It has been a long time since the older kiddos learned about apples. I can't believe how time has flown by so quickly. Can you believe Sunshine is preschool age now? It's now her turn to have her very own Apple Unit. She is beyond thrilled about it.
All of the activities in this unit are designed specifically for her. I still find it so shocking how different each one of my kiddos are, what they like, what they don't like, what their strengths are, and what their weaknesses are. It's such a fun adventure.
A is for Apple Tweezing Activity
Sunshine loves letters. They're her favorite things. She gets so excited about them. Needless to say, I am following her lead. We're spending a lot of time learning our letters and sounds.
For this activity, Sunshine will place the apples on the letter A using the tweezers provided. The task is more difficult than it looks. If apples are not placed correctly, they roll all over the place. Sunshine has become a bit frustrated at times while trying to use the tweezers. On those occasions, I let her use her fingers, as she's still practicing her pincer grasp.
The tweezers and apples came from Sunshine's Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie.
Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Apple Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Apple Themed First Letter Sounds
Usually when teaching letters and sounds, the teacher doesn't present letters that look alike at the same time. However, Sunshine is quite fascinated with letters that look alike at the moment. She loves turning them and creating new letters. For this reason, I'm using similar looking letters in this activity.
Sunshine will sort the pictures by first letter sound and place them under the correct Montessori Sandpaper Letter card. The words have been provided as a control. Cards could also be used for matching or in a nomenclature activity style.
All of the picture cards are apple related, specifically for this unit. We're having so much fun learning about all things apples.
Source: Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Apple Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
When it comes to math, Sunshine is not a fan of numbers, but does enjoy other math tasks, like patterns. She is quite good at them. In this activity she will complete the patterns using the picture cards provided.
Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of the Apple Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Greater Than/Less Than with Apples
Sunshine was just introduced to the concepts of greater than and less than. She finds them quite fasicnating. I couldn't resist adding this activity to her shelves.
Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Apple Unit Math Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.
Science & Culture
Parts of a Fruit
While matching up the 3 part cards presented in this activity, Sunshine will learn about the parts of a fruit, using an apple as an example. She has just recently started using 3 part cards and seems to be doing well with them. I'm hoping it continues.
Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at The Helpful Garden.
Life Cycle of an Apple
How does an apple grow? This is a classic activity, but for a child who's doing it for the first time it's magical. Sunshine will place individual cards correctly around the life cycle card, verbally telling the story of an apple as she goes.
Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at Montessori for Everyone.
Learning Seasons with an Apple Tree
Sunshine is trying to understand time, particularly the seasons and months of the year. Learning about apples provides the perfect way to help her remember her seasons. She will paint the tree cards provided, one for each season, using the Q-Tips and paint available. A photograph of an apple tree during each season has been provided as a control.
Source: Jason and I created the season card printable for this activity as part of the Apple Unit Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post. The free tree printable can be found at DLTK Growing Together.
Apple Lacing Card
I am such a huge fan of lacing cards, especially Melissa & Doug's Alphabet Lacing Cards. There seems to be a card for every theme imaginable, including an apple unit.
Sunshine will practice her lacing skills using the apple card provided. Sunshine struggles with this skill a little but, but she finds it very rewarding when she gets it rights
Weaving Apple Ribbon
The older kiddos have practiced weaving ribbon in the past, but I hadn't introduced it to Sunshine until now. To my surprise, she's better at it than any of her older siblings. She loves the process of moving the ribbon in and out, up and down. There's just something about it that's soothing for her. Yay Sunshine! I love our apple ribbon and closet shelf.
Apple Tong Transfer
Sunshine loves to use scissors to cut, but struggles with the fine motor skills to do it successfully. I'm hoping this activity will help her improve those skills. She will use the tongs provided to transfer the apples from the bowl to the paint tray.
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