How to Introduce an Apple Theme

Apples! One of the most ubiquitous and simple of preschool themes, it’s such a fun topic to cover with children at the beginning of the school year. Familiar, yummy and fun, apples are one of the best ‘ease into’ school themes that exists. Here are some amazing apple-themed activities from around the web for you to use in your class or homeschool!

Don’t you love this fun display for an Apples theme? Most of the printable resources in these photos are from the Hands-On Kids Activities Club.  Check out the links below for some other sources of Apple themed printables.

Learn about the parts of an apple, different types of apples, and the life cycle of an apple.

Life Cycle of an Apple | Welcome to Mommyhood
This is our favorite free printable for the life cycle of an apple!

Apples Preschool Theme | Welcome to Mommyhood
Check out this great collection of resources for your Apples unit… from printables to books to hands-on activities!

Learning About Apples | Mama’s Happy Hive  Here you’ll find a veritable bushel of apple related activities to do with your child- including a letter mystery bag and a lovely felt apple tree life cycle!

The apple themed shadow matching cards below are from the Apples Preschool Pack by Trillium Montessori (Available in the Hands-On Kids Activities Club)

Apple Language Activities

Any theme is a great opportunity to pull out a movable alphabet and make lists of words!

Apple Tree ABC Match | I Heart Crafty Things  Cute crafty projects that teach important letter recognition skills? Yes please! This is SUCH a fun activity to help children learn to associate lower and uppercase letters!

Apple Literacy Activities for Kindergarten | Welcome to Mommyhood
This is a fun Apple theme CVC activity for your kinders!


Apple Picking Rhyming Matchups | Preschool Activities Nook  This activity features apple baskets and apples with rhyming words to be matched. Fill the baskets with their corresponding apple until all the baskets are full! This simple game is perfect for young children working on their rhyming skills and CVC decoding.


Apple Math Activities

Apple Counting Cards | Trillium Montessori
The apple counting cards pictured above are from the Apples Preschool Pack.  (If you are a HOKA member, this is included with your membership in the September bundle!)

Apple Tree Clothespin Counting | Fun Learning For Kids. This apple tree clip counting activity is so fun and a really nice variation on the standard clip cards so often available. Counting and associating quantity with the numeral is such an important mathematical skill and this is a wonderful way to reinforce that skill.

These fantastic Apple cards from Welcome to Mommyhood are included in the HOKA club.

Apple Measuring | Stepping Stones Childcare.  There are a couple apple related activities here but the apple measuring is the most unique. Children will love using apples to measure their classmate’s heights- and it can lead into excellent practice with estimation and recording answers!



Apple Fine Motor Activities

Apple Picking Fine Motor Activity | The Resourceful Mama. This tonging and sorting apple work is one of the cutest fine motor works we’ve seen- and it includes colour sorting also!

We also love this simple apple tree hanging activity for little hands!

Apple Craft Activities

Apple Stamping Tree | The Idea Room  Is there a more classic apple craft than apple stamping? You’d be hard pressed to think of one- there’s a reason teachers and students love this project and have for as long as we can remember.

We have always loved “gluing on a dot” as one of our first introductions to gluing skills.  This is a fun “apple star” variation of this beginning gluing activity!



Apple Sensory and Dramatic Play

30+ Apples Sensory Tubs | Living Montessori Now. There are so many wonderful apple sensory bin ideas in this roundup that it would be a challenge to choose between them. Or you could try one for every day of the apple season!

Isn’t this a delightful dramatic play setup from Pre-K Pages?


Apple Gross Motor Fun

Gross Motor Indoor Apple Picking | Hands On As We Grow.  This easy to set up indoor apple picking activity is sheer genius and the perfect thing to occupy little ones indoors when getting out to pick apples from an orchard isn’t an option.

Apple Science/STEM Activities

Cut up an apple and learn the correct vocabulary for all the internal parts of an apple.



Apple Science Experiment | Pre-K Pages. This simple experiment to see how different liquids affect apples is the perfect introduction to the scientific method for young children.

We love this Apples poster created by I Believe in Montessori! (Available in the Bonus section of the Hands-On Kids Activities Club)

More Resources for a Preschool Apple Theme

Apple Orchard Visit  | Caitie’s Classroom.  This quick and sweet video tour of an apple orchard is sure to inspire children to want to visit their local orchard.


What a fun and simple color sorting activity from Pocket of Preschool!


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