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5 Free Apple Theme Preschool Activities

August 15, 2023

As the air turns crisp and leaves begin to don their vibrant autumn colors and the fall season approaches, the apple orchards come to life. For preschoolers, this is the perfect time of year to create a wonderful opportunity to delve into the world of apples through engaging and educational activities. From counting and sorting to coloring and crafting, there’s an array of apple theme preschool worksheets that can spark curiosity and foster important early learning skills. In this blog post, we’ll explore five delightful apple-themed worksheets tailored for preschoolers that are both fun and educational. Check out some of our free printables for our apple unit. If you’d like more apple preschool worksheets, check out our membership where you get monthly themed preschool activities just like this one. 

1. Counting Apples Worksheet: Apple Theme Preschool Worksheets

Counting is a foundational skill that forms the basis for further mathematical understanding. This worksheet combines the charm of apple picking with counting practice. The worksheet features an orchard scene with apple trees laden with fruit. The task is simple: count the apples on each tree and write the number in the designated space.

This activity not only reinforces counting skills but also introduces the concept of one-to-one correspondence, where each number is associated with a single object. To make it even more interactive, consider using small apple cutouts or stickers that preschoolers can place on the trees as they count.

Matching game with apple theme for preschoolers

2. Colorful Apple Patterns: Fostering Cognitive Development Through Patterns

Pattern recognition is a cognitive skill that aids in developing problem-solving abilities and logical thinking. This worksheet takes preschoolers on a journey of discovering patterns using colorful apples. The worksheet displays a sequence of apples with different colors and sizes. Some apples follow a pattern, while others do not.

Preschoolers are invited to identify the pattern and continue it by coloring the next apples accordingly. For instance, if the pattern is “big-red-small-green,” the child would color the next apple big and red, followed by a small and green apple. This activity encourages attention to detail and helps children grasp the concept of repeating sequences.


3. Apple Letter Match: Cultivating Early Literacy Skills

For preschoolers, developing literacy skills is an essential part of their early education journey. The apple letter match worksheet cleverly combines the allure of apples with letter recognition practice. The worksheet presents a group of apples, each bearing a lowercase letter. On the next page are uppercase letter cards for you to cut out.

The task for preschoolers is to match each lowercase apple with its corresponding uppercase letter. Once they find the lowercase letter, they can either color it or dab the letter with a dot marker.

 This activity promotes letter recognition, improves fine motor skills as children manipulate the paper cutouts, and lays the foundation for understanding the relationship between uppercase and lowercase letters. Download these free printable apple worksheets now.

4. Apple Craft: Hands-On Creativity and Fine Motor Skill Development

Craft activities offer a unique way to engage preschoolers while enhancing their fine motor skills and creativity. The apple tree craft worksheet provides children with a chance to create their own apple orchard. The worksheet includes a bare tree outline and a collection of apple cutouts.

Preschoolers are encouraged to color and cut out the apples, then glue them onto the tree branches. This hands-on activity requires careful manipulation of scissors, precision in placing the apples, and imaginative use of colors. Not only does this worksheet enable children to craft a beautiful apple tree, but it also hones their motor skills and nurtures their artistic expression.


5. Apple Taste Test: Introducing Basic Science Concepts

Learning isn’t just confined to the classroom; it can happen in the kitchen too! The apple taste test worksheet introduces preschoolers to basic scientific concepts in a playful manner. The worksheet showcases different types of apples, each with a distinct color and name.

Preschoolers are encouraged to try each apple and color in the smiley face if they like it or the sad face if they don’t. This activity not only engages the senses but also introduces the idea of observation, comparison, and making simple judgments based on personal experiences. It’s a delightful way to introduce scientific thinking in a relatable context.

In conclusion, apple-themed worksheets provide a delightful and engaging way for preschoolers to explore various educational concepts while immersing themselves in the seasonal charm of apples. From counting the apple seed and sorting to crafting and scientific observation, these worksheets cater to a range of learning styles and developmental stages. As the leaves fall and the orchards come alive, take the opportunity to dive into these educational apple adventures with your preschooler. The experience will not only be enriching but also create lasting memories of learning and fun.

