Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ten Red Apples

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchens

Gathering Activity: Apple Pie Play Dough Exploration 

This play dough smells soooo good!  We used the recipe found here at The Picky Apple.
The children had fun exploring with the play dough and fall cookie cutters. 

Circle Time: Ten Red Apples

We open each week by singing “Here We Are Together”

We read Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchens.  This is a colorful rhyming book that counts down from ten apples to no apples as the farmer's animals each come and eat one of the apples.  In the end, they discover another tree filled with apples for the farmer's wife to use to make a pie.

While I read the story, the children took turns coming up with their moms and picking an apple off of our own apple tree.  Together we counted down with the story.


“Way up high in the apple tree, (point to the sky) 3 little apples smiled at me. (show three fingers)  I shook that tree as hard as I could, (pretend to shake the tree) down came an apple. (fall on the floor)  Mmmm, it was good.” (rub your tummy)

Art: Fingerprint Apple Tree

Materials Needed: construction paper, green paint, brown paint, glue, and red hots.

1-Use brown fingerpaint to create a tree trunk with thumprints.

2-Use green fingerpaint to create the leaves on the tree with thumbprints. 

3-Glue 10 red hot candies on the tree.  

Snack: Red Apples

We enjoyed red apple slices, of course!  We added three special dips: chocolate, peanut butter, and whipped topping.

Activity: Apple Hunt

We scattered paper apples outside on the ground and let the children hunt for them and place them in their basket.  

The idea was inspired by an idea found on Chasing the Goose.

Closing: Good-bye Poem  



What fun activities! I love the outdoor fun. I am starting a Linky Party if you want to link up at


Love your apples... and your associated activities. So much fun!


Thank you for your wonderful ideas. I get to do 'Nana' preschool this year for my 4 year old grandson and these ideas will help me a great deal. Nana

Coombe Mill - Fiona

I love the way you link the activities and the book. Great for making learning fun.


I love this whole unit! I especially love that you took it outside. The paintings are adorable, and the playdough sounds like it smells scrumptious! Thank you for linking up to The Sunday Showcase.

The Iowa Farmer's Wife

Such FUN activities! Love the apple hunt and the fingerplay rhyme! Featured your unit this week on The Sunday Showcase!

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