Thursday, July 6, 2017


I will be adding my themes from my old website to my blog.

Theme Index
February Themes
Apple Theme
Fall Theme
Music Theme  

Misc. Links
Desert Blossom Learning Teachers Pay Teachers 
Find various theme ebooks on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Educator's Domain Learning Packs 

Apple Theme

Find resources for apples, apple books, apple printables, preschool apple theme, apple theme unit, apple ebooks, apple thematic unit, apple activities, apple songs, apple crafts, and more.

Apple eBooks
Desert Blossom Learning @ Teachers Pay Teachers

Science and Social Studies
Discuss various apples. Where do different apples grow?  What color are they? How do they taste? ...

Red Delicious at Widipedia Apple Journal - Photo Gallery
Vermont Apples Click on "Apple Varieties" on the top menu. History of different apples
Michigan Apples
New England Apple Varieties

Ten Apples Up On Top!
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
Ten Apples Up on Top! Board Book by Dr. Seuss

Ten Apples Up On Top!  Have the children count the apples as you read the story.
Place a large apple tree and have a child(ren) place ten red apples numbered 1-10 on it (or you can use blank apples or apple stickers).  Have the children  count as you place the apples on the tree and after all the apples are on the tree.

Apple Craft
Use the apple pattern at Preschool Express: Apple Patterns.  Cut the apple out of red paper.  Cut a green leaf.  Cut a brown stem and glue onto the back of the apple.  Make finger prints using your favorite color of paint. Hole punch a hole and hang using yarn.

Apple Tree Craft
Take a 9-inch paper plate.  Make a brown trunk (with a larger bottom).  Glue it onto the back of the paper plate.  (For older children (or homeschooling), have the children tear some brown construction paper for the trunk and glue it on a white trunk.)  Fingerprint with red, green, and/or yellow paint (or glue pieces of paper) onto the paper plate.  (If desired, you can number ten of the painted or glued on apples.)

Apple Tree
Author unknown
Way up in the apple tree
Two red apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmmm - were they good!

As you say this fingerplay, have the children place their hands above them (connecting their fingers together) to form a apple tree.
Show 2 fingers and smile.
Shake the tree.
Drop two rolled up red socks (parent/teacher at first and then have each child take turns).
Rub tummy (stomach).

Way Up High (In The Apple Tree) is on "Toddler Trio" or as a separate CD called "Silly Favorites".  The above fingerplay is a little different.  It also has other verses on the CD.
Click here to view the MP3 of Way Up High In The Apple Tree and other apple songs.

Ten Little Apples Book
Make an apple tree shaped book.
On the cover and the first page, write, "Ten (10) Little Apples".  On the left hand side of the book, number each page through the number "10".  Have the child paint the correct number of apples on each page.  (For older children, you can have them tear and glue the correct number of pieces of red construction paper onto the page.) In the inside, glue the words on the opposite side of the cover.

Ten Little Apples Song and Flannel Board Activity
Trace around a small round object using a pencil (or use a circle pattern).  Cut out ten apples using red (or green or yellow) felt.  Make a tree trunk using brown felt and the a large green piece (for the leaves) using green felt.
  Have the children place them on the flannel board as this song is sung or you can purchase some more detailed apples with the below apple flannel board stories / felt board stories.
Ten Little Apples
Copyright © 2000 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved.
Tune of: "Ten Little Indian Boys"

One little, two little, three little apples.
Four little, five little, six little apples.
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples.
Ten little apples on the tree.

Ten little, nine little, eight little apples.
Seven little, six little, five little apples.
Four little, three little, two little apples.
One little apple on the tree.

Ten Little Apple Seeds Book
Make an apple book called, "Ten (10) Little Apple Seeds".  On the cover and the first page, write, "10 Little Apple Seeds".  On the left hand side of the book, number each page through the number "10".  Have the child paint the correct number of seeds on each page.  (For older children, you can have them glue pieces of brown yarn or apple seeds.) In the inside, glue the words on the opposite side of the cover. 

Ten Little Apple Seeds
Copyright © 2000 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved.

Tune of: "Ten Little Indian Boys"
One little, two little, three little apple seeds.
Four little, five little, six little apple seeds.
Seven little, eight little, nine little apple seeds.
Ten little apple seeds there are.
Ten little, nine little, eight little apple seeds.
Seven little, six little, five little apple seeds.
Four little, three little, two little apples seeds.
One little apple seed.

Apple Math Activities and Apple Math Books
Apple Graphing
Have each child bring in his/her favorite type of apple.  On a large piece of paper, graph the type (or color) each child likes. Have the children count each type (or color) of apple.

Apple Toss
Roll up different colors of socks (red, green, and/or yellow).  Have the child toss the sock apples into a basket or box.  Have the child count as he/she throws it into the basket or box.  After the child is done throwing the socks, have he/she count how many landed into the basket or box.

