Fall Is Time to Celebrate Apples!

Fall is harvest time and apples of various varieties are abundant in the stores. Not only are they delicious to eat but they're useful in teaching about poetry, science, math, reading, and art. Here are some fun ideas with this favorite fruit:

                       Apple Seed Song of Thanks
Oooooh, life's been good to me
    And so I'm very glad.                   
 It has given me the things I need,
The sun and the rain and the apple seed.
                                            Oooooh, Life's been good to me!

Apple See Song of Thanks (religious version)

Oooooh, the Lord's been good to me
And so I thank the Lord.
For giving me the things I need,
The sun and the rain and the apple seed.
Oooooh, the Lord's been good to me!

Five Red Apples Poem (math -- counting down from 5-0)

Five red apples in a grocery store,
Bobby bought one, and then there were four.
Four red apples on an apple tree,
Susie ate one, and the there were three.
Three red apples, what did Alice do?
Why, she ate one, and then there were two.
Two red apples ripening in the sun.
Timmy ate one, and then there was one.
One red apple and now we are done.
      I ate the last one, and now there are none!

High Up in the Apple Tree Poem

High up in the apple tree, 2 little apples smiled at me (smile and twist fingers in dimples)
I shook the tree as hard as I could (shake arms vigorously)
Down fell the apples, yum they were good! (rub tummy)

I'm a Little Apple Song (tune: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little apple
Red and round (make circle with thumbs and index fingers).
Way up in the tree, I can be found (point upward)
When you're getting hungry -- ask for me
I'm delicious; you will see! (rub tummy)

Apple Prints (art)

Printing is a type of open-ended art that lets kids create something that's uniquely theirs instead of copying their teacher's sample. In apple printing, children make artistic decisions about placement, color, and design -- enhancing their decision-making skills and self-confidence.


green, yellow, and red tempera paint
white construction paper
plastic foam meat trays


1. Cut some apples in half vertically and some in half horizontally. Let the apples sit for an hour before the activity so they'll dry slightly. This enhances the clarity of the print.
2. Pour paints into the plastic foam meat trays.
3. Place cut apples into trays.
4. Have students take an apple from a tray and blot it on the newspaper to remove excess paint. Less is more!
5. Have them gently press the apple on the white paper to make a print.
6. Let them repeat as many times as they desire to make a pleasing piece of art. 

For more fun fall activities with your kids

Have a collection of books for the various seasons and holidays. Take them out when the time is right and put them on a shelf or in a basket so they're visible. Your children or grandchildren will get so excited to see old favorites making a re-appearance year after year.

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