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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!

Recently, I shared with you some ideas for Apple Math, as well as Apple Snacks and an Apple Bible Lesson. Today I have some fun activities to help you and your young child(ren) explore Apple Science.

I found a cute experiment on Education.com called Apple Slice Science. Remi loves doing science experiments—or, as she calls them, “science experiences”—and what’s better than an experiment you can eat? We started by making some fruit faces–one happy, one sad. (The original version used grapes and raisins, but we used some frozen berries instead.) Of course, the mouths were apple slices.

Apple slice science--apple faces

I gave Remi a bowl of lemon juice and a brush…

lemon juice for apple

…and let her brush lemon juice onto the happy smile only. Then, we let the faces sit for about 15 minutes.

Brush lemon on one apple

We probably should have waited a bit longer for an even more dramatic effect, but by this time our berries were thawed out and Remi was dying to eat those faces.

apple faces--after

To make it easier to see the difference, I put the “frown” and the “smile” together so Remi could see how each was affected.

apples with and without lemon juice

I explained that the “frown” turned brown because when we cut the slice, it allowed oxygen to come into contact with that part of the apple. The “smile,” on the other hand, was protected because the lemon juice stopped the browning process. I had her taste a plain slice and a lemon-brushed slice to show her that the lemon juice doesn’t really affect the taste…but she wasn’t buying it, and insisted the one that had been brushed tasted terrible. Oh, well. We ate the rest of the fruit and called it a day. 😉

Next up, we learned about the life cycle of an apple tree. (Please note that this post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure here.) We began by reading this book:


Then we closed the book and opened an apple, so we could look at the seeds for ourselves.

apple seeds

We counted the seeds and compared that to what the book said, and we also noted the star pattern that shows if you cut the apple just the right way. Of course, as she always does when we eat apples, Remi wanted me to twist the stem while saying the alphabet so we could see who she’s going to marry. (Did you do that as a child? Whatever letter the stem comes off on is supposed to be the first letter of your future spouse’s name. Brings back memories, huh?)

I liked How Do Apples Grow? because it gave lots of detailed information about the apple tree’s life cycle, but walked us through it in a way that she (and I) could easily understand. One of the facts that struck me was that it takes about 50 leaves to make enough sugar (using air, water, and sunlight) to feed one apple. (Isn’t that amazing?) I wasn’t sure whether my daughter would really grasp how many leaves that is, so I ducked into the kitchen and grabbed a box of toothpicks, and together we counted out 50 of them onto the table.

50 toothpicks representing 50 leaves

You could use cereal pieces, pennies, buttons, paper clips—anything you have 50 of on hand—to illustrate this point. Remi got the message, but then just wanted to play with the toothpicks and make them “rain.”

Next, we wanted to make something visual to represent the life cycle we’d learned about, so we created a craft I found on Making Learning Fun. She painted a paper plate green…

painting an apple tree

…and while it dried, we reviewed what God is doing to the apples and apple trees during each season (using the template from the link above.) She colored and cut them out while we talked, and then I mixed them up and asked her to glue them to her tree in the correct order.

apple tree life cycle

We glued on a trunk, hand cut from brown construction paper, and at supper that night she used it to tell her family what she’d learned—always a great review!

apple tree, showing life cycle

Finally, we spent some time talking about the different kinds of apples God makes for us. We looked at a chart (no longer available, but based on this site) to see some of the many varieties there are. (For that matter, you could take a field trip to a grocery store with a great produce department and see several for yourself!)

We looked at three different varieties to see the similarities and differences in size, shape, and color.

apple varieties

We checked to see if there was a difference in what they weigh, in this very scientific fashion:

weighing apples

Then, we did a little taste test to see which we liked best.

apple taste test

We also chose one variety (Granny Smith–Remi’s favorite) and used it to fill out this Observations Worksheet:

apple observations worksheet

If you have a very young child, you might want to have her do this worksheet. Plus, you can download a really cute cut-and-paste science worksheet called “Apple Parts” from this site.

I hope you enjoy these fun science activities with your little one. Be sure to check out the final two posts in this series, Ten Apples Up on Top and Apple Wrap-up, as well.

Enjoy learning together!

