I love apples and I love free printables even more! That’s why I am sharing some free apple printables for elementary students that you can use with your class or family!
With Summer coming to an end soon and kids going back to school Fall things begin to come to mind. Apple picking, hayrides, and visits to the pumpkin patch followed by warm apple cider. It’s just about apple picking time which means it’s time to bring out all those free apple printables you’ve collected over the years. I have pinned many to my Fall Ideas pinterest board but wanted to share my top 10 with you today.
Since my boys are 2 and 5 1/2 I will need a wide range of activities to keep their hands and minds engaged!
Aa is for Apple Tot & Preschool Pack from All our Days
A is for Apple Mommy School packet by Oopsey Daisy
Apple Preschool Pack from A teaching Mommy
Apples Memory Match Games from An Ordinary Mom
Lots of Preschool Apple Printables from Making Learning Fun
Apple Booklet from Spell Out Loud
Apple Tree Alphabet Sorting from Live Over C’s
Preschool Apple Theme Printable from Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Apple PreK & K Pack from This Reading Mama
Apple Do-a-Dot Printables from Gift of Curiosity
If those aren’t enough Fall fun for you then check out all of these Top 10 Fall and Apple posts from other Kid Bloggers:
Top 10 Play Recipes for Fall from Craftulate
Top 10 Fall STEM Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands
Top Ten Apple Cocktails from Our Good Life
Top 10 Books on Apples for Learning from Powerful Mothering
Top 10 Playful Apple Activities for Toddlers from School Time Snippets
Top 10 Apple Projects for Crochet Lovers from Words n Needles
Top 10 Science Ideas for Fall from P is for Preschooler
Top 10 Recipes for Apples from Nemcsok Farms
Top 10 Fine Motors Skills Apple Activities from Crafty Kids at Home
Top 10 Fall Sensory Activities from Play & Learn Everyday
Top 10 Fall Nature Crafts from Rhythms of Play
Top 10 Free Apple Printables from Something 2 Offer
Top 10 Ways to Learn and Play with Apples from Artsy Momma
Top 10 Arts & Crafts with Apples from Peakle Pie
Top 10 Prep for Autumn/Fall from Witty Hoots
Top 10 Apple Activities for Preschool from The Pleasantest Thing
Since our family was able to go to a small apple orchard and pick all the apples we wanted for free, it was time for me to learn how to make apple butter. I am totally new to canning besides seeing my mom can at times growing up. I have never really liked apple butter before. I like cinnamon and apples but not too much cinnamon. I left out the allspice and cloves that most Apple Butter recipes call for.
I pulled out my Moto X smartphone and googled how to make homemade apple butter. Yes, that is right. I was standing in front of my stove using the internet to do something “old-fashioned” like canning. (It kinda makes me laugh thinking about the irony.) I saw a few recipes to make it in the crockpot from homemade applesauce. I prepared my apples into applesauce then filled up my 6-Quart Slow Cooker
and set it on low. (My affiliate link is used as reference.)
I began cooking the apples down before really worrying about seasoning the mixture. I wrote down two different recipes for spice ingredients but went my own way making it less spicy and more apple flavored. So this might not be a “true apple butter” but I do not care as long as we like it and eat it. I will be giving this as part of Christmas this year (so sorry any family reading this for present spoilers!)
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of Nutmeg
1 Cup of Sugar (if needed)
6 quart of applesauce (before being cooked down)
I keep stirring my applesauce every hour or so because I feel like my 6-Quart Slow Cooker
might cook a little hot. I did not want it scorching or burning. I ended up putting the crockpot on the “keep warm” setting over night just to be on the safe side. During the day I had it on “low”. My applebutter cooked for more than 24 hours. I canned one batch the first evening around the 24 hour cooking mark. Then the second batch I canned in the am of the next day.
1. Counting– real or plastic apples. You can use number cards or just line them up and count them. (linked to my apple pinterest board with loads of apple fun!)
2. Sorting and Matching– by size, color, taste, etc. You can decide which attribute your child should work and create a fun activity to do it in. I found bulletin board strips from Dollar General that could easily be cut up for this. Each strip has 10 apples. You can number them or letter them or use shapes or words. Again create an activity with your child’s skill level in mind.
4. Transferring/Pouring- Plastic apples or red beads would work great for this. I have plastic apple beads from years ago that I bought at a small hometown bead/craft store. These would be great with a long-handled teaspoon or pouring from a pitcher.
5. Lacing- plastic apples, red wooden blocks, or red beads could all represent apples! Use lacing string or bamboo skewers with the ends dulled for this lacing activity. You could make apple-shaped lacing cards on heavy cardstock. Apple Jacks cereal would be fun to lace on yarn and eat!
6. Art- apples sliced and printed or apple-shaped sponges.
7. Fine Motor- created an a bare apple tree on paper. Then allow you child to place small pom-poms on the tree for apples. You can glue them, use magnetic pom-poms, or glass gems. Be SAFE and monitor your child with small objects and choking hazards!
8. Science- weighing apples, measuring circumference, or checking density by seeing if your apples sink or float could all be adapted for various ages of children.
8. Math- an apple graph of what you can do with apples or the different colors of apples would be a fun math activity.
9. Playdoh Mat– simple to print apple mats and making apple pie scented play-doh would be an added bonus.
10. Taste Test- go to an Apple Orchard or Farmer’s Market to get a variety of apples that are NOT usually in grocery stores OR try a variety of apple products such as:
apples in peanut butter or almond butter
apples dipped in chocolate
I got a little carried away pinning apple recipes-oops!
Photo Play Create Explore.com
A is for Apple– Preschool Unit
Science Printables from SnippetsbySarah.blogspot.com
Apples Preschool and Tot Pack by 2 Teaching Mommies
Letter Aa Printables from 1plus1plus1equals1.com
Apples Days and Months Printable from Owens Family