you know I love apples?

Verse 1
Way up high in an apple tree, I saw two eyes look at me.
I reached for an apple; it started to squirm…oops! I found a wiggly worm!

Chorus

Verse 2
That wiggly worm is a friend of mine. We eat apples all the time.
I let him crawl back to that tree… hey! I see that worm looking at me!

Chorus

~Sandy Moons

Apples, Apples - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Apples juicy, apples round;
On the tree or on the ground.

Apples yellow, apples red,
Apple pie and juice and bread!

Apples crunchy, apples sweet;
Apples are so good to eat!

Four Red Apples - sung to "This Old Man"

Four red apples on the tree,
Two for you and two for me.
So-o shake that tree and watch them fall.
One, two, three, four -- that is all.

~Jean Warren

Here is a counting song my kids love.....

Farmer Brown had 5 green apples, hanging on his tree

Farmer Brown had 5 green apples, hanging on his tree
He plucked one apple and he ate it hungrily,
Leaving 4 green apples, hanging on his tree.

Then count backwards, but when you get to 1 green apple, change 3rd line to:

He plucked that apple and he gave it all to me,
Leaving no green apples, hanging on his tree.

~Submitted by Cindy

Do You Know The Apple Man? - Sung to "The Muffin Man"

Oh, do you know the Apple Man,
The Apple Man,
The Apple Man?
Oh, do you know the Apple Man
Who likes to play with me?

Oh, he has a great big smile,
A great big smile,
A great big smile.
Oh, he has a great big smile
And likes to play with me.

Oh, he has a bright red face,
A bright red face,
A bright red face.
Oh, he has a bright red face
And likes to play with me.

Oh, he has a star inside,
A star inside,
A star inside.
Oh, he has a star inside
And he likes to play with me.

Two Little Apples - sung to "This Old Man"

Way up high, in a tree
(raise hands over head)
Two red apples smiled at me
(smile)
So I shook that tree as har-r-d as I could
(Pretend to shake tree)
Down came the apples, Ummm, they were good!!!!
(Rub tummy)

Apple Song - sung to "Bingo"

I know a fruit that's good to eat and apple is its name, oh
a-p-p-l-e, a-p-p-l-e, a-p-p-l-e
And apple is its name, oh

I know a fruit that's good to eat and apple is its name, oh
crunch-p-p-l-e, crunch-p-p-l-e, crunch-p-p-l-e
and apple is its name, oh

I know a fruit that's good to eat and apple is its name, oh
crunch-crunch-p-l-e, crunch-crunch-p-l-e, crunch-crunch-p-l-e
and apple is its name, oh

I know a fruit that's good to eat and apple is its name, oh
crunch-crunch-crunch-l-e, crunch, crunch, crunch-l-e,
crunch-crunch-crunch,l-e
and apple is its name, oh

I know a fruit that's good to eat and apple is its name oh,
crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch-e, crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch-e,
crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch-e,
and apple is its name, oh

I know a fruit that's good to eat and apple is its name, oh
crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch,
crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch,
crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch-crunch
and apple is its name, oh!

We've done this where they have actually taken a bite out of the apple instead of the crunch parts....but be careful with little ones that they don't choke while singing and eating.

~Submitted by Paulette

Look at the Apple - Sung to "The Mulberry Bush"

Look at the apple I have found,
(form a circle with your hands)
So round and rosy on the ground
Mother will wash it and cut it in two,
(pretend to wash and cut the apple)
Half for me and half for you.
(Hold out one palm, then the other)

~Submitted by Barbie

A Little Apple Seed - Sung to "Eensy, Weensy, Spider"

Once a little apple seed
Was planted in the ground.
Down came the raindrops,
Falling all around.
Out came the big sun,
Bright as bright could be.
And that little apple seed grew up
To be an apple tree.

~Submitted by Barbie

Eat an Apple

Eat an apple; (Bring right hand to mouth)
Save the core. (Close right hand in fist)
Plant the seeds. (Bend down touch hand to ground)
And grow some more. (Extend both arms out)

~Submitted by Barbie

Applesauce - Sung to "Yankee Doodle"

Peel an apple,
Cut it up,
Cook it in a pot.
When you taste it,
You will find
It's applesauce you've got!

~Submitted by Barbie

The Apple Tree

Away up high in an apple tree, (raise arms high)
Two red apples smiled at me (Smile and hold up two fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could; (Shake hands)
Down came those apples, (Bring hands down)
And mmmmm, were they good. (Rub tummy)

~Submitted by Barbie

Five Red Apples

Five red apples hanging in a tree (Hold up five fingers)
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown (Fingers flutter downward)
And one little apple came tumbling down (One finger falls)
Four red apples, hanging in a tree, etc.

