10 Apples Up on Top Preschool Activities

Fall is a perfect time for an APPLE unit either at home or at school. It is something that preschool age kids love to explore and learn more about. We’ve complied these 10 fun apple preschool activities and crafts that can fit any lesson! Pair them with one of our favorite read-aloud books, Ten Apples Up On Top, for a perfect start to the unit!

10 Apples Up on Top Preschool Activities - crafts, recipes, kids activities, and fun ideas for your prek or kindergarten child. Perfect for paring with a read-aloud of this Dr. Seuss classic. Plus, a free printable activity!

10 Apples Up On Top Read Preschool Activities

1. Read-Aloud Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Suess – This great read aloud that has lots of counting in it. We love all Dr. Seuss books, you need a copy of Ten Apples Up on Top in your home library though because it’s just such a fun and funny read and lends to so many great activities you can do together.

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2. Try to Balance an Apple – I let my students try and balance an apple on their head so that they can see how difficult it is. It makes the story more real to them, and even funnier because balancing even one apple is hard to do!

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

3. Draw a Picture and add Apple Stickers – After reading the story aloud, we draw a picture of ourselves, and I give them some apple stickers to place on top of their drawing’s head to extend the book. Here’s a printable of the page I use:

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***Click Here to Download*** Ten Apples Up On Top Printable

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

4. Sing: Way Up High in the Apple Tree 

We usually sing this fun catchy song, “Way Up High In The Apple Tree”

Way up high in the apple tree.

5 little apples smiled at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could.

One fell off, mmmm-mmmm good.

(repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1)

 

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

5. Construction Paper Apple Tree - I have construction paper apple trees that we draw ourselves and/or our families underneath the tree.

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

6. Painted Apple Prints - Next, you can spruce up your trees with a fun apple painting! I cut apples in half and insert a fork into each apple as a handle. I use red, yellow, and green paint and they can print as many apples onto their tree as they’d like.

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

7. Apple Class Quiz - Having the children answer a question is a great way to get the conversation about apples started. My students answer a question as they come in each day of preschool. It’s a simple yes/no question, but it allows us to count the answers, discuss more/less, and check if our answer still applies after certain activities.

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8. Apple Taste Test - We discuss as a class that there are many different types of apples, and I bring out three for us to talk about the differences (granny smith, red delicious, and golden delicious). We talk about their sizes, colors, shape, and then we decide to taste them.I like these three apple varieties because their flavors and colors are so different.

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

We talk about the different flavors, which ones are sweet vs. sour, and which one they like the best.

9. Color Your Favorite Apple – After our taste test, we have the students color the apple that they liked the best. I use this apple template:

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***Click Here*** to Download Apple Template Printable

10. Apple Graph Chart - When all the students have finished coloring their apple, they tape it up in a graph so we can discuss what the entire class thinks.

Great Apple Activities for any preschool experience! Painting, taste-testing, graphing, book extensions and more!

Again, we work on counting, more, less, most, and least vocabulary.

Using these fun Apples Up on Top preschool activities, we are able to discuss many different math concepts, letter concepts, and extend great stories all within the apple theme.

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About Jonna

I’m a mom to four kids, two girls, two boys (ranging from toddler to teen), and a part-time preschool teacher. I love all the crazy chaos life has to offer with a big family, but also try to make sure to take some time out for my own hobbies: reading, crafting, baking, and dating my husband. I am always up for a new adventure and willing to try anything at least once. I am a die-hard organizer at heart with a life that will not fit into my nice little box, so I am always on the hunt for tips, tricks and strategies to help smooth out the bumps on our crazy ride!

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10 Apples Up on Top Preschool Activities — 16 Comments

  1. I just love when you can make a book into a whole day of learning. I just adore the painting activity. I think we might try that this weekend – I think my son would really enjoy it!

  2. I love Dr. Seuss books. I can remember learning to read with Are You My Mother? by Dr Seuss. These are great preschool activities the kids will love.

  3. These are great activities. I will have to pick up this Dr. Seuss book. I have almost all of them from when the kids were younger.

  4. Such a cute idea for kids! Never heard about this Dr. Seuss book but I’m sure my youngest daughter would love to read it and do some arts and crafts with the book.

  5. These are great ideas for this book! I would love to just do this one saturday with my littles at home, and then maybe visit an apple orchard!

  6. I think those are all wonderful ideas. Kids love crafts! My girls certainly have always loved doing these crafts in school.

  7. Such a great book for this time of year with preschoolers!This is a great collection of book based activities to go along with it!