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.

Apple Cube Printable  Apple Tree Cube Printable

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

Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables A through E

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables K-O

Theme Printables P-T

Theme Printables U-Z


I wrote about my views on using themes with young kids, and there are certainly a LOT of early childhood themes to choose from! 

If you are like me, at times you choose a letter and build on it for a week or so with your tot/preschooler. It helps me stay focused as a teacher and not forget things! Having a letter of the week is not important, or necessary, it is just helpful for my type-A personality. In honor of this, I have created a series of planning help posts, gathering together all themed printable packs I could find that could extend a letter of the week.

Other times, I build on a theme with no focus on our letter of the week. These lists will help you find things in an orderly fashion!

When you begin planning, Pinterest and Google can be a bit overwhelming!  I am creating this series to help you with your planning.  I have gathered all FREE theme based printable packs {mainly early childhood focused, tots-1st grade} that I am aware of and sorted them by letter so you can browse through and get ideas all in one place! I did NOT include holiday based packs, simply because there are so many and they are pretty easy to find when holidays roll around.

I have included free printable theme packs from bloggers around the web including; Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, Spell Outloud, 3 Dinosaurs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Me & Marie Learning, Ooopsey Daisy, All Our Days, Creative Learning Fun, Royal Baloo, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Lawteedah, Our Little Monkeys, Creative Preschool Resources, Our Country Road, Homeschool Share, Preschool Mom, Gift of Curiosity, and Over the Big Moon. {if any of you ladies notice an error please let me know!}

If the pack was created by another blogger, I listed their {blog name} in the brackets.  If there aren’t any brackets, I made it!

Letter ATheme Printables A

Letter BTheme Printables B

Letter CTheme Printables C

Letter DTheme Printables D

Letter ETheme Printables E

    Looking for more printables?

    Theme Printables F through J Theme-Printables-K-through-O5 Theme Printables P through T Theme Printables U through Z

    Alll Printables A to Z 300 Printables-Packs-from-1plus1plus1equ

    Other posts about using THEMES with young kiddos…

    Planning-for-a-Theme6 Why-Themes7 How-to-Plan-Using-Themes6

This post is #10 in my series for the iHomeschool Network Spring 2013 Hopscotch. Visit other bloggers participating here!

Links will be added as the series progresses!

Homeschooling-Tots-and-Preschoolers_Day 1 ~ Where to Begin with Tot School eBook

Day 2 ~ You Don’t Have to Do it All!

Day 3 ~ Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Day 4 ~ Time Invested in Tot Schooling

Day 5 ~ 10 Tips for Studying Nature with Tots

Day 6 ~ Exposure vs. Mastery

Day 7 ~ Why Themes?

Day 8 ~ Teaching Tots in a Large Family

Day 9 ~ Our Favorite Learning Tools for Tots

Day 10 ~ Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E

Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter A

Home Preschool Letter A


Our letter this week ~ Aa, our verse…


See RRSP Letter Aa with Krash here!

Not familiar with RRSP?  Read the intro post here!


Her brand new RRSP board! She was so excited to see it and find out it was for HER!  I am going in ABC order with her, mostly because her fine motor/writing skills are way beyond where Krash was at this stage {which is why I went out of order to work on writing easier letters first}.

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You can tell by her outfits what she did on each day, about 2 RRSP activities per day plus the PowerPoint.  Cutting vocabulary cards was a favorite!  Coloring was not, she wanted me to do it!

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The letter tracing activities were a hit, she loves tracing!

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Just like Krash, she loved cutting her verse, taping it together and measuring it!

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I am using clothespins for the “popsicle stick props” and since she is a bit more advanced than Krash was, we are emphasizing the sight word more.  We found it together on all of the easy reader pages!

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Working on our nice words/mean words craft.Home Preschool Letter A -8183

She learned the verse and let me record it for you!  I am not sure if she will every week, she’s a bit finicky like that.


She LOVED the PowerPoint show!  We watched it together every day!  Home Preschool Letter A -8119Since we are going in a different order, I am updating the counting portion of the shows, if you go in ABC order and use the PP shows, I am adding them in a new 2013 update column on the Members Only PowerPoint webpage.