So far this week, I’ve shared some fun Apple Math ideas and Apple Snack ideas, and today I want to share an apple-related Bible lesson on the Trinity. (Please note that this post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure here.)

The concept of three Persons in one God can can be difficult to understand, even for adults. How in the world do you explain it to a young child?

The answer: Read them this book!

It’s the best book for children I’ve ever seen on this subject.

3 in 1: A Picture of God does a great job of explaining what tends to be a tricky concept for all of us, and the best part is that once you read it, you can go back and review the subject every time you cut open an apple! The skin, flesh, and core (together, ONE apple) will always remind your child (and you!) that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are ONE God serving different functions.

Of course, the moment we finished the book, we pulled out an apple and cut it in half to examine the different parts.

parts of apple

We reviewed the function of each part, and then I had her tell me how God is like an apple and how the different Persons of the Godhead function in our lives.

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Do you know of an effective way to explain the Godhead? Please share any you’ve used with success in the comments section below.

Update: You might also want to check out three more posts in this series: Apple Science, Ten Apples Up on Top, and Apple Wrap-up.

Enjoy learning together!

Fall is a great time for apple projects, and this week I’ll be bringing you lots of apple-related ideas, starting with some fun apple math activities today. Depending on the age of your child, these may either be challenging, or used as just-for-fun activities to go along with your apple theme and give your child something constructive to do while you cook dinner. 😉

(Please note that this post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure here.)

Apple Measuring

We started with a fun, non-standard measuring activity where Remi used little apple squares to measure the height of various apple trees. I had her stack them next to each tree to measure, and then use that convenient, big empty space on the right side to write in her answer for each one.

apple measuring, non-standard

(I found the printables for this activity at A Teaching Mommy.)

Apple fingerprint math

Because we seem to have to find a way to introduce paint into everything we do—even math!—we also did this cute fingerprint activity. First, we read the book, Johnny Appleseed. Then, Remi dipped her finger in red (and sometimes green) paint and added enough “apples” to match the number in each box.

apple thumbprint math

My intention was to have her go back, once they were dry, and use a  marker to add little stems and/or leaves…..so they’d actually look like apples, and not just fingerprints…..but as you can see below, that never happened. By the time the prints dried, we were already on to other things!

apple thumbprint math 2

(The printout for this came from Fun Handprint Art.)

Apple roll-n-stamp math

Next, because do-a-dot markers make everything more fun, we got one of ours out and used it for a roll-n-stamp activity.

apple math, roll-n-stamp

I enjoyed watching Remi’s concentration as she carefully counted the pips on the die after each roll.

apple math, roll-n-stamp 2

Then, she stamped that many apples on her tree. (I got this printable from A Teaching Mommy, too.)

Apple pickin’ math

My daughter happens to love the game, Hi Ho! Cherry-O. I know this because she asks to play it ALL the time. And while I know the playing pieces are supposed to be cherries, they look an awful lot like tiny apples, to me…..or at least they do when you’re doing an apple unit! Oh, come on. You can see it if you just squint…..

To use them, I downloaded a lapbook pack from Homeschool Share which included the printable below, but I used it a little differently. I believe it was intended to be a mini book, and the instructions were printed at the top of each page for drawing in a certain number of apples. However, it only went up to the number six, and even though this was just for fun, I wanted it to be more challenging, So, I wrote in different numerals (up to 15, so I’d have enough “apples”) in red crayon in a random order on each page, and Remi had to “pick” that many cherries apples 😉 from her game-piece stash and add them to the tree.

apple picking math

Want more apple activities? Here are some that would be fun for younger children (toddler & preschool age):

Apple pickin’ match is a fun one Remi did previously. We love cut-and-paste activities!

Counting with a Playdoh mat also exercises little hands to prepare for writing.

You could come up with lots of apple-counting activities using these apple pony bead sorting mats.

And when you work up an appetite doing all that math, be sure to check out this post on Cheerful Learning for lots of fun apple-themed snacks!

Update: Also check out my posts on Apple Science, story time with Ten Apples Up on Top, and an Apple Bible Lesson, and find even more apple-related activities in our Apple Wrap-up.

Enjoy learning together,