An Apple a Day…

This past fall I did an apple themed storytime (so original, I know…) and it was fun.  Here’s what I did:

Rhyme Cube: (click here for a description)

Sign Language: word of the day is “Apple”

Don’t forget to have the kids repeat the word often!

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book: Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Ten Red Apples


“Way up high in the apple tree

Two little apples smiled at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could.

Down came the apples.

Mmmmmm were they good!”  (Rub stomach)

As I recited this rhyme I used a prop I made out of poster board.  Here are pics of the front and back:


The apples (on the front) are held up with magnets (on the back).  I glued a popsicle stick onto the magnets to use as a handle. When I recite the part of the rhyme that says “down came the apples”, I slide the popsicle stick down so it looks like the apples are falling.

Second Book:  Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Apple Farmer Annie

Song:  A-P-P-L-E

Sung to the tune of B-I-N-G-O

“I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E
And apple is its name-o.”

We sang the song and I used cards that I hung up on the wall and flipped over as we went through each verse.  It looked like this:

apple bingoapple bingo 2

When I flipped the cards over we said “crunch” in place of the letter so it went like this:

“I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is its name-o.
Crunch-P-P-L-E, Crunch-P-P-L-E, Crunch-P-P-L-E
And apple is its name-o.”

…and so on until we flipped over all the cards.

I got this fun idea from Falling Flannerboards and the kids and parents had fun singing along.

Third Book:  Dappled Apples by Jan Carr

Flannel Board: 

I use this flannel board with finger puppets.  It goes like this:

“Five little apples

Hung in a tree

The farmer wasn’t looking.

So guess who came to eat?

Frog!- Munch munch munch!”

Take one apple down and repeat the rhyme with a different finger puppet each time. I use a frog, a rabbit, a mouse, a moose, and a shark!  The kids thought it was funny that a shark would get an apple from a tree.  I said “you silly shark, you belong in the ocean!”

Here are some pics:


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