Fall makes me think of colorful leaves crunching beneath my feet and crisp, juicy apples.
I must not be alone because activities with apples can be found in almost every preschool and elementary school classroom at the start of the school year.
Whether you are looking for something to do in a classroom or just a fun fall activity for the kids at home, this collection of the best apple activities for kids is sure to inspire you this fall.
These activities would be perfect to go with an apple unit in the classroom or homeschool. They’d also be a fun addition if you are looking for farm unit ideas.
Or, use some to help celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday on September 26.
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Apple Activities for Kids
There are so many awesome apple-themed activities to experience this fall.
I’ve grouped all the activities into sub groups below to help you find the perfect activity for your kids.
Apple Math Activities
Apple-Themed Skip Counting — Recycle plastic lids into the perfect math manipulatives for an apple unit. Then use them to work on skip counting skills.
Apple Sorting — Sorting is an important skill for little ones to master. This apple activity for toddlers and preschoolers is a fun way to work on sorting this fall.
Pom-Pom Apple Math Activities — Pom-poms are perfect for working on sorting, counting, working on patterns, and so much more.
Fine Motor One-to-One Correspondence — This free printable is perfect for working on counting with toddlers and preschoolers.
Apple Bowling and Counting Game— Get your child up and moving with this fun counting activity.
Addition Apple Math File Folder Game— This file folder game is perfect for a math center in the classroom or to use in your homeschool.
Roll & Color Apple Worksheet — Kids love to roll dice. This fun activity will have kids recognizing shapes and following directions.
Measure an Apple’s Circumference — Kids will have fun estimating the circumference of different apples and then work on measuring skills to see how close their estimate was. Which delicious apple will be the biggest?
Apple Graphing — There are so many fun things you could graph about apples. This free printable pairs perfectly with a fun fall-themed book.
Telling Time with Apples— Make working on telling time more fun with this apple printable!
Greater Than/Less Than Apple Tree Math— This could be called part craft and part math activity. It would be fun in a math center.
Fractions with Apples — Elementary kids will have fun working on fraction skills using these printable apple worksheets.
Apple Science Activities
Browning Apple Experiment — What liquids can keep a cut apple from browning? Kids will have fun making a hypothesis and testing their ideas in this experiment.
Apple Volcanoes — Kids love to make things explode and bubble! This is a fun take on a classic kids science activity.
Bubbling Apples — This one would be fun to do as a preschool apple unit activity.
Make Apple Seeds Jump— Can you make apples seeds jump and dance? Find out how in this simple preschool science activity.
Growing Germs — Here’s a fun experiment to show just how germy our hands really can be. What germs will your apple grow?
Crystal Apples— This one is part science and part art — making it a fun apple STEAM project for kids.
Apple Reading Activities
Apple-Themed Sight Word/CVC Word Game— Your child will love this scavenger hunt and reading the words on the apples they collect.
Bottle Cap Word Sort–– Bottle caps make fun (and inexpensive) manipulatives for this hands-on learning activity. Kids will take turns sorting the “apples” into the correct basket according to the letter combinations each word starts with.
Apple Themed Word Bump— If you aren’t familiar with how to play word bump, then you are missing out! Check out this free printable and fun way to work on spelling and sight words.
Apple Sight Word Game— Read the word on the apple, then flip it over to see how many points you earn. How many points can your child get in 1 minute? Challenge them to beat their score the next time. So much fun!
Apple Picking Word Game— Read the word on the paper apple and then you get to “pick it” from the tree. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten.
Apple Emergent Reader— Preschoolers and kindergartners will love coloring their very own reader.
Fun Apple Books
Apples by Gail Gibbons — Learn all about this fantastic fruit and how people use it in this brightly-illustrated picture book.
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway — What happens when an apple becomes friends with a worm? Poor Mac the apple gets called names, but learns to stand up to the bullies when he decides he’d rather be a “rotten apple” with his friend than a lonely apple.
Ten Apples up on Top! by Dr. Seuss — Just how many apples can you balance on your head? Kids of all ages will find themselves laughing at this classic book.
Curious George Apple Harvest by H.A. Rey — As usual, George’s curiosity gets the best of him in this fun book. Will George be able to collect all the apple cider and stop the machine, or will he find himself in a sticky situation?
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro — Have you ever eaten part of a flower? You have if you have eaten an apple! Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit–ready for you to pick!
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg — Find out all about one of America’s legends in this colorful and beautifully illustrated book.
Apple Sensory Activities
Apple-Scented Bubble Dough — Find out how 2 simple ingredients can make the most amazing, super soft playdough you’ve ever seen. Plus, it smells great!
Apple-Scented Cloud Dough— Here’s another fun, and super simple homemade playdough that smells like apples.
Apple-Scented Water Beads— Water beads are fun to squish and play with. Find out how you can make them scented for fall.
Apple Tasting— When it comes to apple sensory activities, don’t forget the easiest and most delicious one!
Apple Sensory Bin— This brightly colored sensory bin will inspire you to create your very own.
Apple Stamping Craft— Make art with apples! This is a classic apple craft for toddlers and preschoolers.
Apple Suncatcher— Sun catchers are always a fun craft for kids. This one looks so pretty in the window.
Torn Paper Craft— Ripping paper is a fun way for kids to strengthen hand muscles. Use those torn bits to make this fun apple craft for preschoolers.
Tissue Paper Apple— Here’s another fun way to use torn paper for a kids craft.
Sew a Paper Apple— Work on early sewing skills with this simple paper craft.
Cereal Apple Tree— Check out how your child can use their favorite cereal to make this apple tree craft.
Pine Cone Apple— This is the most adorable kindergarten apple craft! It’s one the kids will be proud of.
Felt Apple Pie— Kids will have so much fun building their own apple pies using this DIY pretend play kit using felt.
Apple Cars — These adorable cars made from apple slices are perfect for kids to build and eat.
Homemade Applesauce— Making applesauce with the kids is an easy and fun way to enjoy this tasty fruit.
Homemade Apple Pie— No apple unit is complete without making apple pie.
Crunchy Apple Chips— Make healthy and delicious apple chips with the kids to munch on while reading some of your favorite books.
These apple activities for kids are perfect for creating your own apple unit this fall.
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Originally published August 5, 2016.