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10 Playful Apple Activities Your Toddler Will Love

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It's {almost} apple picking season!  We definitely plan on heading out to an apple orchard soon, but until then explore the upcoming apple season with your toddlers with these 10 Playful Apple Activities!  I know my 2 year old would love every single one!

10 Playful Apple Activities for Toddlers

Engage your toddler in playful apple crafts and learning activities with these 10 fun and creative ideas!

Moving around the image clockwise beginning in top right corner:

Apple Color Chant | School Time Snippets

Textured Apple Craft | From Abc's to Act's

Pretend Play Apple Picking | Lemon Lime Adventures

Bobbing for Apples Fine Motor Play | Fantastic Fun and Learning

Apple Scented Soda Dough | Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails

Baked Cotton Ball Apples | Sugar Aunts

Alphabet Apple Stomp | Toddler Approved

10 Apples Up on Top Math Activity | School Time Snippets

Easy Apple Craft | Mamas Like Me

Apple Prints | Learning4Kids

Which playful apple activity is your favorite?  

Check out more Top 10 Apple & Fall Ideas for Kids below!



Fun Apple Seeds Fine Motor Skills Activity

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Using the same adorable red platter turned apple from our applesauce writing tray, you can set up a simple and fun fine motor activity for your child.

It is the perfect way to add some apple themed fun into your learning activities!

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Little Sis loved this simple fine motor skills activity.  If you are searching for more browse over 100+ activities or think about adding our books to your home library!

Fine Motor Apple Activity


Supplies:
If you have yet to do our applesauce writing tray activity, first tape a brown stem and green leaf to the platter so that it resembles an apple.

apple fine motor activity

Next, add a couple of small pre-packaged containers of applesauce to the platter.

Dump several dried black beans into the applesauce.

Provide your child the tweezers and encourage him/her to use the tweezers to pick up the "apple seeds."

apple fine motor activity

As your child picks up the seeds with the tweezers, count the number of seeds.  This is a great way to sneak in some math skills, too!

Have fun adding this fun and simple fine motor skills activity to your learning activities!  Don't forget to add a couple of apple books to your reading basket, too:



Apple Tree Number Matching Preschool Printable

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Does your family have a favorite fall activity?  We love making the drive to our local apple orchard!  Out to the country we go to tromps through the rows of apple trees to pick several bags of bright red apples.  Truth be told, we love buying their apple cider donuts, too!

Apple Math Printable for Preschoolers
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I always have grand plans to use the apples in various recipes, but we end up grabbing them from the fridge just to snack on!

To help get you in the apple mood, I've created an Apple Tree Number Matching Printable to use with your preschool and/or Kindergarten kiddo.

Apple Math Printable


We've created a few other printables similar to this but with letters: see our Alphabet Tulips Match and Color Printable and our Alphabet Raindrops Matching Printable.  We changed the idea of the activity up a bit to work on number recognition for numbers 1-30.

Supplies:
Small manipulatives, like glass gems, encourage plenty of fine motor skills development within this activity.  You could also use Do A Dot Markers, mini apple erasers, or dot stickers.  Using such manipulatives are great ways to sneak in working on fine motor control and finger dexterity.

The Apple Tree Number Matching Printable consists of an Apple Tree Number board and two sheets of small apple cards with matching numbers.

Most likely, it would be a good idea to at least laminate the apple cards so they do not get ripped or crumbled...  and then you could do this activity again throughout the fall to continue working on number recognition.


apple preschool number matching printable

Once the cards are printed and laminated, cut each apple card out.  Either leave them in numerical order, or mix them up!

Have the child grab an apple card and find the number on the apple tree.  The apple cards consist of red, green, and yellow apples.  You could have the child place the same color glass gem on the apple tree as on the apple card.  For instance, the child draws a number 4 red apple and then places a red gem on the apple tree where he/ she finds the number 4.  

Continue until all the numbers in the apple tree are covered.

Another way to use this playful apple math printable is for calendar time the month of September!  For each day, have the child find the number and use a Do A Dot to color it in and then place the apple card in a pocket chart!

Or you could use this Apple Tree Number Matching Printable as an assessment tool; a fun way to sneak in testing your kiddo to find out what numbers he/she to work on by simply calling out a number and having your child find the matching number in the tree.

So many ways to use this versatile Apple Tree Math Printable!  Hope you enjoy!

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Counting Apples Preschool Printable

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My 4 year old loved the Counting Fish  Bubbles Math Activity we shared several weeks ago, so I decided to make another counting activity involving her fingerprints for the upcoming apple season!

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Supplies:

  • counting printable
  • red paint


This activity could be used several ways.  


We chose to make it into a keepsake counting book, but you could instead laminate the printable to re-use this activity in the future by using pom poms, buttons, or some other small kind of math manipulative instead.

Whichever suits your fancy!

Preschool Counting Activity


We first began this activity working on number recognition and sequencing by putting the apple trees in order from 1-10.

Next we pulled out the red paint and Little Sis dipped her finger in and made fingerprint apples on each apple tree counting card.

So on the apple tree that said "1," she made one fingerprint apple... and so on!

preschool counting printable

Such a great hands-on way to reinforce counting skills and 1:1 correspondence!

Once the apples dried, we stapled the counting cards together to make a little keepsake booklet!

Enjoy this preschool math activity with your preschooler! Thanks to MyCuteGraphics for providing the tree clipart!
Apple Tree Counting Mats
Apple Tree Booklet Cover Page

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Printable Back to School Signs {Tot School-12th Grade}

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I just love "Back to School" time-- planning out a new school year, new curriculum, freshly sharpened pencils, markers loaded with ink and tops on them, and cupboards stocked with paper and glue; there's plenty of excitement with all things new.

But what I love most of all is grabbing a picture of each of my kiddos as a memory of their sweet faces at a certain moment in time.  Capture this special day with our Printable Back to School Grade Signs!


We've done a different Back to School picture each year.  Quite honestly, it's never been the official "1st Day of" whatever school year/ grade the kiddos are entering!  Our first few days back to getting in the groove are exciting, but rough at the same time.

Back to School Printables


Check out these ideas in the past:

This year, I put together some new Back to School Signs for each of my kiddos and am sharing them with you, too!  Enjoy! And excuse the morning sun/ shade glare; this wasn't our official photo shoot.  Maybe I'll take the kiddos to a trail nearby and take photos.....
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I've got all the kiddos covered from Tot School- 12th Grade.

I just love the chalkboard look and added a few polka dots {because I am just a bit obsessed with them} and what resulted is a cute new printable Back to School sign.


Just click on each grade you'd like to print!  

Add it to a frame and have a quick little Back to School photo shoot!!


Feel free to share your cuties with our Printable Back to School Sign on our Facebook page, or just come and let me know you had a fun photoshoot using one or more of the signs with your kiddos!!

Chalkboard clipart owned and licensed to Emily Wean & EtchASketch Font licensed to Jen Jones Fonts.

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