Alphabet learning has been taking place in our house for some time. I have one little one who is working on letter identification and another one who is working on spelling his name and letter sounds. We’ve been sharing lots of those alphabet activities on the blog!
Today starts the first week of our Playful Preschool series. We’ve teamed up with some great bloggers to share themed preschool ideas to help you with your little ones. Each Wednesday you will find literacy, math, science, social studies, cooking, technology, music and more ideas based on a theme. This week we are sharing all about apples!
We created an alphabet learning activity involving that favorite Autumn fruit.
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Alphabet Learning: Stamping with Apples
Why We Chose This Alphabet Activity
We’ve been reading lots of books about apples (Apple Farmer Annie and Apples, Apples, Apples were two of our favorites) and even went apple picking this weekend. To build off of these experiences I wanted to use the apples in our alphabet learning. Building connections is so important to development and growth.
For even more apple books, check out our Apple Books for Preschooler big book list.
After slicing some apples for a snack, we saved the apple cores for this activity.
Preparing the Alphabet Activity
Materials needed: apple core, red paint (we used washable), paint tray, green and brown marker, and white copy paper or construction paper
1. On a piece of paper draw a basic tree.
2. Write a letter that your child needs to practice recognizing on the trunk.
3. On the tree top, write that same letter randomly 3-5 times. Add other letters to fill in the tree top.
4. Fill a small container with red paint. Set out the apple core which will be the stamp.
Alphabet Activity in Action
Now it’s time to play! Have the child identify the letter on the trunk of the tree. Next, they should use their apple core stamp dipped in paint and stamp the same letter on the tree top to create an “apple”. Have the child repeat the stamping until all the correct letters are stamped.
We’ve been working on identifying letters in my son’s name in the correct order so we made an apple orchard. I taped two pieces of paper together and drew a tree for each letter of his name. If this is too much to do in one sitting, you could do individual sheets/trees over several sessions and then tape them together in the correct order.
You can also watch Amanda from The Educators’ Spin On It and I talk about this and other activities below!
Here are more playful preschool ideas about apples.
Plan your learning week with Preschool Apple Theme Activities from the Playful Preschool Education Team:
From Orchard to Table. Watch and Make at The Educators’ Spin On It
Examining Apple Parts, How Does It Grow, Sink/Float at Little Bins For Little Hands
MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Apple Hop at Learning 2 Walk
Counting Apples with Preschoolers: Real-Life Math at Life Over C’s
Alphabet Activity: Apple Tree Letter Matching at Mom Inspired Life
Alphabet Learning: Apple Stamping at Growing Book by Book
Apple-Bet Match : Matching Lowercase with Upper Case Letters at Tiny Tots Adventures
Scented Playdough Prewriting Activity at The Preschool Toolbox
Applesauce Dough for Sensory Play at Still Playing School
How to Make Homemade Apple Pie – Cooking with Preschoolers at Powerful Mothering
Apple Oxidation Experiment at Raising Lifelong Learners
Join us next week when we explore a new theme: Family/Heritage
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