Apple Number Game (File Folder)
1.   Trace 22 apple shape from a cookie cutter or an apple pattern onto paper, construction paper, or a blank index card.
2.   Cut them out.
3.   If you don't use red paper, use a red crayon to color the apple cards.  Color the stems brown.  On one set, make seeds using a brown crayon or colored pencil.
4.   Write the numbers (0, 1, 2,  ...) on one set of apples and draw the number of seeds on another set of apples.  (For the number "0", just leave it blank.)
5.   Laminate the cards and file folder (at least put some clear laminate paper where the tape will be placed).
6.   Place 6 pieces of double sided tape in the inside part of a file folder and 5 pieces of tape on the other side.
(If you want, you can make another file folder game (or more) for 11-20, 21-30, etc.)
7.   Place the cards in ascending order on the pieces of tape.
8.   Write the name of the game (and picture of an apple) on the flap.  (You can write the directions on the front of the file folder.)
9.   Tape an index card (you might need to cut it some) onto the right side of the opened folder (on the bottom right hand side).  Place the cards inside there.  
Another option: Hole punch two holes in the back of a small sealable bag.  Place a piece of yarn through it.  Tie off on the back of the file folder.  Place the apple cards into the bag on the right side of the opened folder (on the bottom right hand side).
10. Have the child match the correct card with the other card.

For older children, you can make another set of cards and write the number words on the apples.  Have the child match either the number (0, 1, 2, ...) or the number of seeds.


* I like using double sided tape because you can take them off and have the child put the numbers in the correct order on a table or floor.

Story Math: @ Bry-Back Manor Put __ apples on the tree.
5 Red Apples Felt Board Story @ Preschool Printables

Apple Crafts
Apple Stamping
Cut the apple across.  Dry off with a paper towel.  Take a paint brush and paint on the apple. Stamp your apple onto a piece of paper.  Let dry.

Apple Game
Apple Number Game
Take a cookie cutter or Preschool Express: Apple Patterns (reduce them some so you can get a lot on one page) and trace or copy 20 of them.  Color them red and the stem brown.  Number 10 of them, "1, 2, ... 10.  The other 10, draw 1 apple seed, 2 apple seeds, ... 10 apple seeds on them.  Laminate or place clear contact paper on them.  Have the child place them in order.  If they are older and/or understand the concept of matching the number with the number of seeds, have them do that too.
Note: You can make this a file folder game.

Apple Song
The Worm Went Through the Apple
Copyright © 2002 Barbara Pratt.  All rights reserved. Tune of: "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"
Have one child or adult be a worm and the other be an apple.  Have the worm go through the apple (between the legs).
The worm went  through the apple, the worm went through the apple.
The worm went through the apple, to see what he could see.
And all that he could see, and all that he could see
Was the other side of the apple, the other side of the apple
The other side of the apple, was all that he could see.

Other Songs
Autumn Day #247: LDS Church Music: Children's Songbook.

Hands-on Apple Activities & Apple Games
Apple Lacing
Use a small apple pattern (or make your own). Print it on red, green, or yellow construction paper.  Cut it out.  Laminate or place clear contact paper on it.  Hole punch some holes in it (like the worm is going through the edge of the apple).
Note:  Make a smaller one for beginner lacers or preschoolers.  

Connect the Dots: Apple Dot-to-dot (a-s)

Place in your "Aa" book.

Apple Books
Apple Picking Time by Michele B. Slawson Apples by Gail Gibbons Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro Johnny Appleseed by Steve Kellogg Johnny Appleseed: My Story (Step-Into-Into-Reading, Step 3 by David L. Harrison Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Spanish Apple Books
 La Huerta de Manzanas / The Apple Orchard (Una Visita a / A Visit to... series by Patricia J. Murphy Las Manzana del Sr. Peabody (Spanish Edition) by Madonna Vamos a Recoger Manzanas y Calabazas (Picking Apples and Pumpkins) by Amy Hutchings

Apple Cooking & Snacks
Make apple sauce.

Apple Boats
Cut an apple into fourths.  Cut out the cores.  Place a wooden toothpick in one side of the apple and then a large marshmallow on it.
Apple Smiles
Peel and core an apple.
Cut it into slices.
Place some caramel, melted chocolate chips, or peanut butter on it.
Have the children decorate it using raisins, chocolate chips, gum drops, etc. to make a happy apple.

Apple Volcanoes
Peanut butter/other type of nut butter, or caramel
Raisins, chocolate chips or other type of chip

Cut off the top of the apple. Using spoon, scoop out core of apple.  Fill the apple with butter/other type of nut butter, or caramel and top with raisins, chocolate chips or other type of chip.
If you want to eat this later, brush the apple edges with lemon juice to prevent browning and wrap in foil.

