Apple Theme Kindergarten Fun

It has been years since I have had an apple theme with my kids.  It was time for some apple theme Kindergarten fun with my girl. Funny part, she told me she did NOT want an apple theme, but I boycotted her on this one.  In the end she loved it and I am glad I didn’t follow her lead in this case.

Apple Theme Homeschool Kindergarten Fun



I had a blast setting up her apple theme shelves, focusing on anything I found in our stuff to represent apples.

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She still has pencil grip problems so we continue to do fine motor work.  Transferring pom pom apples with clothespins is just a simple way to sneak in some practice.

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The bin on the bottom shelf is just to contain all of the fun red and green items we have to work with!

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I made some apple trees for her using our Spielgaben set.  Sadly, she was not impressed.

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I also got a stack of printables I chose specifically for her from various sources which I will link for you when they are shown below. The links will be under the final photo for each day.

 

Day One

We explored together with the theme shelf a lot. I use our Scrabble Alphabet Soup tiles to make the word apple.

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She loved the apples I made out of wikki stix for her.

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She asked me to get out the letter A for Apple from our Letter set, then proceeded to make apple patterns with the pegs, all her idea!

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Here’s the apple printables she chose to complete day one.  I did let her choose what she wanted to do.

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{apple dot to dot, apple 100 chart, apple coloring}

 

The pop art apple coloring below was done the night before.  Why?  because She saw me setting up her apple stuff and begged to do it!

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Day Two

We began by using our Apple Cube Printable.

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She asked to tape the apple together and sit it upright!

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We used our Scrabble Alphabet pieces to find the missing letters on the apples.

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This cutting activity was a challenge for her but she loved it when it was finished!

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Of course, apple smiles for snack {sliced apples, peanut butter, mini marshmallows}!

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Here are the printables she chose on day two {links below photo}…

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{apple maze, apple missing letters, apple ABC maze, apple cutting spiral}

 

Day Three

I picked up a set of apple stickers last year at Target when the dollar spot went on clearance!  She used these to decorate a tree I drew for her!

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We had friends over for our apple taste test!

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Here’s the printables she chose on day three, plus the tree she made with stickers {I drew the tree on paper}.

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{apple number maze, apple color word coloring}

Day Four

Dot painting how many apples.

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Tracing the apple and Letter A.

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We worked together to color  the pages of the Apple mini book, then we laminated them and tied them together to make a nice book!

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My mom is here visiting and led this apple craft for me.  Ladybug got very frustrated with it but she finished three apples!  I love the perseverance and the joy she felt when she had a finished project!

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This is one of her three final apples she hung around the house!

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The Printables she chose {links below}…

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{count the apples, mini apple book, trace the apple}

All of her printable work from the week…

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See more apple ideas!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Apple Theme on Pinterest.

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

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!

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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

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



RRSP

Our letter this week ~ Aa, our verse…

Aa

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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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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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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