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Apple Games and Activities

Submit your apple ideas!!

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WHAT IS IT?

Collect a variety of fruits such as an apple, banana, orange, etc. Place one fruit in a bag. Choose a student to touch the fruit, describe it and name it. Repeat with each fruit, discussing the characteristics.

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APPLE RELAY

For this activity you will need one apple per child and 4 laundry baskets. Place two laundry baskets on a table at one end of the room. Put half the apples in each basket. Place the other two baskets on a table on the other end of the room. Divide the class into two teams. Have the teams stand in line, with the head of each line by the table with the apples and the end of each line by the other table. Explain to the students that they are going to help Johnny with his apples. They will transfer all the apples from the full baskets to the empty ones. When you say "start", the first child in each team will take an apple and pass it to the next child-- down the line to the last child, who places it carefully in the empty basket. Repeat the process until one team empties the basket. The first team to move all the apples from one basket into the other wins the relay.

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COOL APPLE GAME

Cecilia writes, "We play Cool apple instead of Hot potatoe to music. When the music stops the child holding the apple is out but gets to pick an apple from a basket to eat while the other children finish the game. Everyone wins an apple and has fun in the process." Thanks, Cecilia.

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DISSECT AN APPLE

Put apples out on the table with spoons and very dull plastic knives. Have the children look at the outside of the apple. What does it look like? What does it feel like? Then have them peel some of the skin off. What is under the skin? Have them cut the apple in have. What is at the center of the apple? Make sure they taste the apple. What does it taste like? After they are done dissecting, they can make a book or diagram illustrating the different layers of an apple.
Thanks for the idea, Lisa!

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APPLE SHAKERS

Objective: To identify addition problems with the sum of "5" and their corresponding subtraction problems.
Grade level(s): K - 1

Materials:
2 Foam bowls
Acrylic Red Paint
5 Lima beans
Black permanent marker
Scraps of green felt
Red and brown yarn
Short brass brads
News papers
Liquid soap (You'll need a lot of this!)

Equipment:
1-inch Foam Paint Brushes
Scissors
Blunt "Plastic Canvas" needle

Procedure:
(1) Parent volunteers would be great for this activity. Students need to dressed in old clothes; perferably short sleeved.
(2) Spread news papers on a table. Students are to paint the outside only of bowls with red paint. (2 per student) Set bowls asside to dry.
(3) Students need to color one side of the lima beans (5)with the black marker.
(4) Wash hands with lots of soap and water.
(5)  Cut felt into fat leaves. (Adult may need to do this.) 
 

(6) Assembly (Adults): Use a sharp object such as scissors or pencil point to punch a small hole in the bottom of one of the bowls. Make a six-inch loop out of the brown yarn; knot the ends together. Thread both the loop and one leaf into the hole. (Be careful not to pull too hard.) Place bowls' open-end to open-end, using red yarn on large needle, make 2 loose stitches on one side. Carefully push brad through bowl lips on opposite side as a latch. Place beans inside the "Apple".
(7) How to use: Students shake the shakers then open it. Ah-ha a math problem: 3 black bean + 2 white beans = 5 beans in all. Students continue until they can identify all the "fact families" with sums of 5.

Great idea sent in by Carolyn--thanks!!

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APPLE PUZZLES

Do cutouts of apples of all different colors

On one side, place a capital letter and on the other side place the lowercase of that letter then cut in half to make puzzles. For a center, have students match capitals w/ lower cases and then have an apple picture with lines for them to write their abc's on it!

sent in by Tamisha--thanks!

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APPLE TASTE TEST

Have an apple taste test. Cut a golden yellow apple, a red delicious apple, and a granny smith apple into bite size pieces. (You'll probably need more than one of each.) Have your students taste all three apples and choose their favorite. Then graph their favorite onto a graph. To make the graph really stand out, I made die-cuts of red, yellow, and green apples. The students wrote their names on the apples and put the apples on the graph. This is a great activity because you're covering math, three colors, nutrition, and one of the five senses (taste).

sent in by Jessica--thanks!

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APPLE GRAPH

Bring in red, yellow, and green apples. Read books about apples and do fingerplays about them. Wash and slice the apples for the children, leave on the skin so they can see what color they are eating. Have the children color an apple the color of the apple they liked the best. I had a paper bag with a colored apple for all three colors for them to sort their colored apples in. Then we made a graph to see how many chose each color. We compared them in many ways. The children really enjoyed this activity.

Submitted by Carla--thanks!

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FIND THE WORM GAME

Materials Needed:
6 apple shapes cut from Construction Paper (2 red, 2 yellow and 2 green)
Worm shape cut from brown construction paper. Laminate these so they can be used again.

Procedure: Children close their eyes and you hide the worm under one of apples. Call on one of the children to find the worm. Continue until everyone has had a turn. You can also have the children take turns hiding the worm.

Submitted by Cheryl--thanks!

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APPLE HIDE AND SEEK

Cut out apple shapes from construction paper at least one per child. Laminate them so that you can use them again. Hide the apples around the room. Have the children find them. If you cut the apples from red, yellow and green construction paper you can have them find the apples and then sort them according to color. Then count each group.

Submitted by Cheryl--thanks!

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APPLE TREE

Paint a childs arm brown and hand green. Put the childs arm and hand on a piece of paper to make a tree and then put red paint on the tips of childrens fingers and let them put apples in the tree! This looks so cute!

Submitted by Taryn~thanks!

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HOW MANY APPLES ON TOP?

I make a pattern of a tree and take pictures of the children between a blank door way. I then cut out the child's picture and glue it on the trunk of the tree. I ask how many apples up on top and whatever their answer is, that's how many little apple stickers the child will put on the green (top) of the tree.

Submitted by Lucy~thanks!

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Apple Taste Testing and Graphing

For a fun charting (and eating!) activity i do three different taste tests on Johnny Appleseed Day with my kindergarteners.

For the first taste test I use any three varieties of apples,(usually granny smith, washington red, and Fuji apples). I use an apple slicer/corer that you can get at any grocery food store and slice the apples. I give each child a slice of each variety. We taste them all together and after tasting we graph what each child's favorite is on our class graph.

I then repeat the process with other apple products such as apple sauce, apple jelly, apple butter and apple juice, apple cider!

~Submitted by Amanda~

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Silly Apple Faces

Pre cut the apples using red, green and yellow construction paper. Have the children glue eyes, nose and a mouth onto the apple. Depending on the age group the children can use either the pop-out silly eyes or the teacher can have pre-cut the eyes, nose and mouth.

Submitted by Shamina~thanks!

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Apples in the Bucket

Use red, green and yellow beanbags as apples to throw into a box, basket or bucket.
How many apples can you "harvest"?

Submitted by Maureen~thanks!

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Printable Johnny Appleseed Crossword

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Online Johnny Appleseed Crossword

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