In honor of today being Johnny Appleseed’s birthday I decided to share some of my favorite educational apple activities.
Tell the children that there is a shape inside an apple. Ask them to predict the shape and write down their predictions. Cut an apple horizontally across the middle and show the star shape inside that holds the seeds.
Explain how an apple tree grows from seeds in the different types of apples. Children can create their own apple trees by coloring a picture of a tree (or drawing their own) and then dipping their index finger in red paint and placing “fingerprint apples” on the tree.
Have the children predict whether the same amount of seeds will be in each apple. Cut apart several more.
Cut an apple in half and do a lesson on half and whole.
Make apple prints by cutting some apples in half vertically and horizontally, dipping them in paint and pressing them onto paper.
Ask children to predict whether an apple will sink or float in a bowl of water (it should float).
Make applesauce for snack. Ingredients: 1/4 cup water, 4 apples peeled and cut in eighths, 1/4 cup sugar, a dash of cinnamon. Put water and 4 or 5 pieces of apple into a blender. Cover and process at blend until smooth. Increase speed and add remaining apple pieces a few at a time. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste.
Supply a collection of green, red, and yellow apples and have the students sort them by color and/or size. Create number sentences and use the apples as manipulatives to solve the problem.
Allow the children to taste several different kinds of apples including red, green, and yellow ones. Create a graph that shows their favorites.
Johnny Appleseed Goes a Planting by Patsy Jensen
The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki
Johnny Appleseed by Patricia Brennan Demuth and Michael Montgomery
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
I Am an Apple by Jean Marzollo
Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg
Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple by A.H. Benjamin
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy C. Maestro