The Power Point lessons are located in the Members Only section. You can see a video here showing a PowerPoint lesson. You can learn more about the Members Only section here.

The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE!

You can download the entire letter Aa unit for FREE here.

Want the RRSP Bundle


~ More Letter Aa Work ~

See how we organize our weekly home preschool activitiesPreschool Work Trays

I am doing Letter Baskets for her, and using her shelf to draw her attention to different items.

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Each evening I would set up something different on the top shelf from the basket to peak her interest.

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I also put a few of the activities on her preschool work trays during the week, here she was holding up her completed peg A.

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Working on her letter A puzzles…

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Our ABC Find It activities were really fun!  Letter Aa was featured in the Ideas for Using ABC Find It, you can see descriptions there!

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She loved dot painting the A with the ant.  She disliked making the letter A with Color Cubes, so I made it for her ~ she liked that!

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Painting the Letter Aa page from the Tot Time Notebook was a favorite activity.  She loves paint and it really drew her into the sheet, which she has seen many times before in her notebook! Preschool Letter A-8050

Sorting Aa’s, and working on a letter A maze

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Painting her Animal ABC lowercase aHome Preschool Letter A -8118

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Letter A Maze with pom pom magnets…Home Preschool Letter A -8170

Dot painting all of the Aa’s on the letter huntHome Preschool Letter A -8175

We did a few activities from my Baby Animals PackBaby Animals Printable Pack

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We are in the second half of All About Reading Pre Level 1, which goes through the lowercase letters.  She really loved seeing Ziggy again!

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Letter Aa on the iPad with Letter School…Preschool Letter A-8067

Her work all hung up at the end of the week.  This is the pocket chart above her desk…Home Preschool Letter A -8201

This is another area where we hang her work!  Home Preschool Letter A -8210

Find all letter A activities on my A is for… Pinterest board, or on my general ABC Ideas board! I also have a board for RRSP Letter Aa!

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Learning Tools We Used…

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Tot School ~ Animal ABCs Letter A

~Ladybug is currently 32.5 months old~


Ladybug has a new Tot School set up!  I switched the  home school room around a bit before Christmas break and had it all ready for our start back in January.  I wanted her to have a desk, so she got K’s old desk {which also used to be Pac’s-it’s from Ikea years ago}.  I moved it up near her Tot Trays and made a little corner for her.  You can see our pocket chart hanging behind her desk so I have a place to display her items, as well as her All About Reading poster on the wall.  So far, this set up has worked beautifully.


We have 2 brand new things we are doing for school now, All About Reading Level Pre 1 and Animal ABCs.


Animal ABCs

Here is her desk set up for letter A.  I purchased the Scholastic Alpha Tales book set, which is where the letter Aa book you see is from.  The items in the pocket chart are all available for free here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added a tiny alligator we had from a Little People set too.  IMG_9455

We also had a few alligator books off to the side in her pink basket.  Here are some alligator ideas for you…

As you will see, my tot LOVES to write.  She honestly blows me away with her desire to trace, color, draw, and write.  Neither of my boys were like this.  The “extras” were developed because of her intense love of writing and tracing.  Because her Tot Time Notebook was such a hit, I decided to go with a similar plan for her Animal ABC work.  The pages for the current unit are all in a 1/2” 3 ring binder, inside of sheet protectors.  She uses her click markers and eraser to work through her pages whenever she wants to!  This past week she did each page at least 4 times, probably more!

Here are a few action shots…

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The coloring page is pulled out and we worked on a few alligators per day.  She usually likes to do this as team work, which is fine!IMG_9550

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  We chose to watercolor the letter A, and then glue down the alligators.  She helped me cut on the thick gray lines and then I trimmed out the rest of the alligators while she painted.

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We let the A dry and then I cut it out.  She helped me glue the alligators on and then we glued the big letter onto blue paper.  She absolutely LOVED the finished product and wanted to hold it for a very long time!

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See more ideas for using the letter crafts!

Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts

Special Note: PLEASE remember that most tots will not enjoy this type of work.  Ladybug is unique in her desire to do these types of things.  When Krash was this age, he would barely sit at a table for a few minutes, let alone do tracing worksheets!  I only do this type of thing with Ladybug because she practically begs for it.  It is “her thing” and I just follow her lead.  All children are different, just have fun and follow your child’s lead at this stage!

