Apple Taste Test with Printables

We haven’t done an apple taste test in years. I skipped the whole apple theme when Krash was younger, and now that Ladybug is in Kindergarten I wanted to have apple fun again!  I created some apple taste test printables for my kids to use and you are welcome to them also!

Apple Taste Test Printable

I bought 7 different types of apples and invited some friends over since I knew we couldn’t eat all of the apples!  Plus it’s more fun with friends! I got the table all prepared before the friends arrived to make things run smoothly.  Even had time to snap a few pictures for you!

Apple Taste Test

Apple Taste Test Printable

Apple Taste Test

I cut each apple as we tasted to keep them from browning.  I used an apple cutter and walked around the table letting each child sample and then fill in their sheet.

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My sweet mom is here so she took some photos for me while I worked!

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The kids wrote in the name of the apple, circled a descriptive word, colored the apple to match, and chose a smile or sad face to represent if they liked it or not. Ladybug and her four year old friend both had some writing help.

Apple Taste Test Printable

In the end each child ate more of the apples they liked and then filled out the final poster to tell their favorite kind of apple!  You can see Ladybug’s papers below!

Apple Taste Test Printables

Download you free Apple Taste Test Printables

here on our Apple Fun webpage

See more apple ideas on our Apple Theme Pinterest Board!

Apple Theme Pinterest Board

The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, The Selfish Crocodile, during the past two weeks.

The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. I usually borrow books from the library but didn’t have time to get there so we used the croc books we had.

The full set-up…

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The set up didn’t include much {2 books, 2 crocs, coloring and the pocket chart}.  I wanted something more fun and creative so I sat and though for awhile and then remembered I had little foam crocodiles in a old set, and some blue fish rocks = a RIVER!  She also had a crocodile craft she made a few months ago, I put him in too.  She LOVED this!

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We used this unit over two weeks, spreading out the lessons over 5 days total. I follow a very loose lesson plan and shift things around as needed or desired. I do not stress out at all about what does or does not get done each day.  We just have fun together and learn as we go!

I tried something new by taking small video clips for you throughout our unit.  Let me know if these are helpful to you.

Day One

She immediately wanted to  play with the “river” which was fun!

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I don’t have action shots, but I had her come with me to hunt for animals we had around the house to represent all of the animals in the book!  Many were up in her room, it was fun!  Below you can see them all around her!

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After she explored freely for a while, we read the book and added in the little animals we had to the story.

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Working on the 3 part animal cards in our small pocket chart!.

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Here’s a video of us in action!

She set all of the animals up at the end and played for a long time! I didn’t add in any other work this day, to allow for plenty of free exploration and fun!

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Day Two

Again, she began with free exploration.  The shelf makes it nice and inviting.

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We dug into the ordinal number activity next!  She liked this!

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Here’s a video of us in action


We enjoyed the character connection activity next.

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Here’s a video of us in action


Finally, she worked on the C is For… activity!

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Day Three

After reading the book again, we put the story in order using our printables.

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We did the small, medium large math activity

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She painted a crocodile {technically an alligator craft but who’s telling?}, which was a BIG hit!  She loves these!

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After it dried, we cut him out and put him together.

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Day Four

She LOVED making a river scene and told me I need a story scene for every book.

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Here’s a peek of her in action making her river scene


Dot painting fraction circles.  These printables are to give a basic introduction to fractions.

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Rainbow crocodiles!  She also cut them all out and gave them to each of us as gifts.

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Tracing the word selfish in our Bible verse as we discussed it.

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Day Five

She really enjoyed the greater than less than activity!

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Here she is in action

We cut up our comprehension questions and put them in a bag for her to make it ore fun.  She really enjoys this.  She keeps the ones she gets right!

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Here’s a peek of us in action


To close out our fun with this unit, she made a crocodile using the Nature Guide that comes with our Spielgaben set!

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables Toys and Books to go along with The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten UnitThe Selfish Crocodile Pinterest Board

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?

See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!


Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms App

We love books on our iPad and were recently introduced to the Sparky apps, specifically Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms!