Apple Crisp, Canned Fruit Pies: Apple Pie, Apple Spice Cake & Applesauce Spice Cake, Cocoa Apple Cake, or Fruit Cookies

Apple Connect the Dots / Dot-to-Dots
Apple Dot-to-dot (a-s)

Coloring Pages  
Mom's Network Alphabet Coloring Pages: A (with a picture of an apple)

Apple Math
Dot-to-Dot: Basket of Apples by 5's 5-100 @ Kids Crafty

Apple Activities, Books, Games, Printables, and Recipes Apple Theme Unit Including shape books, coloring pages, worksheets, songs, and more.
Activity Idea Place: Apples Alphabet Soup: Apple Activities Johnny Appleseed, Art, Recipes, Songs and Fingerplays, Books, Story, Games (What is it?, Apple Relay, Printable Johnny Appleseed Crossword, Online Johnny Appleseed Crossword, and Apple Word Search), and Worksheets (Award, Lined Paper, Shape Writing Paper, and Book Cover)  
Apple Activities Apple Calendar Pieces Apple Theme @ Step by Step Apple Unit Books, recipes, and other ideas  
Apples and More Recipes  
Apple Pie Order at Education World  
Bry-Back Manor Activity Sheets Apple Baskets, Apple Patterns, Apple Seed Counting Book, Apple (tree) Dot To Dot, and Collect The Apples Game   
CanTeach: Apple Songs and Poems Search for Apples  
Michigan Apple Educational Kit Everything you need for an apple unit  
Mrs. Alphabet: Apple Poems, Songs, and Stories; also includes recipes and more Personal Educational Press - Ten Apples on Top! by Theo. LeSieg This site has flashcards, word lists, bingo, study sheet, quiz, match across, and word scramble. You need to use the pull down menu on the top to find the resources.  
Preschool Education: Apple Songs, Fingerplays, and Poems

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Children's Literature Resources

Activities, Books & Stories Online, and Worksheets
Beantime Stories Preschool through all ages
Beantime Stories @ Chateau Meddybemps Including parent and teachers guide to help children learn
Children's Literature - texts and illustrations 
Children Storybooks Online Books to Read, Sounds, Riddles, Maze, and Coloring Books
Children's Books Online: the Rosetta Project, Inc. 70 children's books published in the 19th and early 20th century.  Some include animal books, rhymes, games, and more - Read, search, and annotate classic literature Fiction, Non-fiction, Children, Poetry, Shakespeare, Short Stories, and Drama.
Eclectic Homeschool Online: Book List Blank Sheet (pdf) A blank sheet for the books your child reads, the author, and the date your child reads each book.
Kids' Corner Some stories you can read and others that are read to you.  Stories/Books read to you include: A Christmas Carol by  Charles Dickens, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Fairy Tales from The Brothers Grimm: King Grizzly Beard, Queen Bee, and Tom Thumb, The Frog Prince, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling: How the Leopard Got Its Spots, The Beginning of the Armadillos, The Crab That Played with the Sea E-Books Preview Books for different ages that you can read online or print to read offline. (You need to become a member to view these books but they only ask a few simple questions.)
Stories, Poems, Articles - by & for Kids - Outdoor Sports Web - KidzKorner
Sunshine Online - Bookclub: Reading Online Homework Sheets, Web & Learning Activities
The On-Line Books Page Books online for all ages of children and for adults in lots of subjects
The Amazing Adventure Series
The Weekly Reader Pre-kindergarten through High School

Activities and Lesson Plans
A to Z Teachers Stuff Children's Literature Activities Index - Indexed by Book Title (Note: The eduplace links are broken.)
Book Activities at K-10th Grade Literature-Based Lesson Plans and Resources

Book, Story Teller and Magazine Companies The Story Teller - Felt Educational Products for Kids, Teachers, Parents, and Homeschoolers| Felt Board Sets for Story boards, Dolls, Activity Books, Masks, Puppets, and Fingerplays, Preschool/K, Religious, Christmas, Farm Friends, Science, Math, & Social Studies
Fun Books Books, games and other materials to produce life-long learners
HarperCollins Children Books Books, Games (coloring pages, & activities), Links to lots of author & illustrator sites, and more
Scholastic Books

Children Literature Links including Book Lists
CanTeach: English Language Arts: Theme Book Lists
Children Literature Ring
CLWG: Children's Literature Web Guide Sites to authors, book lists, resources for storytellers, and more.
Houghton Mifflin Reading & Language Arts Center (Grades K through 8.)
Snickerdoodle for Kids Teacher Resources (Ages 3-8), Links, Storytelling, Coloring Pages, Songs, and More
Tippity Witchet's Most Amazing Book Lists Counting, Alphabet, Fall, Winter, Dinosaurs, Families, Foods, Friends, Growing Things, The Farm, and Interactive Books