Printable Apple Activities for Preschoolers

It’s been a great summer, and while it’s not quite over, I am already thinking about the fall.

And apples!

This Apple Activities pack contains printable activities that practice the following skills:

– Visual discrimination
– Following directions
– Upper and lowercase letter recognition
– Pre-writing/visual perception
– Pre-reading/comprehension
– Number recognition
– Classification
– Counting
– Number sequencing
– Ordinal concepts

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:

COUNTING APPLES BOOK (1-10)

Children will cut out the pages of this book and have teachers/adults staple them together. Students can count and write the number of apples on each tree, and then color the pictures. Be sure to keep this activity developmentally appropriate. Some children may need help with cutting and may need you to write the numbers for them. Others may want to count and write their numbers before putting their own pages in numerical order.

ALPHABET CLIP CARDS (A-Z)

Print these cards out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Supply your little learners with clothespins and encourage them to clip each letter’s lowercase partner.

NUMBER SEQUENCING STICKS (1-12)

Print these cards out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Prompt children to place the cards in numerical order. You may also wish to present different groups of cards (e.g., 4,5,_,7,8) and have your preschoolers determine which number is missing. The cards are also a fun way to teach ordinal concepts (first, second, third, etc.).

Gluing the cards onto jumbo craft sticks makes this activity extra fun for little hands.

VISUAL DISCRIMINATION AND SIZE SORTING WORKSHEETS

With these cute worksheets, kids will find the matching letters and color those apples the same color. They will also sort apples by coloring the large ones red, the medium green, and the small yellow. Make it a point to discuss other words for large and small.

What a fun way to start the new school year!

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Fishy Friends Felt Board Activity

This fish match up game is a quick and easy way to teach colors and provide visual discrimination practice. It can be used as an independent table top exercise, or as a small group activity. In addition, it makes a fun and interactive circle time activity. Pass the fish pairs out, then go around the circle and ask each child to find their fish’s friend. Next direct the children to place their fish pairs side by side on the flannel board. Another alternative is to have the teacher place a fish on the board, and then have the child with the matching fish come up and complete the pair.

Materials Used:

– Felt board
Felt
Tacky glue
Scissors
Glitter Glue
Googly Eyes
Sequins
Our fish template


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Graphing With Jellybeans

Not only is graphing with jellybeans a yummy way to spend some time, it’s also educational; there are so many learning concepts packed into this small activity. Obviously, the main is graphing. But graphing is just the umbrella that covers several mighty and oh-so important math principles. In this particular instance, the children must rely on their color knowlegde to sort and classify the jellybeans. After placing the candy on their graphs, they will use their counting skills (one-to-one correspondence) to count and match the number of beans, in a row, to its corresponding number below.

Hello, number recognition!

Graphing also incorporates the concept of more/less/same. Ask your preschooler/s questions like, “Do you have more red jellybeans or more purple jellybeans – or are they the same?” Children often struggle with the definition of the word ‘less’, so it’s best to emphasize that, “Less means not as many.”

Just a note to add: Many of my fellow teachers ask me about my policy with eating the candy. My own rule is that after the activity is completed, the child may choose ONE special jellybean to enjoy. The rest are bagged up and labeled (by my assistant) and placed in the parent box to take home.

Download the Jellybean Graphing printable here.

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Patterning With Pattern Caps

Over the last 5 years, I have opened more squeeze pouch drinks for little ones than I care to remember. One afternoon, after lunch, I looked over at a colorful pile of caps sitting next to my classroom sink. There were 6 just from that day alone! I washed that pile and threw it into a jar. Before I knew it the jar was overflowing, so I raced to put them to use. Behold one of my favorite learning components:

These cute, little, bright things are no longer just pouch tops. They are now Number Bingo markers, graphing devices, one-to-one correspondence utensils, sorting and counting tools..the list goes on and on. I decided to place a container in my math center and label it “pattern caps”.

The pattern caps are one of the most sought after items in the classroom. I don’t know exactly why they are so popular, but I am wondering if it is because the children know where they came from; the tops are familiar to them.

The caps are easy to grasp and place, and they are large and bold enough to aid the child in distinguishing what is a pattern and what is not a pattern. Here they are being used with one of our Pattern Practice worksheets.

Needless to say, these squeezie caps have turned into an educational math manipulative. So next time you are asked to open a pouch, think twice before tossing the top.

Download our free AB Pattern Practice worksheet here.

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Valentine Sensory Bin

There is really nothing quite like a container full of bright, sparkly goodness just waiting to be explored. My children could not wait to dive deep into all things Valentine!

Because there are many schools and parents that do not believe in “playing with your food” (using food as learning materials), I worked to find a sensory bin base that was not a food product. I had recently purchased a Beta fish for my classroom and was carousing the fish supply section on Amazon when, all of of a sudden, I spotted aquarium gravel. As I quickly scanned all the bags of fantastic colors and combinations, well, my head exploded!

MATERIAL USED:

– Any suitable container
– Aquarium pellets
– Pom Poms
– Heart and XO sequins
– Different colored bottle caps
– Small jewels and gems
– 3D hearts
– Animal print scrapbook hearts
– Heart buttons
– Small chunks of garland
– Pink yarn
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Shovels
– Funnel
– Spatula
– Tweezers
– Cups

Not only do sensory bins strengthen the senses, they hold many learning opportunities. Children use their fine motor skills as they scoop, sift, pour, and examine its contents. They develop and cultivate social emotional skills as they play and work together; taking turns with items, and sharing ideas of what to do with them. In the way of math, preschoolers sort and count the many objects. Shape and color knowledge is also gained.


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