Apple Vocabulary is one of our favorite activities to do with our preschoolers every fall. Simple supplies get this activity ready in no time!
When I think of Apple Vocabulary, I think of community
We all huddle together, maybe at circle time or sitting outside under a tree.
I ask the kids to share any words they think of when they think of apples, and I write them down.
We’re working together, collaborating, working, playing, and learning.
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Apple Vocabulary is a staple apple theme literacy activity
This is one of the activities we must do every year.
It’s loaded with literacy learning, and the kids have a blast.
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How to do Apple Vocabulary
PART 1: Make a giant apple
Sometimes I use poster board, and sometimes I use cardboard. Either works perfectly. Cut out a basic apple shape, and paint it to look like an apple.
Tip 1: You can make it even easier by cutting out a large circle and attaching the stem + leaf shapes afterward.
Tip 2: You could make it extra even easier by using a red poster board. I paint my cutout red every year (and have the kids help me), but a red posterboard would shave off time!
PART 2: Add the vocabulary words
Invite the kids to gather around and explain that together you will brainstorm and write words describing apples. If you have a real apple, you could invite them to look at and inside of it, too.
As they name words, write them down.
Continue until your apple is full!
How is this a preschool literacy activity?
There are a few layers of literacy in Apple Vocabulary:
- Speech-to-Print: As kids say a word and you write it, you’re modeling speech-to-print, the concept that spoken words can be translated into written language
- Vocabulary: Kids will hear words from their peers that they might not have known before
- Letter identification: Kids observe the letters you write (and you can name them as you go)
- Directionality: All languages have rules, and in English, one of the rules is that it’s written left to write, which kids will observe throughout the activity
- Phonics/Reading: When done, read all of the words out loud, sounding out when appropriate
These skills are important for pre-reading & reading and are wonderfully fun to include in the preschool years.
There’s nothing not to love about Apple Vocabulary
It’s a winner all around.
Have fun brainstorming all the words in the land to describe delicious, crunchy, scrumptious apples.
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Any that can safely use the materials + appropriately participate in the activity. We do this activity with our 3-6 year old preschoolers
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