Inside: Download these free apple themed circle time printable props for toddlers and preschoolers to hold while listening to books and singing!
We love to welcome fall with the apple theme.
I get so giddy this time of year with all the new colors outdoors and the crisp weather!
This year, since I am starting virtually, I decided to create a set of apple themed circle time printable props that I can hold in front of the screen.
I also made one for each of the children that I put in their take-home packets.
This way they, too, can hold an apple while I read fun apple books, recite fingerplays, and sing apple songs!
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Apple Themed Circle Time Printable Props
I am constantly asked how to keep the children engaged during circle time.
In fact, if this is probably the most popular question I get every single week.
I get it. I’ve been there.
It can be downright hard to keep young children focused during this time.
This is why I use props.
Giving young children something to hold during circle time keeps them more engaged, especially when they are given different motions to use.
I make sure to have enough for each child, as well as all teachers who are involved.
What you will need:
- Popsicle sticks or Jumbo Craft Sticks
- Scotch tape
- Apple sticks (scroll down page to find free printable)
We suggest either printing these on heavy paper or laminating them for extra durability, unless you are the only one that will handle them.
Make enough copies so that you have one apple stick for each student.
Cut out the desired amount of apples and gather your popsicle or jumbo craft sticks.
Tape the apples to the top of each stick.
Using the Apple Sticks While Reading
In the classroom:
Hand each child an apple stick to hold while you read the book.
Now and then invite the children to hold up their apple sticks when you say the word “apple” during the story.
While teaching virtually:
On March 13, 2020, our preschool had to abruptly close to keep everyone healthy during the pandemic.
Fast forward September, 2020, and we were told we had to start the new school year online.
At first I was nervous, as I had never met this group of children before.
But, I decided to do what I always do: Find ways to get my new students engaged and build a relationship with them, even if only online.
I created apple sticks for each child and included them in a packet. We had a designated time for the families to drive up to our preschool and I handed them each their children’s packets. Those who could not make it during that specific time could come later and the packets were stored in a box outside the front door.
I invited the children to have their apple sticks during our online meeting, and we used them just as we would have in the classroom.
Using props during virtual teaching makes a world of difference keeping the children engaged!
So what are some different ways you can use these apple stick props?
Find a finger play or song about apples that involves counting.
Have that many apple sticks in your hands while starting the activity.
If counting up, keep adding an apple stick to your hand according to the words in the finger play or song.
If counting down, start with all of the apple sticks in your hand and remove them one at a time according to the words in the finger play or song.
Related: Fall Songs and Fingerplays
Have one of each colored apple in your hand. Invite the children to call out each color.
You could have the children taste test different apples and ask which one was their favorite.
Have them point to the color of that apple using the apple sticks.
This is a fun way to work on following directions. Tell your children to listen to you very carefully as you tell them where to put their apple sticks.
- Above their head.
- Behind their back.
- Under their shoe.
- Beside them.
- In front of them.
- Between their hands.
Parts of the Body
Once again, your children will listen very carefully as you tell them where to point their apple sticks.
- On their knee.
- On their nose.
- On their shoulder.
- On their ear.
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