1-2-3 Come Make Some Apple Art With Me!
I've had several requests for some quick and easy art activties, that teachers can do in a short amount of time, or set up as centers. Here are some of my all-time favorites.
A melted crayon apple looks awesome and takes only a few minutes to make. Students cut out their apple and glue a leaf and stem to it. Teacher reads the poem and reviews rhyming. As a terrific fine motor skill, children peel a red, yellow and green broken crayon.
When it is their turn, children bring their apple and crayons to the adult-run center, where they "shave" their crayons in a crayon sharpener, to make piles of shavings. Students pinch some and sprinkle in a few places on their apple, being careful not to cover the poem.
The teacher or room helper, lays a piece of wax paper on top, and carefully presses down with an iron on its lowest setting. After a few seconds (s)he gently peels back the paper to reveal a multi-colored apple tree. My Y5's often squealed with delight at how cool their apple looked. Click on the link to view/download the Crayon Melt Apple activity.
Another easy apple "craftivity" that helps strengthen finger muscles, is a rip and tear apple. Even a young child can work independently at this center, as they tear red, yellow, green, and brown strips of paper into color piles, and then glue them to their apple cut out.
Any of these projects make an outstanding apple bulletin board, or if you do several, arrange them all on a wall, with the caption: Apple-icious Work! Click on the link to view/download the Rip & Tear Apple pattern.
As you can see in the photographs, I have my kiddo's use yellow, green and red, to reinforce the fact that apples can be all of those colors. Another way to bring this idea home, is to have children color this apple template. I designed the "graph" paper with large squares for little ones, as well as smaller squares for older children. Click on the link to view/download The Color-Me Apple activity.
I always liked to throw in a few crafts that I knew parents would absolutely love. I call these "Keepsake Crafts." Tracing a child's arm, on brown construction paper, with their fingers spread to make "branches" results in the perfect apple tree.
Children dip their index finger in red paint, or red glitter glue and dab on 10 fingerprint apples. Include a child's oval photo in the "hollow" of the tree, for that finishing touch.
This apple craft has a poem, so you can review that genre, along with rhyming words. Having children count the 10 apples, reinforces that math standard as well. Click on the link to view/down load The Keepsake Apple Tree Pattern.
Finally, allowing children to paint, is a bit messy, but also provides wonderful fine motor skill practice, and they absolutely LOVE it. Have children add seeds to the back of their apple, by pressing their index finger onto a brown stamp pad and then making a star design in the center.
To make this a noisemaker-shaker, add rice or birdseed before you staple their creation. These also look sweet dangling from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download the Painted Apple Bowl activity.
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1-2-3 Come Measure Apples With Me!
Help your students learn about measurement, with this quick, easy and fun booklet. Students measure height, weight, width and circumference of their apple. They trace and write vocabulary-building words, predict, answer questions, + collect and analyze data. Investigating apples via this booklet, will help with Common Core State Standards: K.MD.1a, K.MD.2, 1.MD.1, and 1.MD.2.
Introduce measurement, by showing students all of the measuring materials and ask them if they know the names of these objects and what they are used for. Discuss the value of measurement, as well as how and why people measure things.
Ask for a bag of apples to be donated to the class, or have each child bring 1 or 2 in. (Make sure to buy a few extras yourself, for those children whose parents forgot.) Allow a few moments for children to really examine their apple by touching it, smelling it, describing their apple to a partner etc.
To make this do-able for non or beginning readers, work on the booklet as a whole group. Read the 1st page aloud and model what you want your students to do, then have children do that portion of their investigation. If you are teaching pre k you might want to do just 1 booklet as a class. Older students can work on this independently. Allow enough time so children don't feel rushed, and so everyone gets a turn using the scale. To expedite things, you may want to borrow several other scales from fellow teachers for that part of your day. To keep interest, with little ones, and because of time, you can also work on just one or two pages a day.
When your booklet is completed, read it aloud once more, and have children share their results as you read that page. Reinforce vocabulary by reviewing the measurement tools and words, and asking students: "What is a scale? What is it used for?" "What is height? How can you measure it?" etc.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple Investigation booklet.
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1-2-3 Come Make The Life Cycle Of An Apple With Me!
There are 3 Life Cycle of an Apple craftivities in this packet. Children can choose to glue the apple's life cycle on an apple, apple tree, or apple pie.
There is a front and back to the apple and apple tree projects. The apple has a sweet poem that I revamped, on the back. The apple seeds are a child's finger print that was pressed onto a brown stamp pad.
On the apple life cycle TREE, students cut and glue apples for however many years old they are.
The life cycle of an apple (pie plate), was made by covering a paper plate with aluminum foil. Because you are cutting a slice of apple pie to dangle, you have an opportunity to cover fractions as well.
There are also 2 different apple life cycle templates to choose from. One apple life cycle is completed by using real photographs of the various stages and gluing them to the template. (See tree & pie photo.) The other apple life cycle, is made by coloring, cutting and gluing the pictures of each phase. (See apple photo.)
Completed projects look wonderful dangling from the ceiling. The apple pie life cycle makes a sweet bulletin board. I spray the pie slice with apple spice fragrance for that finishing touch.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple "Craftivities" With Me
Studying apples was one of my very favorite units. Apples can be used across the board for every subject. I especially enjoy designing hands-on apple lessons that help students practice their fine motor + listening and following direction skills. Because my room was on the far end of the school, one of the corridors provided a hallway to myself! I LOVED decorating it to the hilt, with my students' "mess-terpieces"; we always received tons of compliments too.
To introduce, and encourage rhyming, I like to make up poems and songs to familiar tunes. I used the tune of 3 Blind Mice for the Apples Apples Apples dangler. It reinforces the concept of small-medium and large, as well as the fact that apples can be red, yellow or green.
To make this even more special, have students glue their photo to the leaf, and press their pinkie finger on a brown stamp pad, to make the 5 seeds in the center of their apple. Making a brown construction paper loop for a stem, adds pizzazz, and makes it easy to hang these from the ceiling. Click on the link to veiw/download the Apples Song Dangler.
Small squares of red, yellow and green tissue paper, collaged on a card stock apple, also provides great fine motor skill practice. The results are truly amazing. For a high gloss finish, gently paint the top of the apple, with watered-down Elmer's white glue, or Modge Podge. For that extra bit of pizzazz, add a scrap of calico fabric and a button. Click on the link to view/download the Tissue Paper Apple Activity.
If you've cut apples using an Ellison die-cut machine, save the outside "frame." For an "instant" apple, put the "frame" on top of the tissue paper collage. If you want these to have a "stained glass" look, collage the tissue squares on a sheet of wax paper, trim and hang in the window.
Another quick & easy craftivity your students can do, to reinforce the concept of 3D, as well as the fact that apples come in 3 colors, is to have them make an apple pencil topper. I call these apple twirlers, because you can rub the pencil between the palms of your hands and make the apple twirl.
To make one, run off the apple template on red, green and yellow construction paper. Students trim their apples, fold them in half and then glue each half together til they have a 3 dimensional apple, whose "faces" are red, green and yellow. This is a teachable "fraction" moment, to cover the terms "whole" and "half." While the glue is still wet, students slide their apple onto the top of their pencil. Click on the link to view/download the Pencil Apple Twirler.
A spin off of this activity, is a tri-colored apple paper chain. Instead of putting their apple on top of a pencil, students add a seed center to each face, punch a hole at the base, make a yarn loop and attach a yellow, red and green paper chain. Review an ABC-ABC pattern with your students, as well as odd and even numbers. They can make their chains as long as they have time for. Click on the bolded link above to view/download this craftivity.
Finally, to add a bit of pizzazz to your apple cut-outs, and help students strengthen their finger muscles, use a hand held crinkler, to give papers the look of corregated cardboard.
You can buy these rollers at any hobby store. They retail for around $18, but watch for weekly 40%-50% off coupons and get one then. Students simply insert their paper into the roller and crank away. My Y5's LOVED doing this, and nick named the machine "Mr. Cruncher Muncher." Click on the link for the pattern.
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1-2-3 Come Study Johnny Appleseed With Me!
I've had several requests for some activities about Johnny Appleseed, so I designed this 10-page packet, which will help your students develop their writing skills.
Click on the link to view/download the Johnny Appleseed packet.
To help learn some basic facts, and include singing into your day, there's a Johnny Appleseed song on YouTube that's under 2 minutes.
A while back, Disney came out with a Johnny Appleseed movie. It's only 17 minutes long and can be viewed on YouTube. This would make a nice culminating activity to your Johnny Appleseed studies.
I use coloring pages to make worksheets with letters, numbers, shapes etc. I also turn them into math sheets and connect the dots via skip counting. When my students are done with the task at hand, they can color the picture. I'm always on the lookout for coloring pages that fit my theme. A Johnny Appleseed coloring page can be found at this link. Martin also has a Johnny Appleseed coloring page, as well as education world.
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