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Preschool Apple Theme

Crafting a preschool apple theme for your homeschooler? These activities, crafts, and printables come together to make a well-rounded unit for toddlers and kids ages 2-5. Get hands-on with science studies and books about how apples grow, and have fun with easy, low-prep apple crafts. Your child is sure to love it!

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An apple theme is a great way to kick off a new year, whether you homeschool or teach at a preschool or daycare. It’s loved by teachers, parents, and kids alike, and is great for the Fall, when apples as a-plenty, and baking is a must.

For those of you that don’t know me, I own a curriculum brand called Cultivate Curiosity. I share unit studies for the early years and guide parents as they begin their journey into homeschooling.

The apple unit was the very first unit I ever published! In fact, it wasn’t even under the name “Cultivate Curiosity” yet. It was sold right here, on this website. It was a hit from the beginning, hence the decision to branch off and make things official.

Over the years, I’ll publish updates to each unit, which will always be available to those that have previously purchased it. What I’ll say is this: the Apple unit is a great starter theme for toddlers and preschoolers. My son was 3.5 when we did this, and he was at the perfect spot developmentally. It could be introduced earlier, or later, depending on your child’s needs.

My point is, it’s one of the simpler units I”ve created. It’s the first unit of Year 1 of my preschool program.

Purchase our Apple Unit HERE

Use code APPLE25 for 25% off

Join the Cultivate Curiosity Homeschool Community on Facebook. There are free resources available, and it’s the perfect way to connect with other homeschool families!

Apple Unit for Preschoolers

Apple Books for Preschoolers

Apple Books

While putting together the list of apple books to add to our unit shelf, I knew I wanted a nice blend of topics. I wanted a few books that explained how apple trees grow as well as the anatomy of an apple. I also wanted books that hit social-emotional issues.

That’s usually how I craft any unit book list, but I know with the apple unit, I really hit the nail on the head!

Some books I highly recommend for toddlers & preschoolers learning about apples:

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DIY Apple Pie Moon Sand

DIY Apple Pie Moon Sand Sensory Bin

Make your own apple-themed sensory bin by making apple pie scented moon sand with just a few household ingredients!

You’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Baby oil
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Spoons/scoops/baking tools
  • Small sensory bin

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Apple Playdough Invitation to Play

Apple Invitation to Play Play Dough

Invitations to play are one of our favorite things to add to each unit. They usually involve playdough, but not always. It’s easy to make a different tray for each theme with just a few craft materials and a little creativity.

For the apple unit, simply create an apple using red or green playdough, a small stick, a leaf, and some black beans. Give the same materials to your preschooler and let them freely explore. They might create another apple, or they might get creative and make something completely new. Either way, it’s a great way to work on fine motor skills, artistic expression, and language development.

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Wash the Apples Sensory Bin

Wash the Apples Sensory Bin | Modern Homestead Mama

A bin with soapy water, a scrub, and some apples is all you need for this simple and fun sensory bin! This is definitely better outdoors, but at the time we didn’t have a safe setup for their ages. It’s a great way to kick off your unit.

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Anatomy of an Apple Worksheet + Activity

Anatomy of an Apple

This is a fun way to introduce your preschooler to the world of science. What better way to explore an apple than to deconstruct it and talk about the different parts together. Use this as an opportunity to talk about the different components and the texture, taste, sound, etc.

it also gives your child a chance to work on their gluing skills and letter recognition. They won’t be able to read the words, but you can talk about what each word starts with.

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Purchase the Apple Anatomy Worksheet Set HERE

Paper Plate Apple Craft

Paper Plate Apple Craft

This apple craft is a fun way to work on fine motor skills and gluing. Have your child rip up pieces of red construction paper and glue them to a paper plate. Add a stem and a leaf and voila! You’ve made an adorable and easy craft that you can hang up for the rest of your unit.

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More Apple Crafts for Preschoolers

Apple Pinch Pots

Some other apple crafts for preschoolers:

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Apple Snacks for Kids

Monster Apples

Make some cute apple-themed snacks for your kids during your apple theme.

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Apple Recipes to make with your Preschooler

Apple Fritter Bread

There are a ton of delicious apple recipes to make with or for your kids. These make a great addition to your unit, since you can work on math together while baking, and you’ll have a bunch of leftover apples when the unit is over.

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More Preschool Apple Activities

Apple Number Matching Game

Some other apple activities for preschoolers:

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Remember you can purchase our entire Apple Unit Study from the Cultivate Curiosity website, and enjoy 25% off using code APPLE25! I hope your little ones enjoy our resources and hands-on approach to learning.

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