Preparing activities for an elementary apple-themed unit doesn’t have to be complicated. These fun, hands-on activities are easy to pull together and work well with apple units, Johnny Appleseed Day on September 26, and National Apple Month in October.
Compare Apples to Apples
Bring in as many different kinds of apples as possible. Choose a variety of colors, sizes and shapes. Have the children brainstorm a list of words that describe the apples and make a list on a piece of chart paper. Then cut up three or four different kinds of apples so each student can have a taste of each one.
Have the students examine them and compare the taste, flesh color, texture, etc. Create a chart with four sections and have the students list words for each different variety of apple.
Apples Unit with Life Cycle Craft
If you are looking for a complete apples unit, I have just the thing! My Apples Unit – A Complete Print and Go Learning Unit includes reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science and more! Full of colorful photos as well as print-and-go black/white printables, this has everything you need for your apple unit.
Torn Paper Apple Craft
Make an apple with a small paper plate, red construction paper, green construction paper, and glue. Tear a piece of red construction paper into various-sized, rough edged pieces. Glue them onto the plate, overlapping the pieces and the edges. Tear a small green piece for the stem and glue it on to the top. An easy apple!
Apple Fact Cards
A fun way to extend a unit on apples is with Apple Fun Fact Cards. These are a great add-on to your apple study and full of fascinating apple facts. There are many ways to use them including games, circle time, and more.
Apple Recipe Book
Request that each child brings in a favorite apple recipe from home. Assemble them into a booklet and send home a copy for each family.
Apple Tasting Party
Try everything apple! Have the children brainstorm a list of all the things people eat made with apples. These would include applesauce, apple juice, dried apples, apple pie, apple fritters, etc. Then have a feast so the children can sample as many apple products as possible.
“One Red Apple” Picture Book
One Red Apple is a gorgeous book that traces the life cycle of an apple. Rather than a scientific look at the process, it is a more poetic and artistic telling of how an apple goes from being picked to growing into a tree and another apple.
“Apple Cider Making Days” Read Aloud
Apple Cider-Making Days is a delightful story about Alex and Abigail’s visit to their Grandpa’s apple farm. The story takes the reader through the entire apple cider making process as well as highlighting other events that take place at the family apple farm that opens to the public each fall. The illustrations are cozy and well-done and complete the story. The author has a downloadable teacher’s guide on her website (now on the Wayback Machine).
“Apples for Everyone” Picture Book
Apples for Everyone is part of the National Geographic Kids Picture the Seasons series. This book is full of colorful photos that capture all of the fun of apple season.
“The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree” Book
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree is a colorful, engaging book that traces the changes of an apple tree throughout the year. Told through the story of Arnold and his family enjoying the tree in each season, the story also includes a small cut-out section that explains how an apple cider press works which would be beneficial for students who live in an area without an active press to visit.
Assess your students’ knowledge about apples by using a cute Apple KWL. This is a great tool for understanding where your children are in their learning, what interests them, and what they have learned at the end!
Apple Printables to Download
These are all the apple-themed printables available for immediate download right on my site! You can also see all of my apple themed learning products in the Apple section of my shop!