BOOKS:

Dodd, Lynley.  The Apple Tree.  Illustrated by author.  Gareth Stevens, 1985.
    Two children spend the year anticipating the fruit their apple tree will bear, only to have a wily thief upset their plans.

Hall, Zoe.  The Apple Pie Tree.  Illustrated by Shari Halpern.  Blue Sky, 1996.
    Describes an apple tree as it grows leaves and flowers and then produces its fruit, while in its branches robins make a nest, lay eggs, and raise a family.

Hutchins, Pat.  Ten Red Apples.  Illustrated by author.  Greenwillow, 2000.
    In rhyming verses, one animal after another neighs, moos, oinks, quacks and makes other appropriate sounds as each eats an apple from the farmer's tree.

Marzollo, Jean.  I am an Apple.  Illustrated by Judith Moffat.  Scholastic, 1997.
    Depicts a bud on an apple tree as it grows into an apple, ripens, is harvested, and provides seeds as a promise for the future.

Rockwell, Anne F.  Apples and Pumpkins.  Illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell.  Macmillan, 1989.
    In preparation for Halloween night, a family visits Mr. Comstock's farm to pick apples and pumpkins. 

Wellington, Monica.  Apple Farmer Annie.  Illustrated by author.  Dutton, 2001.
    Annie the apple farmer saves her most beautiful apples to sell fresh at the farmers' market.

STORYTELLING:

"Johnny Appleseed" from Easy-to-Tell Stories for Young Children by Annette Harrison, page 17 
"The Little Red House" from Easy-to-Tell Stories for Young Children by Annette Harrison,  page 43

PARTICIPATION ACTIVITIES:

A-P-P-L-E song (sung to the tune of "Bingo")
http://www.theideabox.com/ideas.nsf/0bf350346951257386256616000eab9f/a017ef1cb07b68a98625669a00672281?OpenDocument

Applesauce song (sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle")
Apple song (sung to the tune of "Miss Lucy")
http://www.hummingbirded.com/apples.html

Eat an apple-fingerplay
http://www.geocities.com/mystorytime/apples.htm

Way Up High in the Apple Tree-fingerplay

    Way up high in the apple tree

      (Hands above head, fingers in circles)

    Two little apples smiled at me.

    I shook that tree as hard as I could.

      (Shake hands)

    Down came the apples.

      (One arm down, then the other)

    Mmmmmm we're they good!

      (Rub stomach)

 

 

 

Apples-activity

Make red, green and yellow apples out of construction paper and put magnets or Velcro® on the back.  Give each child  at least one.  The children should put the appropriate colored apples on the magnetic or flannel board when you say the following:

 

    Juicy, red apples

    Hanging on the trees

    Yummy in my tummy

    Bring me some, please

 

    Sweet, yellow apples

    Hanging on the trees

    Yummy in my tummy

    Bring me some, please

 

    Tart, green apples

    Hanging on the trees

    Yummy in my tummy

    Bring me some, please

 

This could also be used as a name tag activity.

Apple with worm

 

 

Applesauce chant

Chorus should be chanted between each verse.  With young children you might have them either clap their hands or slap their legs when you chant "apple, apple" instead of both.

 

Chorus:

    Apple, apple

      (slap legs twice, then clap hands twice in rhythm)

    Applesauce

      (rub tummy in rhythm)

 

    First you need apples

    So pick them, pick them  (mimic picking)

 

    Put them in the sink

    And wash them, wash them (pretend to wash)

 

    Then you take the apples

    And cut them, cut them  (make chopping action with one hand against other open palm)

 

    Put them in a pot

    And cook them, cook them  (pretend to stir)

 

    Pour them in a strainer

    And squeeze them, squeeze them  (squeeze hands together)

 

    Take a little sugar

    And sprinkle it, sprinkle it  (pretend to sprinkle)

 

    Then you take the sauce

    And eat it, eat it  (pretend to eat)

 

Repeat chorus several times at end—first at normal level, then quietly and finally loudly

 

Five Green Apples-song

This song can be found on Mainly Mother Goose  

by Sharon, Lois and Bram

 

 

   Farmer Brown had five green apples

   Hanging on his tree.

   Farmer Brown had five green apples

   Hanging on his tree.

   And he plucked one apple

     (remove apple from tree)

   And ate it hungrily.

     (place core on bottom of board)

   Leaving four green apples

   Hanging on his tree.

 

Repeat with four, three, two and one.

 

Last verse:

   Farmer Brown had one green apple

   Hanging on his tree.

   Farmer Brown had one green apple

   Hanging on his tree.

   And he plucked that apple

   And gave it just to me.

     (Turn apple over and show worm on back)

   Yuch! (spoken)

   Leaving no green apples

   Hanging on his tree.

Five Green Apples tree

I have a visual that I made by drawing a tree on a piece of foam core board  (shown above). Cut 5 green apples out of construction paper.   On the back side of one apple, glue a worm also cut from construction paper.  In addition, make 4 apple cores.  Laminate the apples and cores. (patterns are below)  Put 5 pieces of Velcro® on the leafy part of the tree for the apples and 4 pieces at the bottom of the tree for the cores.  Remove an apple and after the line about eating it, put up the apple core.  Save the apple with the worm for the last verse.  

Patterns for Five Green Apples

CRAFT:

  1. Cut out an irregular shape for the top of the tree and a trunk for each child.  
  2. Purchase apple stamps or make your own.  We cut out apple stamps from flat sponge material using an apple punch.  Glue the stamp to the top of an empty film canister or similar container. 
  3. Have the children glue the tree pieces to construction paper.  
  4. Put a thin layer of very red paint in a pie plate.  Let the children stamp apples on their tree and around the base.  

* The "Apples" activity and "Applesauce chant," which were written by Susan M. Dailey, can be used freely in programs, but may not be re-posted, reproduced, or sold without prior permission.

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