We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I introduced Ziggy the Zebra and she really liked him but didn’t want to touch him!  Krash enjoyed playing the rhyming game in lesson 1 with us and it was a great bonding time for the 2 kids as Ladybug absorbed information from watching Krash, and Krash got an excellent review.

Ladybug asked for Ziggy a lot and wanted him to color her letter A activity with her.  Pac snapped these pics of Ladybug and I working together.IMG_9481


For now we will be moving our All About Reading lessons along with our Animal ABC v  units.  I have no letter of the week plan, just plan to switch letters when she is ready-meaning when she gets “bored” with a certain letter’s activities.  This week she stayed interested in letter A all week long so we stuck with it!  All About Reading Pre Level 1 goes through the upper case alphabet first and then the lower case.  We are following with their plan.

Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumbLadybug got the Scrabble Alphabet Soup game for Christmas and LOVES it!  Of course, we modified the rules a lot but have our own unique tot game.  We take turns scooping and then taking our letters out one by one and naming them, “I got a P!”  I got a G”!”  She loves it!IMG_9520

Our Design and Drill Center is a BIG hit, BUT our drill broke after one day.  I am so sad and have sent an email to Educational Insights to ask for a replacement.  Hopefully their customer service will be good!  I really love this toy, if the drill works!IMG_9458

One of my mom’s friends gave us this adorable moon balancing toy {used}.  I couldn’t find the exact one online for sale, but did find this beautiful item on etsy, while browsing for a link to share here.  All 3 kids are loving this simple toy!IMG_9580

The Play House {linked to Amazon, but don’t buy it there!  I saw it at Kohl’s for less than $20} was a BIG hit for Ladybug for several days, and still is.  She has colored and played so much!

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Techy Tot

Oh how we love the iPad, and our bean bags.  What a great combo. I remembered to snap a few shots of L-bug in action with the pad this week.IMG_9494

In these shots she was playing Starfall, Candy Count {we only have the free version}, and Shape Builder. These are 3 of her very favorites, she chooses them a lot!  See more iPad apps we love here!

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The face on the left is her “no picher” face, I love it!!  She was working on her Tot Time Notebook and wanted me to leave her alone!

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Kindergarten with Krash ~ YCR/unit 7, RRSK/Aa, & Pirates


We are back to school!  I have changed things up a bit for K’s Kindergarten, therefore I will change how I organize the Kindergarten with Krash blog posts.

Each week he will have 3-4 areas: You Can Read, RRSK, Calvert, and a Theme of the Week {if we have one}.  This past week we kicked off our new routine!

We are still using his workboxes, he just uses all 9 now that he is a big boy!

You Can Read: Unit 7 {play, find, to, run}

RRSK: Letter Aa

Theme of the Week: PIRATES

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OK, I must say I am IN LOVE with the fact that RRS has come back into our lives again, I was missing it!  The difference in Krash now is phenomenal!  It has been so fun to revisit this verse and talk about it with him, read the book, and watch him grow.  He just gets it so much more now.  It became very obvious to me this week that expanding RRS to Kindergarten was totally a God thing, as HE has totally shown up this week as we have worked with this RRSK unit.

You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!

We did 2 activities from the set per day, making 10 total activities. 

He loved tracing his verse as we practiced it together…IMG_2854

I did the cutting for him, he searched for the words as we recalled the verse together.  We did this on day 2, and he knew the verse tune by this point and was singing it to me in the photo on the right.  He was at the part that says “verse 1” and was holding up his 1 finger!  So cute!

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He has decided {for now at least} that he would like to teach the song to other kids, so he made a video for you!  I sure hope he is willing to do this every week!!  You can download the printable with the verse tune here on the RRSP Letter Aa webpage.

