My favorite new addition to my apples in PreK week this year is the apple orchard. I had seen several pretend play areas from other classrooms and decided I wanted to add some apple trees this year.
I used cardboard to create the tops of my apple trees, attaching them to the bottom of the bulletin board with a long strip of velcro to keep my students from pulling the tree tops down with the apples. I chose to have one tree for each color of apple. The apples are ball pit balls, which I purchased from Walmart because I waited until the last minute to put this together. You can find some on Amazon through the following affiliate link:
I put a small amount of velcro on each ball and the matching side on the tree top. I figure when I am ready to take down the tree tops I can put it all in storage for next year.
Our writing center is very popular this year. For the week we had some apple pre-writing from Confessions of a Homeschooler as well as name practice and practicing the letters we have focused upon so far this year.
Apple math in PreK involved lots of counting during the week. We used some roll and cover games from Recipe for Teaching. We also played Hi Ho Cherry-O and just pretended they were apples. You can find the updated game that actually has apples as well as cherries and blueberries at this affiliate Amazon link:
These apple orchard magnets were meant to be used with play dough, but I wanted something for my student to work on a vertical surface so I utilized them this way. You can find them at Life over C’s.
We also used linking cubes to build apple trees and our qtips to paint our letter focus of the week (M) as well as letters that go with the apple theme. The linking cube apple tree is from 123 Homeschool for Me and the qtip pages are from 1+1+1=1. The paint pallets were purchased long ago, so not sure where, but there are some on Amazon here (affiliate link):
I filled my sensory bin with green lentils, decorative apples, an apple shaped colander, an apple shaped ice tray, a couple cinnamon sticks, and some apples made from pipe cleaners that could be caught with magnet wands.
The science table involves a STEM building challenge to build an apple tree that will hold the most apples. Toward the end of the week some students decided to add to the challenge by making the tallest tree as well.
Our apple theme arts and crafts projects for PreK involved lots of paint.
For our apple core, students painted top and bottom with the apple color paint that they wanted. They added seeds to the middle with a marker.
The apple tree involved some cutting practice. I marked the brown paper with two lines to cut to make the trunk. This gave me a chance to assess cutting skills during this project. Then we used bath puffs to paint the green top of the tree. I had plenty of yellow and red circles for students to glue on to their apple trees.
I enjoy most the arty crafty projects that all look different from each other, so I am pleased with our apple trees this year.