{disclaimer ~ we were compensated for this post}Sparky and the case of the Missing Smoke Alarms


This is a free app, with a fun focus on fire safety.  I honestly wasn’t sure what Ladybug would think.  I never know with her.  Sometimes she is totally UNimpressed with apps and books on the iPad.  I was excited to see how much she enjoyed the Sparky character and the story itself. Not too sure our dog was impressed.

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The story is longer and was totally appropriate for her, she’s 5.  She listened to it read aloud and then interacted with each page. The kids and Sparky solved the mystery of the missing smoke alarms in the end! It was silly, fun, and educational.

As with most iPad books there are little places in the pictures where you can tap to interact. She loved putting the smoke alarms back where they belong!

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There is also a video and a game in this app, she enjoyed those too.  Many giggles  were heard throughout the entire book as I watched her listen to it and interact with it. “Look, look Mommy!” was said a lot!

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My opinion is that it would be best for ages 4-7, but since it’s free be sure to try it out even if you have a younger or older child. You can download IOS or Android here on the Sparky website! There are also many other fire safety activities on the Sparky website and other resources for you as a parent to explore. 

Sparky was such a big hit with Ladybug, she asked if there were more Sparky books and I was happy to tell her there was another! We downloaded Sparky’s Birthday Surprise also and she had me make a “Sparky” app folder for her.  I’d say that’s confirmation for me, she likes the books and the Sparky character! You can grab the other Sparky book on the website also!

With Fire Prevention Week coming soon {October 5-11, 2014}, it’s a great time to bring some of this fun and free learning into your homeschool or classroom!

Download your FREE app here!

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Apple Activity with Cubes ~Free Printables

We haven’t had an Apple Theme week in our homeschool in years. I decided it was time to have some apple activity fun this week with Ladybug for Kindergarten. I printed many apple activities from other sites and made these simple apple cube printables for us to use.

Apple Cube Printables

Years ago I made a pumpkin cube printable just like these, which is in our Pumpkin Printable Pack.  Many have asked me to make more of these and finally I have more for you!

Apple Activity Using Cubes


I made an A is for Apple and an Apple Tree.

A is for Apple Activity Using Cubes

Our Color Cubes set didn’t have enough greens to make the tree, nor does it have brown.  Thankfully Unifix Cubes are about the same size, so we used those for the tree!  You can use Unifix Cubes for both if you don’t have the Color Cube set.

Don’t have either?  Use the outline version and color the squares in, use colored stickers, or even dot paint!

Apple Tree Activity Using Cubes


This activity provides young kids the opportunity to practice spatial visualization skills in recreating the pattern using cubes. Older kids can look at the pattern and recreate OFF of the printable to make it more challenging.

Both activities will be set up on trays for her to work on!  I pre-counted the cubes and colors for her and placed those on the tray with the printable. Once she copies the patterns on the printable, I will encourage her to try to recreate on the table next to the printable.

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You can see I chose to use the outline version to save on ink, but there is a solid color version also if you prefer that.  The solid color version would be easier for younger tots.

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Download your FREE Apple Cube Printables

here on our Fall Fun Webpage!

See more apple ideas on our Apple Theme Pinterest Board!

Apple Theme Pinterest Board

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 89

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 89

Cool crisp sunny days are upon us and what memories can be made and lessons learned by exploring the outdoors! Take a few moments to enjoy the beauty of autumn with your Tots this week and share what fun activities you enjoyed together!

Do you have a Tot that enjoys using scissors? Mama Danielle from Blessedly Busy…Life Abundantly shares an activity that will help your Tot with scissor skills and shape recognition! Take a peek!

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What do llama, lions, and leaves all have in common? The letter L – which was the focus of Mr. C’s Tot School! Head on over to The Incredible K to see the fun activities that Mrs. Kuba put together!

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Are apples a favorite fall treat of you Tot? Check out The Kennedy Adventures for a fun art activity featuring apples!



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Our Tot School Ideas Board is filled with ideas from all around the web, maybe even some of yours!Tot School Ideas on Pinterest


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