Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Apples Theme - Fun Stuff

LINKS to ON-LINE GAMES

Curious George Apple Picking       
Crispy’s Apple Stand
The Juice Moose Arcade
Painting Johnny Appleseed
The Juice Moose Arcade
Kai-lan's Super Apple Surprise

POETRY

The Apple Star
Take an apple round and red.
Don't slice down
Slice through instead.
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

Special Star
Take an apple round and red.
Don't slice down, slice through instead.
Look inside it and you'll see,
A special star for you and me!

Apple Poem
A is for Apple,
Round and Sweet,
Red Red Apple,
So good to eat.

Thank You Johnny Appleseed
Thank you Johnny Appleseed.
We owe you quite a lot,
For the apples that you planted
With a Bible and a cooking pot.
Your seeds were planted far and wide.
You gave a helping hand.
A friendly word you had for all,
Across our frontier land.
Thank you Johnny Appleseed.
We owe you quite a lot.
The lovely trees and apples,
And the lessons that you taught.



SONGS & FINGERPLAYS

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 down)
And one little apple came tumbling down (One finger falls)
Four red apples, hanging in a tree, etc.

(Can also use 5 apples or finger puppets to demonstrate with)

All Around The Apple Tree (Mulberry Bush)
Here we go round the apple tree, the apple tree, the apple tree
Here we go around the apple tree
On a frosty morning.
This is the way we climb the ladder
-pick the apples
-wash the apples
-peel the apples
-cook the apples

Ten Red Apples
(Both hands high) Ten red apples grow on a tree
(Dangle one hand and then the other) Five for you and five for me.
(Shake body) Let us shake the tree just so
(Hands fall) And ten red apples will fall below
(Count ea. finger) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.

Here Is An Apple
(make circle with thumb and pointer) Here is an apple
(make circle with other thumb and pointer) and here is an apple
(Make circle with arms) and a great big apple I see
Now let's count the apples we've made
(repeat above actions) 1 - 2 - 3 !

Apples Are Falling (Are You Sleeping?)
Apples are falling, apples are falling
From the tree, from the tree.
Pick up all the apples, pick up all the apples,
One. two, three; one, two,. three.
(Use appropriate motions for actions)

Have You Ever Seen An Apple? (Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?)
Have you ever seen an apple,
an apple, an apple.
Have you ever seen an apple
that grows on a tree?
A red one, a yellow one,
a green one, a golden one.
Have you ever seen an apple
that grows on a tree?

Apples, Apples (Twinkle, Twinkle)
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!

I'm a Little Apple (I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little apple, short and round,
I make a munchy, crunchy sound,
If you bite into me you will see -
I'm delicious as can be!

Apple Tree (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arm up high)
Two red apples smiled at me (hold up 2 fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (make a shaking motion)
Down came the apples, (make a downward motion)
Mmmm--were they good! (smile and rub stomach)

Apples For (10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little apples
Four little, five little, six little apples
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples
All for an apple pie (sauce, some bread, cider, etc.)



GAMES

Apple Relay
Have children try to balance an apple on a plate (shallow bowl for younger children) from one end to the other and place it in a crate/basket.

Rotten Apple
Discuss how apples rot. Play like "Hot Potato" but let it end with the last person being left with a rotten apple and they have to go off and plant the seeds.


ACTIVITIES

Apple Dissection 
Provide apples, plastic butter knives, magnifying glasses, etc. after reviewing the parts of an apple. Can have each child do an apple, count the seeds, and graph the results. Then use the seeds for an art project.

Taste Test 
Provide different types of apples for children to taste and choose their favorite. To be graphed.

Taste Test 
Provide different types of apple foods for children to taste and decide if they like or don't like. To be graphed. Apples, apple cider, apple vineger, apple sauce, apple bread, apple pie, apple baby food, etc.

Apple Changes 
Place an apple in a plastic bag and let rot, checking the progress regularly with the children. Place another to dry in a warm dry place (may have to use a low heat oven or food dehydrator) to show the difference. 

SENSORY TUB IDEAS

Sensory tubs are appropriate for children over 3 years old due to small pieces being the main sensory components. Ideas for this theme include:
  • Large pom poms, red/yellow/green
  • Plastic apples, others of different sizes and textures
  • Tongs to sort apples
  • Silk leaves
  • Small rake for leaves
  • Red/yellow/green containers for sorting
  • Animal figures that might eat apples
  • Mini pie tins and tan felt pieces for crusts
Additional items can be added to continue into a fall theme
  • Acorns
  • Pinecones
  • Colored leaves
  • Play pumpkins
  • Halloween related items
DRAMATIC PLAY

Pretend play as apple farmers, Johnny Appleseed, cooking with apples, restaurant that serves apple items or animals that eat apples.
  • Farmer clothes such as hats and overalls
  • Crates, baskets or bushel baskets
  • Play apples
  • Metal pot large enough to wear as hat like Johnny Appleseed
  • Apple food menus
Check out my other APPLE theme posts...Apple Theme with FREEBIES, and Arm Print Apple Trees craft.
tags: apple, theme, unit, songs, fingerplays, poetry, rhymes, childcare, child, care, daycare, preschool, fall, autumn, season, circle, time, movement

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