Inside: Come see how we set up our classroom for the toddler and preschool apple theme. So many fun hands-on learning activities that our students loved!
We like to kick off our fall themes with apples. There are so many fun ways to explore them – in fact, we could have extended this theme for weeks!
👉 Scroll down towards the end of this post to find some free apple printables!
Putting Together the Toddler and Preschool Apple Theme
The base for this bin was oats and we added some cinnamon sticks, burlap bags, small pretend apples, and padded apples. I then covered 2 Pringles chip canisters so that one was red and one was green. Our children had fun dropping the matching colored apples into the canisters. They also simply loved using the canisters to pour oats into, then dumping them out.
We set up a very simple apple market with pretend apples, baskets, crates, and bags. Of course, the highlight for these 2 and 3 year olds was filling the bags with as many apples as possible and transporting them all over the classroom!
We added apples to the apple tree using red Do-a-Dot Markers. (Printable available towards bottom of this post.)
We brought out our over-sized hollow wooden block set and added loose parts and apples for some fun building.
I cut a trees and apples from felt for a simple “put the apples on the tree” activity.
We made 3-dimensional apple trees.
You can read more about it here.
We used a simple 2-ingredient fluffy paint recipe to make apple prints.
You can read more about that activity in this post: Easy Apple Art Activity
We used the same apple printable (available to download towards the end of this post) to for a textured red collage.
We kicked off our first cooking activity of the school year making easy apple muffins.
You can get the recipe and see how we made them here: How to Make Easy Apple Muffins
Some of our favorite books to go with the toddler and preschool apple theme:
One of our new and favorite finger plays for the apple theme: Five Apples in the Apple Tree.
I used a felt tree and apples as a visual.
When I create printables for my classroom, I love sharing them with you. Click on each box to download that particular printable. If the printable is part of an activity that I’ve written about, I will add that link above it.
Apple Counting Cards
Put the Apples on the Tree
Use Do-a-Dot Markers or apple stickers!
Apple Tree Counting Cards
Use red pom poms, buttons, or beads as a 1:1 correspondence and counting activity.
Can also be used at the playdough table with red playdough.
Sorting Apples by Color
In addition to how we used these in the photos above, we’ve also used them for graphing during our preschool circle time. You can see that post here: Preschool Apple Math Activity
Apple Counting 1-5
You can see how we used this printable here: Apple Counting Activity for Preschoolers
Can be used for an art activity or at the writing table.
You can see how we used it here:
More apple ideas: