1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Alphabet Activities With Me
If you've been following the various blog articles for "apple week" you know that I've covered apple art, apple science, and apple math. (Simply scroll down to grab all of those FREEBIES in the articles that follow.) It seemed only fitting to design some Apple Alphabet Activities... Wow! Try to say that alliterative tongue twister three times. Any hoo, you've come to the right place if you're looking for some apple-themed activities that help students practice their alphabet skills.
You've probably seen all the wonderful clothespin matching games all over Pinterest. They were my inspiration for this upper and lowercase letter apple game.
Whenever I design something, I make samples, so that I not only have a photo of what a completed project looks like, but as a way to jot down specific steps, so you can easily follow my directions. Making something, also irons out any kinks I may run across that I can share, so things run smoothly for you.
The big one here is to clip your clothespins onto the apple BEFORE you write the letters on the tips. I learned that the hard way. Because my Y5's are just learning letters, they are easily confused when the thing they are matching doesn't look exactly like the mate.
By clipping the clothespins first, you are able to write the letters in the proper direction. As you can see by the photo, sometimes the letter needs to be written vertically on the clothespin, other times horizontally You also won't have any letters appearing upside down when a child clips them.
Here's another TIP: When I got the uppercase set done, I thought it would be a good idea to write the lowercase letters on the back, so that there were several ways to play the alphabet apple game (uppercase to lowercase, as well as lowercase to lowercase etc.) So that children aren't confused, write the uppercase letters using a different color permanent marker, than the lowercase letters.
This will be easy for students to sort, and see which side they should be using for whatever game you want them to practice. Click on the link to view/download the wonderful fine motor skill game: apple alphabet clothespins.
While I was making the numbered apples from 1-100, in yesterday's article, it was easy to use that same template to make apple alphabet cards. (I really like when things match!) There's a set that shows the upper and lowercase letters on each apple, as well as a set with just the uppercase letters, and another for the lowercase letters.
Use them as a border, flashcards, and for a variety of games. I've included a tip list of ideas. Click on the link to view/download the apple alphabet cards.
I've had quite a few requests for simple alphabet worksheets. Some teachers need them for an option for early finishers, or their sub folder, while lots of visitors need them for "homework!" It amazes me that some schools make homework mandatory for such a young age. The caramel apple coloring worksheet has been very popular as a fun home-school connection.
To reinforce the 3 colors of apples, students color the uppercase letter A's red, the lowercase a's yellow and the rest of the apples green. Click on the link to view/download a copy of the caramel apple coloring activity.
The "I spy" an apple letter on the apple tree, is a quick and easy way to whole group assess upper or lowercase letters in a fun way. Teacher starts the game by calling out a letter. Children search for that "apple" on their paper, and then trace it. When they are done they raise their hand.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty. Play continues 'til all of the letters have been traced. Students can play this game again at home, by coloring the "spied" letters. They can play it a 3rd time, by X-ing out the letters. Click on the link to view/download the Apple Tree I Spy game.
Finally, for a variety of other apple-themed activities and games, including ones involving the alphabet, click on the link for a 33-page Apple Activities packet.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you found something useful here, to help get your kiddos excited about learning. Just a reminder, if you're looking for an activity that I don't have, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Some of the things I design are special requests, and I'm glad to help out.
I'm off to meet a friend for lunch. Will be nice to catch up and share our excitement over teaching. I hope you have a lovely day too.
"What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child." - George Bernard Shaw