6. Apple Theme Sensory Bins

Creating an apple-themed sensory bin can be a fun and educational activity for kids. Here are some ideas for items you can include in your apple-themed sensory bin:

  • Apple Seeds (or black beans to represent seeds)
  • Real Apples and Apple Slices 
  • Apple pie spice to represent the smell of apple pie
  • Red Playdough
  • Red, green and yellow pom poms

If you like these ideas for sensory bins, check out even more ideas for this theme and more themes on our Sensory Bins All Year Long post.


7. Apple Books for Preschoolers

  1. “The Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall This beautifully illustrated book follows two young sisters as they watch an apple tree go through its seasonal changes, culminating in the baking of a delicious apple pie.

  2. “Ten Apples Up on Top!” by Dr. Seuss This playful rhyming book features animals balancing apples on their heads while counting to ten. It’s a great way to introduce counting and basic math concepts to preschoolers.

  3. “Apples and Pumpkins” by Anne Rockwell In this autumn-themed story, a young girl goes on a trip to a farm to pick apples and pumpkins, experiencing the excitement of the season and the harvest.

  4. “Apples, Apples, Apples” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Follow a young bunny as he explores the many aspects of apples – from picking them to making applesauce – in this interactive and educational book.

  5. “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World” by Marjorie Priceman  A whimsical tale that takes readers on a global adventure to gather ingredients needed for making an apple pie from scratch.

  6. “Little Apple Goat” by Caroline Jayne Church  This cute story introduces a goat who loves apples and embarks on an adventure to find the juiciest and reddest apples.

  7. “Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship” by Edward Hemingway  This heartwarming story is about a quirky apple who finds friendship and acceptance despite being a bit different.

  8. “Max & Mo Go Apple Picking” by Patricia Lakin  Join Max and Mo, two adorable hamsters, as they go on an apple-picking adventure and learn about sharing along the way.

 Reading aloud to preschoolers has numerous benefits:

  1. Language Development: Reading aloud exposes children to new words, sentence structures, and a rich vocabulary, enhancing their language skills and comprehension.

  2. Cognitive Development: Storybooks encourage critical thinking, imagination, and problem-solving skills as children engage with the narrative and make predictions about the plot.

  3. Bonding Time: Reading aloud creates a special bonding time between caregivers and children, fostering emotional connections and a sense of security.

  4. Early Literacy Skills: Hearing stories helps preschoolers develop phonological awareness, which is crucial for future reading and writing success.

  5. Imagination and Creativity: Exposure to different stories and characters stimulates a child’s imagination and creativity, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of storytelling and creativity.

  6. Attention Span: Listening to stories helps preschoolers practice focusing their attention for longer periods, which is an important skill for learning in various settings.

  7. Cultural Awareness: Books expose children to diverse cultures, traditions, and perspectives, promoting empathy and understanding of the world around them.

  8. Preparation for School: Reading aloud prepares children for school by instilling a love for books and learning, making the transition to formal education smoother.

By regularly reading aloud to preschoolers and selecting engaging and age-appropriate books, caregivers can cultivate a strong foundation for literacy, curiosity, and a lifelong love for reading.


Which of our free apple printables did you like most? More importantly, which of these fun activities did your preschooler like? 

If you enjoyed these fun apple activities, I would love to invite you to join our preschool membership where we give even more apple printable activities to do all September long. Take a sneak peek inside our membership to see just a few of the apple theme:


Apple Shapes Printable

Apple Posters/ Parts of an Apple Chart


Parts of an Apple Worksheet


Apple Puzzle Printable


Life Cycle of an Apple Tree Minibook


Apple Coloring Page

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Hi there! I’m Mandy and I’m creator behind Teaching Pockets. I'm a former preschool teacher with a passion for helping busy Moms by providing them with fun and meaningful teaching resources that spark excitement, curiosity and a love of learning.


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