Unit on Apples
Key Words: This was supposed to be a unit on fruit, but I devolved somehow and just did five activities about apples. So one key word: apple (no flashcard, use the real thing)
Goal: The child will recognize an apple by sight.
Apples Wind Sock. This thing is so tough, it actually hangs fine just by itself–wind or not. We took Sticky foam strips and wrapped them around to embroidery hoops of the same size. We topped with a foam stem and a piece of green string. Charlie loved this thing so much, he promptly destroyed it.
Apple picking. There’s no actual apple picking this far south (that I know of), so I created our own apple tree out of sticky foam. Charlie caught on immediately and it was a pretty fun little activity. Afterward, we hung the sticky apples over his changing pad so he can continue to interact with them. Apple Sun Catcher. I used an embroidery hoop and cheese cloth dipped in sugar water to create this sun catcher. There are detailed instructions up at No Time for Flashcards if you’re interested. This was a good one for us because it was very hands on although as usual, Charlie found much of the activity very disgusting (sensory issues!)
Sensory Apple. An apple shape with many different textures applied. The purpose of this is to work on those aforementioned sensory issues. Full details over at No Time for Flashcards. Important thing to remember with stuff like this: if they have sensory issues, they will not like new sensations–take it slow and repeat often.
Fine Motor Apples. For this I used a “stencil” I created with card stock and a hole punch. We used this, isolated our pointer finger, and squished paint into all the little holes. Once dry, we had a bunch of little red circles that we turned into apples with the help of a green marker.
Books We Enjoyed
Let it Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. This is an adorable, rhythmic book about fall activities. I could even get Charlie to sit still for the entire thing. They go apple picking in the book, but you could use this with any fall-themed unit.
My MIL recommended Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington. It was a little too mature for Charlie (that means it didn’t rhyme), but it’s really cute and maybe your child has an attention span greater than that of a gnat!