RRSK ~ Letter Aa, Proverbs 15:1


He really liked glittering the word…


then, he chose markers he liked to trace the bottom portion…IMG_3103

LOVE the tongue. Above you can also see the mini book sitting next to him.  We are pulling the book out to work on it again.  The easy reader is a part of the Letter Aa RRS Preschool set.IMG_3106


Following my oral directions…IMG_3119

Finding words that start with A and actually enjoying the tracing of the letters!IMG_2936

Practicing counting and writing numbers through 20…IMG_3200


At the end of the unit he told me his story, which I love. Slide15 He was a bit confused, but that’s to be expected.  I explained that I wanted him to look at the picture {of the mom with the kids on the couch} and think of a story to tell me about it.

Here it is:

Once there was a snowy week then soon happened a tornado came after the snow.  Soon the storm stopped.  Then they were driving in a car and they were speeding like super fast and they got in trouble.  Then they were driving in the car again and soon there was another tornado and they drove into it.  Then they turned and went in their bedrooms and sat on the couch with their mom.  She said, “it will be alright kids.”  They went to bed and went to sleep until the storm stopped.  The tornado was crazy, it kept going and going!  It barley stopped for 15 hours and then the snow came back.  Then they were finally happy.  They shouted to God, “ Thank you for stopping this storm.”

He loved watching me write and kept saying, “man that is a big word, wow!”  Dictating stories teaches kids so many things, I hope you enjoy this with your young children too!

RRSK Letter Aa Printables Here!


We used unit 7 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did…

Tracing is so much more fun with a Dollar Tree pen…IMG_2924

Now that he is a big boy, he colored all 4 Color by # Sight Words in one sitting, and I laminated them to use for Word Play!IMG_2842

He also used them as templates as he put together his words.IMG_2848

He completed a word reading assessment and read 21 correctly, missing 11-which showed me the words he needed to work on.  One of the new activities Annie from The Moffat Girls has created: Sight Word Graphing, featured one of his trouble words: said, as well as the sight word for RRSK Letter Aa: away, so I had him work on it!IMG_3212

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Tracing his words using our dry erase activity centerIMG_3090

Finding words in sentences {one of his favorites}…IMG_3692

At the end of the week, we will be adding to his word caterpillar.  He re-reads the words up there to me…IMG_3698

…then heads to the floor with me to see if he can read any others that he has learned so far.  He cannot add them to the caterpillar until he can read them quickly on his own!  After he can, he traces them and I laminate them before adding them!  A HUGE thanks to Annie for adding all of the You Can Read sight words and offering it as a free download in her store!!!IMG_3705



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Probably the most fun word play ever. Get your nerf guns out and start shooting.

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Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!


 *~*~ PIRATES!~*~*

My boy loves pirates.  I don’t really dig them, but oh well…it made for a fun theme!  See links to the resources we used here in the Pirate Theme Post.

Here he is clipping his pirate soundsIMG_2927

Using The Moffat Girls Pirate Counting by 10 printables in our wall pocket chart


He also did the counting by 10’s puzzle from the same pirate set…IMG_3085

The Kindergarten Printables were a HUGE success!  Probably his favorite part-which surprised me!  He loved learning more than/less than with the pirate images and alligator.  We joked that the alligator would only eat MORE.  We used our mini pocket chart and played the “game” many times and in various ways.  Sometimes leaving the alligator out, sometimes putting him in first and putting the amounts in the proper place.  Best part-he had no CLUE he was learning , he just had fun!IMG_3110

The number line activity was his very favorite and he asked to play with me in his free time! First, I taught him that it was a number line and we talked about why.  We practiced counting and then began hiding numbers under the pirate.  It turned into a fun close-your-eyes game and he greatly improved his “counting-on” skills while playing!IMG_3206

He also loved sorting coins with the pirates!IMG_3219


Playing the pirate graphing game from 2 Teaching MommiesIMG_2856

Reading MANY pirate books!IMG_2839

K with Krash Misc

Building with Guidecraft City Blocks is always a favorite…  IMG_2894

Magneatos continue to come out a lot, this was a special waterfall shower contraption…IMG_2876

Helping Ladybug with her work-he LOVES this!IMG_3010

He too loved the tong game, you can read about it here!

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He adores our kitchen, you can see my full review about it here! IMG_3037

Krash lived up to his nickname getting his very first stitches this past week!  He got two on his forehead after tumbling from the high monkey bars while on the playground at church.  he was such a trooper!!!IMG_3124

A few items we used…

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