Inside: Put together a week’s worth of apple learning activities with these fun ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Free printables included!
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One of the best themes to kick off the fall season is apples.
There are so many fun apple learning activities that build multiple skills!
I’ve put together a variety of ideas that are simple to do at home (or at school!) that also focus on building different skills.
A Week’s Worth of Apple Learning Activities
We’ve categorized these apple learning activities to make it easier for you to plan your week!
How many of these activities you can do in a week will depend on your daily schedule. There are certainly enough activities in this collection to focus on apples for longer than a week!
- Apple Suncatchers – Download the free printable template and press colorful tissue pieces to contact paper.
Supplies: Free printable template, tissue paper squares, Contact (sticky) Paper
- 3-D Apple Trees – Recycle paper tubes and use corks to press apples on the tree.
Supplies: Paper tubes, brown tempera paint, red tempera paint, green construction paper, wine corks
- Apple Stamping – Slice apples in half (with a trick to carve a handle into them) and print onto a paper apple.
Supplies: Free printable apple paper (provided), sliced apples, red tempera paint
- Apple Coffee Filter Craft – After applying markers to a coffee filter, watch what happens when water is sprayed on top. (Gift of Curiosity)
Supplies: Coffee filter, spray bottle filled with water apple-colored markers
- Pinecone Apples – Combine nature and art to make these cute pinecone apples. (Non-Toy Gifts)
Supplies: Pinecones, red paint, sticks, hot glue, green cardstock paper
Related: 12 Paper Plate Fall Crafts
- Paper Plate Apple Lacing – Weave yarn in and out of the holes for a fun fine motor activity. (Preschool Inspirations)
Supplies: Paper plate, red tempera paint, hole punch, brown and green construction paper, glue, yarn
- Paper Plate Apple Craft – Tearing paper is a great way to strengthen fine motor skills, and helps create a fun apple tree. (Simple Today Life)
Supplies: Red, green, and brown construction paper; paper plate; craft glue or glue sticks
- Apple Picking – Practice fine motor and number recognition with this fun activity. (The Mama Workshop)
Supplies: Green and red cardstock, craft sticks, glue stick, tape, marker, small box
- Indoor Apple Picking – Create a tree on the floor using tape and pick the apples! (Hands On As We Grow)
Supplies: Painters’ tape, apples, basket
- Ten Apples Up On Top Game – Jump on the numbered apples that are drawn on the sidewalk. (Still Playing School)
Supplies: Sidewalk Chalk
- Apple Orchard Activity – Get the apples safely into the baskets without using your hands. (The Inspired Treehouse)
Supplies: “Apples” (red balls, tennis balls, rolled up socks, etc.), basket or box
- Apple Balance Challenge – Work on balancing skills with apples and paper tubes and/or cups. (Days with Grey)
Supplies: Paper tubes and/or paper cups, apples
- Alphabet Apple Punching – Punching holes in different letters is a great way to work not only letter recognition, but also fine motor skills. (Toddler Approved)
Supplies: Black marker, red paper, hole punch, apple template (provided)
- Apple Tree Alphabet Game – Practice letter identification while developing fine motor skills. (Fun Learning for Kids)
Supplies: Green and brown construction paper, black marker, foam counting blocks, red apple erasers (or pom poms or gems)
- Apple Tree ABC Match – Match the letters on the stickers to those on the free printable. (I Heart Crafty Things)
Supplies: Apple tree ABC printable (provided), round circle stickers, black marker
- Apple Color Graph – Sort apples into colors and use the free printable cards to graph the amount.
Supplies: Apples (red, yellow, green), free apple printable cards
- Apple Counting Activity – Work on number recognition, counting, and 1:1 correspondence using the free printable page.
Supplies: Mini apple erasers (or stickers), free printable apple counting sheet
- Apple 1:1 Correspondence – Invite your child to connect the numbered dots. (Days with Grey)
Supplies: Dot stickers, marker
- Pom Pom Apple Tree Drop – Use tongs to drop pom poms (“apples”) down the trunk of the tree. (The Resourceful Mama)
Supplies: Cardboard tube, green paper, red and green pom poms, tongs, plastic tub
- Apple Foam – Whip up some simple foam, add apples, and have fun! (Toddler Approved)
Supplies: Bubble bath, water, hand mixer, squeeze bottles, containers, apples, measuring cup
- Apple Pie Cloud Dough – Have fun with this scented 3-ingredient cloud dough. (Views from a Step Stool)
Supplies: Flour, vegetable oil, apple pie spice
- Color Sorting Apple Activity – Sort Fruit Loops by color and place on the matching tree. (Preschool Inspirations)
Supplies: Brown, green, red, yellow construction paper; glue; Fruit Loops; Small Bowl
- Simple Apple Sorting – This activity requires little prep and works on important concepts. (The Resourceful Mama)
Supplies: Apples, basket, red basket, green basket
- Apple Scented Playdough – This recipe is taste-safe, so it’s perfect for younger children. (Crayons and Cravings)
Supplies: Apple playdough (recipe in post)
- Green Apple Scented Playdough – Super easy to make and it smells wonderful. (Life Over C’s)
Supplies: Green apple playdough (recipe in post)
Related: 15+ Fun Fall Playdough Ideas
- Erupting Apples – This simple chemistry activity is always a hit. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
Supplies: Apples, baking soda, vinegar, container
- Edible Apple Bubble Experiment – A snack and a science activity! (Preschool Powol Packets)
Supplies: Apples, orange juice (or water or any other juice), milk, straws
- Jumping Apple Seeds – After reading the book Ten Red Apples, watch what happens to the apple seeds in this science experiment. (J Daniel 4s Mom)
Supplies: White vinegar, plastic cup, 10 apple seeds per child, baking soda, measuring spoons
- Easy Apple Muffins – Invite your children into the kitchen to make these yummy muffins. Comes with free sequence printable cards!
Supplies: Muffin recipe (supplied in post), assorted kitchen utensils, free sequencing cards
- Quick Applesauce – Using a rice cooker to steam apple slices speeds up the process of this tasty applesauce.
Supplies: Rice Cooker, apple slices and other ingredients
- Crunchy Apple Boats – Your kids will love helping assemble these cute apple boats. (Childhood 101)
Supplies: Apples, peanut butter or other favorite spread, puffed rice, cheese, toothpicks
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