~Submitted by Barbie

Here We Go Round the Apple Tree - Sung to "Mulberry Bush"

Here we go round the apple tree, the apple tree, the apple tree.
Here we go round the apple tree so early in the morning.
This is the way we plant the seeds
This is the way the little seeds sprout
This is the way it grows to a tree
This is the way the flowers blossom (bloom)
This is the way the apples grow
This is the way the apples are picked
Here we go round the apple tree.

~Submitted by Barbie

I'm a Little Apple - Sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little apple
short and round
I make a crunchy
Munchy Sound.
If you bite into me,
you will see
I'm delicious as can be!

~Submitted by Barbie

Munching Apples - Sung to "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you like to munch apples,
Raise your hand
If you like to munch apples,
Raise your hand
If you like to hear them crunch,
And eat them for your lunch
If you like to munch apples
Raise your hand.
(Substitute other actions and repeat)

~Submitted by Barbie

10 Shiny Apples (read after you cut an apple in ½ across the middle)

10 shiny apples hanging on a tree.
Whoosh went the wind and they fell on me.
I picked one up and started to laugh.
When I found a surprise after I cut it in half.

~Submitted by Barbie

Lots of Apples

Lots of apples up in a tree,
Some for you and some for me.
Get a ladder and climb up high.
Lots of apples for apple pie.

~Submitted by Barbie



Arts & Crafts

Stuffed Bag Apples

Stuff a small paper lunch bag with newspapers. Tie the top off with yarn or string. Paint the top part green and the rest of the bag red.

~Submitted by Gloria in Kansas



Finger Paint Apples

Cut a large piece of finger paint paper into an apple shape. Next, dampen the apple shape paper and decorate with a spoonful of red finger paint.

~Submitted by Gloria in Kansas

Apple Shakers

Get ready to shake, shake, shake! pour some red, yellow, and green paint into shallow dishes. Place one or two apple halves in each dish. Have the children make prints on the bottoms of two large paper plates. Once the paint dries, help the children put the two paper plates together and staple around the edges. Leave a small topping at the top. Place rice or beans inside the paper plate. Add a gren construction paper leaf at the top and staple closed. When finished, have the children shake their apple shakers.

~Submitted by Gloria in Kansas

Apple Prints

Have each child cut out a paper apple from a pretraced shape on red, yellow, or green paper. The child then dips a apple half (sliced in half vertically) in white paint and makes prints on the paper apple. Have the children wash the apples and put them out for the birds to eat.

Stained Glass Apples

Make apple cutouts from construction paper. Cut out the center (to leave a "frame" of sorts). Spread glue on sheets of wax paper, slightly larger than the apple paper. Add red, yellow and green tissue paper squares to waxed paper. Glue apple frame to waxed paper. Dry overnight. Peel off waxed paper. Trim excess paper from edges of apple. Hang in the window.

~Submitted by Barbie



Apple prints

Cut apples in ½ top to bottom and/or side to side. Dip in paint and stamp on paper. After the paint dries, add arms, legs, etc. with markers to make figures.
~Submitted by Barbie

Apples Up On Top Of Me

Have the children make a self portrait. Next, give the apple cut outs and the children decide how many apples they want to balance on their heads and then they glue their apples up on top! Remember to have a variety of apples so they can choose from green, yellow apples or red apples or both. The children can count the apples and write the number on the paper.

~Submitted by Barbie

Apple Dolls

Peel an apple. Leave some peel around the stem. Carve the face with a plastic spoon. Soak apple in saltwater for 30 minutes. Allow to dry. Spear base with a Popsicle stick. Place in a wide mouthed bottle for 3 weeks to dry. Remove and add pipe cleaners for the body) and fabric (for the clothes).

~Submitted by Barbie

Chain story

Write the title of a story about apples on a piece of paper. The next child dictates and then illustrates the next sentence on another sheet. Allow each child to add another sentence until the story is done. Attach pictures in order, side to side, and hang up for all to read.

~Submitted by Barbie

Windsock

Use red, red, green, and yellow apple cutouts or stickers (or sponges and paint) to make an apple pattern on a sheet of finger-paint paper. Add red, yellow, and green streamers. Roll paper into a tube and tape. Punch 4 holes in the top and thread with matching yarn. Hang in the breeze.

~Submitted by Barbie


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