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This is the final post in a series of apple-themed lessons and activities. I hope you’ve enjoyed them all so far, and want to share a few more ideas today as we wrap up.

Memory work:

We memorized Psalm 17:8 (NIV):

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.”

We learned this verse the first day, and said it often during our Apple Week. Be sure your child understands the meaning of this verse, and how very special she is in God’s eyes!

Craft:

Anything with paint goes over big at our house, and this craft was no exception. I simply gave Remi a paper plate and some red paint and let her go to town on it…

painting apple craft

…and then we added a letter “a” (from a template downloaded from Confessions of a Homeschooler) which I printed on white paper, to represent the apple’s flesh. We glued on some of the seeds we’d extracted from a real apple during snack time, and then I gave her some green and brown construction paper so she could make a stem and leaf. Apparently, she got them a little backwards…but how cute is that?

apple seed craft

Drawing:

With each theme we do, I have Remi draw a picture to add to her notebook. Here’s her rendition of an apple:

apple drawing

Dictation:

Next, I had my little one explain to me how to make an apple pie. As she dictated the instructions, I wrote them down on this printable from Homeschool Share. It was intended to be a mini-book that could be added to a lapbook, but I thought it was cute “as is” for her notebook, so we went with this:

Apple pie instructions

Do-a-dot:

I often throw in a do-a-dot activity with each theme, just for fun, such as this apple do-a-dot worksheet from DLTK:

A is for apple do-a-dot

Non-traditional coloring? Yes, please!

Be sure to check out the other apple posts in this series, and let me know if you used any of these ideas, or plan to.

Apple Science

Apple Bible Lesson

Apple Math

Apple Snacks

Apple Story Time

Well, that wraps up our apple theme.

Enjoy learning together!

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This week at Cheerful Learning Preschool we’ve been knee deep into learning about our great country in honor of our very special, very important Independence Day holiday. Don’t let anyone tell you that preschoolers can’t understand and remember all kinds of information about the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Liberty Bell, the White House, and many other famous landmarks and patriotic concepts.

Having said that, we never want to get so wrapped up in the facts that we forget to have some big fun doing those “just because” crafts and activities. Here are just a few of the things we did this week to celebrate and learn about the USA:

Mostly, we focused on recreating the American flag, starting with this adorable handprint version I found here.

handprint flag

We pressed her painted hand onto black construction paper (so the white would show up) and she used her finger, dipped in white paint, to create the “stars.”

handprint flag

We did some fun patterning activities for math with these fireworks pattern strips and cards. I downloaded them from here and printed on cardstock. We gave names to each type of firework so she could say the patterns out loud as she worked.

preschool patterns--fireworks

If your preschooler loves to use a paper punch as much as mine does, he’ll love making his own stars for a USA flag craft like the one below:

preschool USA flag

preschool USA flag

preschool USA flagDon’t you just love the finished product? Adorable! (This activity was very loosely based on this idea.)

We did tons of activities downloaded from this website, including shadow matching, find the difference, what comes next, matching, tracing and other pre-writing activities, and lots and lots of these fun puzzles:

USA puzzles for preschoolers

For movement, I printed off a whole set of fun little action cards like the ones below from here. (I printed several cute, patriotic songs while I was there, too,!)

4th of July action cards

In the end, though, it was right back to our Grand Old Flag. We still love do-a-dot marker activities, so had to add in this project. (I found it here.)

do-a-dot flag

do-a-dot flagWhatever you and your preschooler do to celebrate and learn about this important holiday, I hope that you….

Enjoy learning together!

While trying to come up with something quick and easy for my preschooler to try during a busy Easter weekend, I had the idea to do some “cottontail painting.” It was fun, encouraged her creativity, and strengthened her little hand muscles without her ever realizing it! Here’s all you need:

Paint, heavy paper, cotton balls, & a clothespin

Paint, heavy paper, cotton balls, & a clothes pin

Hand your little one a clothes pin and have her squeeze it open and closed to pick up a “tail.”

Then have her dip that bunny’s tail in the paint…

…and start designing her masterpiece. Remi chose to make a whole garden of spring flowers.

Just look at that concentration on her face!

I let her use a different “tail” for each color of paint…

…but also used the opportunity to teach her about color mixing. When I told her that yellow and red together make orange, she said, “Really? I am TOTALLY doing that!”

Here, the finished spring garden:

I hope you and your little one enjoy the fun (and easy set-up) of this Easter art project.

Enjoy learning together!