The Plan


Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Ducking for Apples by Lynne Barry
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: “Apple Roll”
Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(count down)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

Fingerplay: “Eat An Apple”
Eat an apple (bright right hand to mouth)
Save the core (close right hand in fist)
Plant the seeds (touch the ground)
And grow some more (extend arms up)
Credit: Best Kids Book Site

Fingerplay: “Way Up High In the Apple Tree”
Way up high in the apple tree,
I saw two apples looking at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples, and mmmm, they were good!
Credit: Childhood

Flannelboard: “Five Little Apples”
Five little apples hung in a tree
The farmer wasn’t looking.
So guess who came to eat?
A rabbit! Munch, munch, munch!
(Mouse, crow, turtle, bat)
Now the tree is bare
There are no more apples there
But when next fall comes around
Guess who’ll be there!
The rabbit, the mouse, the crow, the turtle, and the bat!
Credit: Storytime Secrets


I found this idea on Pinterest! I found up making my teen volunteers cut out the tissue paper apples, but this would be much easier if you had a die-cut machine.

How It Went

Friday afternoon
This was a requested storytime from a local daycare class (different from my three regular daycares); apples were their theme this week. The kids had a great time with all of the apple themed fun. Favorite book was probably “Apple Farmer Annie” — I heard a lot of choruses of “I eat applesauce!” “I eat apples!” “I eat apple pie!” during that one.

12 comments on “Apples!

  1. Catherine
    November 13, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Katie. I love the idea of the apple suncatcher and am thinking about adapting it for an ornament-shaped suncatcher craft for our holiday family storytime. Are the tissue paper apples stuck to contact paper or is the whole apple laminated? I linked back to the original idea on Pinterest but still didn’t find a lot more information. Any more direction would be appreciated.


    • Katie
      November 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      I wound up using contact paper because we had a lot of it on-hand and our laminator is in another room. But…I forgot how tough it can be to peel! I had pre-cut the contact paper to the right size the night before and then right before storytime, went and peeled it all. I wish I could have done double layers of contact paper, but most of the kids wound up covering every inch of sticky with an apple piece anyway.

  2. Krystle Martin
    April 2, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Katie my name is krystle i am a teacher at a child care center, i work with two year olds and perschoolers. I enjoy and love what i do, i just wanted to leave a comment i love your website, the curriculum ideas,the fingerplays, love your flannel stories. I am fan of flannel stories i have made my own lol I am always looking for new ideas. Thank you for sharing and i plan on implementing some of the ideas with my kids.


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