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Apple Arts and Crafts
Draw an apple shape (a little more oval through the sides than up and down) on green or red construction paper. Cut the apple in half through the sides. Cut out a white core. This is shaped like a long rectangle with the ends flared out on each side.
Glue this between the two apple pieces. Either draw on or sponge paint on black seeds in the middle of the core. These are really cute!
Apple Head Grannies
Peel the apple and leave the stem at the top. Tie a string to the stem. Hang in a dry area like a window for a couple of weeks. The apples will shrink and wrinkle up like little old ladies. You can make a body by putting the heads on small bottles( shampoo, dish soap etc.)
Make a dress out of a piece of fabric. You can even use a small paper clip to make glasses. If you don’t want the apples to be that brown then dip them in lemon juice first.
Apple Tree with Sponge Painting
Draw a large tree on craft paper, and cut a sponge into round pieces. Attach a clothespin to the back of each piece. Give each child a clothespin sponge to dip into red tempera paint and dab on the tree to look like apples.
Roll up crinkled old butcher paper from the floor up to 3/4 of the wall. Take branches and extend it up the wall and the ceiling, make hand prints for leaves and start out with green leaves. Use palm print apples.
The next month, green starts coming down and a few of the yellow and orange go up. By November all green is gone and brown appears.
By December you should have brown only.
In January there are no leaves and the tree comes down.
To make the apples for it paint only the palm of the child’s hand red cut out and post.
Cut the apple in half to reveal the star of seeds paint the apple and print.
Paper Plate Apples
You can make paper plate apples a few different ways. Give a child a 9 inch paper plate. Have them cut out the shape of a leaf from green paper (you can draw out the leaf for them or let them be creative) and this will be added to the apple last.
They can make the apple red by simply coloring the whole plate red, paining the whole plate red, sponge painting the plate red for a textured look, or by tearing up pieces of red construction paper and gluing them on the plate for a unique textured 3-D type of look.
Don’t forget to add the leaf. You can also add a piece of brown paper for a stem.
Apple Games and Activities
Count the seeds. Cut out 10 red and 10 white poster board apples. On each of the white draw one to ten seeds. In the center number the red apples from one to ten.
Identify the number on the red apples and place on the white apples. You could laminate them for flannel board usage.
Cut out different sizes of apples from colored construction paper or color them on white ones. Arrange them from small to large or make them a flannel board exercise if you have small children.
Use a small paper plate and a piece of red paper. Have children tear the paper into small pieces then glue the pieces all over the plate, add green paper stems and hang up.
Finger paint Apple
Use red, green or yellow to finger paint an apple that has been cut out.
Discover the difference between raw and cooked apples. Bake a whole apple, and slice and simmer another. Have a raw one cut up as well so children will be able to see the changes in color, texture and taste.
Cut out a red construction paper apple, and have each child dictate a story. They can illustrate it, then staple and put cover around pages to make a book.
Before cutting open an apple, ask the children to predict how many seeds there will be inside. Cut the apple in half horizontally and let the children observe the “star” that holds the seeds. Count the seeds with the children and have them compare the number with their predictions.
Try the experiment with another apple. Does it have the same number of seeds as the first? Try the same experiment using a different colored apple –As you cut open the different color apples make note that the insides are the same even though the outside is different.
You can make the same comparison with people – different on the outside but all the same on the inside.
Cut out a large apple shape from a large paper roll. Let the children do apple printing on the shape during art time. Use a variety of sizes and shapes and colors – red, green, yellow. Tack apple print to wall and play a variety of games with the mural.
1 – count the apple prints
2 – find the print that is the largest/smallest
3 – find the print that is the darkest/lightest
4 – do any of the shapes look the same/different?
Apple Recipes and Snacks
Ingredients: Pizza dough, apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, shredded cheddar cheese.
1. Roll pizza dough out onto tray.
2. Sprinkle cheese on dough.
3. Put cut apples (pre sliced thin by you – although you can do a few with them to show them) on dough.
4. Mix equal amounts of flour, sugar, cinnamon in a bowl (enough to cover pizza).
5. Sprinkle mixture on pizza.
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Individual Apple Pies
Ready-made pie crust (the kind that comes packaged flat in the dairy case)
Canned apple pie filling
Have each child cut out two large circles of pie crust (using a large, round cookie cutter or a large plastic drinking cup). Put a spoonful of pie filling in the middle of one circle. Place the second dough circle on top.
Use a fork to crimp the edges and pierce a few holes in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake in a toaster oven 10-15 minutes or until brown.
Apple Honey Grahams
Give each child a slice of apple and a table knife for dicing the apple. Spread a graham cracker slice with peanut butter. Add honey, if you like. Sprinkle diced apples on top.
Slice apples the “round way” so that a star is formed in the center. Spread a slice with peanut butter and top with a second slice to form a sandwich. (You don’t need to core the apples if the slices are thin.)
You can use the leftover end pieces for making applesauce or for dicing on the apple grahams described above.
For each quart of peeled and sliced apples, add:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
Cook until tender. Mash apples with a potato masher or electric mixer. Add more sugar if needed. Serve cold.
Dried Apple Rings
Peel, core, and cut apples into rings. Dip in salted water for 15 minutes. Dry for two weeks.
Apple Ring Sandwiches
Peel, core, and cut apples into rings. Spread with:
peanut butter and bananas slices
cream cheese and raisins
granola mixed with honey
cheese spread or a slice of cheese
Cover the first apple ring with another apple ring to make a sandwich.
1/2 cup seeded apples
1 cup water
1 tsp. sugar
Blend the ingredients in a blender. Serve chilled.
An all-time favorite. You can melt your own caramels, or buy the kits pre-made into wraps at the store.
Apple Songs, Poems and Finger Plays
The Apple Tree – poem
Way up high in the apple tree. (point up)
Two little apples smiled at me. (close thumb & forefinger of each hand to make an apple)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (grab pretend tree & shake)
Down fell the apples— (raise hands & let fall)
MMMMMM, were they good!
Apple On A Stick – poem
Apple on a stick, apple on a stick
I can lick it all day and not get sick.
Apple in a cup, apple in a cup
I can drink it all day and not fill up.
Apple in a crunch, apple in a crunch
I can eat it all day, it is so good to munch
Apple in a cake, apple in a cake
I can eat it all day with no tummy ache
Apple in a pie, apple in a pie
I can eat it all day and never cry.
Apple in a dish, apple in a dish
I can eat it all day, it’s so delish!
Red Apple – poem
A little red apple
Hung high in a tree
I looked up at it
And it looked down at me
“Come down, please” I called
And what do you suppose—
That little red apple
Dropped right on my nose!
Five Red Apples – poem
Five red apples in a grocery store
Bobby bought one & then there were 4
Four red apples on an apple tree
Susie ate one & then there were 3
Three red apples. What did Alice do?
Why she ate one & then there were 2
Two red apples ripening in the sun
Tommy ate one, & now there was one
One red apple & now we are done
I ate the last one & now there are none!
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