These fun apple activities are a great addition to an apple preschool theme. They are a fun way for little learners to dive into Fall. The apple themed activities include dice games, apple patterning and counting, and play dough mats. You can download this printable pack for free at the bottom of the post.
Apple Dice Games
Dice games are a great way to practice math skills like counting and number recognition. These dice games can be played independently or with a partner.
This apple tree dice game can be played independently or in a group. Each student has their own apple tree. Use pom poms, gems, or buttons as apples to put in the apple trees. Roll the die and cover the number that is rolled. If a number is rolled that has already been covered, roll again. When all of the numbers are covered with apples, you win!
Give this apple pie dice game a try! Use pom poms, stones, buttons, or balls of play dough as red apples. Roll the die and cover all of the numbers to win.
The apple orchard dice game is an easy way to practice color recognition, counting, and reading a chart. Use pom poms, buttons or play dough as apples. Include red apples, green apples, and yellow apples for this game.
Roll the die. Look at the chart to see how many apples and the different colors to add to the tree. When you’ve added 10 apples to your tree, you win!
Print these paper apples and use them for sorting, counting, or to make an apple pattern. You can also write letters on them for each child to spell their name. Another idea is to put numbers on them and put them in numerical order. The are so many possibilities with this apple printable.
Apple Tree Play Dough Mats
Roll balls of play dough to add apples to the apple tree with this play dough mat. Print the mat onto card stock and laminate for durability.
You can also print this page onto regular paper and use dot markers with it to make apples. If you don’t have dot markers, use a wine cork to stamp the apples or a pom pom clipped in a clothes pin.
Make your own lacing cards like they did at Preschool Play to strengthen fine motor skills. What a simple way to create the apples out of pieces of foam. You could also use a sturdy paper plate. This is one of our favorite apple fine motor activities.
Apple printing with real apples like they did at The Activity Mom is so much fun! Cut the apple in half, dip it in paint, and stamp it onto the page. Use different colors. The final product is so cool. This apple craft can be paired with apple books that you read together.
Not only can you paint with real apples, but you can use them in other ways to make learning fun.
- Cut two apples in half, one with a horizontal slice and one with a vertical slice. Notice how the core looks different on each one.
- Observe and count the apples seeds inside each apple.
- Get several different kinds of apples, whether they are different colors or different types. Slice the apples and put them in a muffin tin. Taste test the different varieties of apples. What is your favorite apple? Make a graph to display everyone’s favorites.
- Try these Science experiments with real apples from Little Bins for Little Hands.
We love this apple sensory bin idea from Pre-K Pages. With oatmeal as the base of the sensory tub, children can scoop, pour, or bury objects for hours of sensory play fun. The paper tubes as tree trunks with the color words on them is a great way to expose children to these words. I love the tweezers and bug catchers that are included. They used pom poms for apples which makes it so colorful and inviting.
Apple Letter Matching
Playdough to Plato has a free letter matching activity to build literacy skills. Match the capital letters to the lowercase letters. This is a great letter recognition activity with an apple theme. Put magnets on the back of the pieces and try this activity on a vertical surface such as an easel or refrigerator. Working on a vertical surface is beneficial for preschoolers.