For the Love of Apples
Apple season is still here, which means that it’s the perfect time to use this popular fruit as inspiration within sessions. When you bring in apples, it will open up the door to talking about life experiences with them. Kids can share going apple picking, what their favorite apple may be, and craft with the. Check in to see what students know about apples before starting anything within a group.
Books About Apples
You never know what kids may or may not know about apples. Books are a great way to connect them to more learning. After reading books, you may want to do taste testing, apple art, or an activity to work on fine motor skills. Each book will give you ideas that may work well for the needs of students who you work with.
Books that use apples within them include:
- Apples by Gail Gibbons
- Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum
- How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
- The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
- Up Up Up! It’s Apple Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro
- The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara
- Apples by Jacqueline Farmer
- Apple Cider Making Days by Ann Purmell
- Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
Use these books and the background of the children who you work with to inspire some apple themed sessions.
Activities with Ten Apples
Read the book Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg to your group. While this book gives a wonderful opportunity to focus on counting to ten, that’s not the way you will be using it. Here are two ideas for different session goals using this story.
For students working on speech and language goals, an art project which can be taken home for practice is an idea. Cut out apple shapes in several different colors. Allow each child to pick ten apples to use and put them on the side to star. They will be making their own Ten Apples Up on Top to go. Give everyone a large piece of construction paper to draw themselves on the bottom. They need to leave room to stack apples on top. Put keywords that you are working with on the apples and place them on top. Include translations on the back of the paper. This will help with practice for bilingual families.
If you are working on fine motor skills or social skills, the Apple Squeeze Ball Activity for Fall from Little Bins for Little Hands is a fantastic option. To do this, you will make apple sensory balls ahead of time. Supplies needed are red and green balloons, play sand, a small funnel, and a spoon. The directions on the post are easy to follow and then you can get started after reading the book. Have kids take turns working as teams to see who can stack their apples up the highest. For older kids, you may want to have a timer to keep the best times for each group.
Explore different ways to use this book and others for your own group needs. The sky is the limit, and Pinterest is a great place for therapists to get some inspiration.
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