Toddler Lesson: Apples

 

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Fall is just around the corner.  You know what that means? Apples, apples, and more apples! Can’t believe it’s already that time of year. 

Last fall, I was very much into the homeschooling “thing”. This year, my now 3-year old will be attending preschool four days a week for 2 1/2 hours a day! Wow, that a difference, huh? I went from planning lessons and organizing playgroups to having time to myself. Praying for a cleaner and more organized house this year 😉

Here’s some of the highlights from our apple-themed lesson plan.

Apple-themed toddler lesson plan

It was an apple-packed lesson plan! We sorted apples and made apple VOLCANOS too:)  We used this Apple Felt activity my son and I created.

ten red apples felt board activity making

It ended with all the kids snacking on some apple sauce, freeze-dried apples, and sipping on some apple cider. 

if we only had apple cider donuts to add to the mix…

Ten Red Apples Felt Board Activity Prep

For my toddler homeschooling lesson this fall, I organized an activity that encourages participation!

Turn your lesson prep into a FUN time with your kids:) That’s what we did.

Ten Red Apples

After checking out some books from our local library, I selected Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (ISBN: 0688167977) for our apple-themed felt board activity.

Preparation

Kai, my two-year old son, and I had a blast making the cute cut-outs for the hand-me-down felt board I inherited from my husband’s Aunt Linda. She used to teach pre-school, and she passed along all of her material to me. I’m so blessed and thankful for all of the resources! Thank you.

Here are some pictures from our activity.

I searched for clipart images of all of the animals in the book, from a horse to a donkey to a hen and a duck! Then, I printed them out on regular paper. I also printed out a large tree and some apples and the farmers.

Afterwards, I used Mod Podge Original 16-Ounce Glue, Gloss Finish Party Supplies, 16 Oz, 12 Pieces with some paint brushes to stick them on thick paper (cardstock).

I asked Kai to help me paint over the images I printed out. Definitely don’t be shy with the glue. I painted underneath the images and then Kai took over! After there was a nice coat over the images, we lay them out to dry for a few hours.

Then we started cutting them out. I used a hot glue gun and glued felt on the back of the images. To stick the apples on the tree, I used mounting putty, so they could easily be removed from the tree as we counted down from 10 to 0.

The Activity

For the actual felt board activity during the day of the lesson, I asked a parent volunteer to read the book as I assisted with the images. It was a semi-success. Some kids were very focused while others were not.

You win some and lose some.

We had so much fun with the whole process though:) and hope you enjoy!