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Apple activities for kids

Fall is the perfect time to teach little ones about apples.   October is apple month, did you know?  Today, I thought I would share with you one of our favorite apple activities. 

We started off reading a cute little story called "The Little Red House."  The story is about a Little Red House with no doors and no windows, but a star inside.  At the end there is a fun surprise and shows that there is a star inside of an apple.  To go along with the story, we cut open a red apple, sideways, to see the star inside the apple.

After the story, we took our apple halves and used them to make apple prints by dipping the cut apples in red and green paint and stamping them onto paper.  We had so much fun painting with our apples.

When the paint was dry, we created this apple keepsake by cutting out one of the apple prints and pasting it onto the apple booklet we made along with the little red house riddle.

Get the Little Red House star and keepsake in my TPT store.

Teddy Bear Day Activities

Since September 9th was Teddy Bear Day, I thought I would share all of our activities from  our week long celebration.  All of the following activities are included in my Brown Bear, Brown Bear unit located in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  We started off our unit by celebrating with a very special picnic. 

 The day before our special teddy bear picnic, I made homemade pumpkin muffins and sliced the strawberries.  

That morning of our picnic, I packed our picnic basket.  We also woke up our favorite teddy bears and packed them to take with us!

After filling our bellies with lots of bear treats, we decided to head home for a long winter's nap. The Teddy Bear Picnic was so much fun.  We all had a blast! 

In honor of Teddy Bear Day, we made this teddy bear craft. 

We started off the next day by exploring our teddy bears through a Teddy Bear investigation.  First we traced around our bears. Next, we measured our teddy bears. Finally, we described how our teddy bear looked and felt.

We even learned a new song with movements!

We used all of our leftover Teddy Grahams from the picnic to help us retell the song "Ten in the Bed."  We had so much fun counting down ten in this nursery rhyme!

One center this week was sorting alphabet cards.  Then we matched the upper and lowercase cards! 

We also compared real bears with teddy bears.

We ended our teddy bear day celebration with a brown day.  First, we listed things that are brown.  

Next, we painted the letter "B" brown and made bear crafts! 

Then, we read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Eric Carle.

Finally, we ended our week by making brown bear brownies!  It was a "beary" busy week!  

Home Office Reveal

I know I haven't posted in a while so I'm packing in a few months stuff into one blog post.  The past several months have been so crazy busy moving into our new house! We desperately needed more space with our growing family.  Our primary focus has been moving and making our new house feel like home.  

One of our must-haves was an extra bedroom that we turned into my home office.  This was my chance to design my dream office. Take a peek and see what it looks like!

To brighten up the space, we repainted the room with Sherwin William's Alabaster white. Next, we replaced the original door to the room with a french door that my husband painted white. The chandelier is my favorite!  The moment I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my office.   

Yes, there is a lot of pink decor, I just couldn't help myself.  To go with my pink shag rug, I chose a fuzzy pink pillow and pink curtains. 

I was looking for some wall art inspiration when I randomly came across a white peonies art piece.  I quickly headed over to Georgiana Lane's etsy shop and saw the most beautiful peony photographs.  The photographer is amazing and I absolutely love everything in her store! When I saw the pink peonies wall art, my heart skipped a beat!  

I am so excited now that I have a beautiful and organized work space.  I absolutely love how it turned out and it was so much fun decorating!  Next up is our classroom.

Big Pumpkin Activities

Don't you just love pumpkins?  I love all things pumpkin!  Over the weekend, we found a real pumpkin patch.  What I mean is that the pumpkins are grown at the farm and the pumpkins are on the vine!  So last Sunday, we drove early that morning to this pumpkin patch.  The farm is about 2 hours from where we live but it was well worth it.  We were able to pick out our very own pumpkins from the pumpkin patch to take home with us. 
Not only can families take a tractor ride out to the fields to pick their pumpkins, they can partake in various games, rides, and activities. There is a full day of fun for everyone!

On our way home, I thought about one of my favorite Halloween read alouds, "Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman.  It's about a witch who grows a large pumpkin that is stuck on the vine.  It's so big, her friends can't pull the pumpkin off the vine either. 

So I recently came up with a reading unit based on the book, Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman. 

I have also included a pocket chart poem, an emergent reader, and a few retelling crafts that are also included in the unit.  Click to see more of the Big Pumpkin Unit.

Throughout the week we also investigated our pumpkins.  We used our pumpkin exploration worksheet to record our pumpkin data. 

In the book, the characters make pumpkin pie with the big pumpkin, so of course, we made some too!

Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce

Have you ever made crock pot applesauce with your little ones?   It is super easy, just 4 ingredients: water, sugar, cinnamon, and of course, apples. Homemade applesauce is so good be warned, your family may never eat store bought applesauce again.  

All we did was peel and slice the apples, put all the ingredients inside the crock pot, and let it cook on high for 4 hours.

It was such a great snack, especially this time of year. 

While the entire house smelled like fall, I thought it would be a great treat to read Applesauce Day by Lisa Amstutz and Talitha Shipman.  We practiced sequencing and wrote about how to make applesauce in our applesauce booklet.

It was the perfect picture book to go with our homemade applesauce snack!

The applesauce booklet is from my How to Make Applesauce activities.  Click above to see more!

Brown Bear Brown Bear Activities

Since September 9th is Teddy Bear Day, I decided to create a unit to go along with one of our favorite bear books, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Eric Carle. We started off our unit by celebrating a very special bear day. 

 The day before our special teddy bear day, we made invitations for our teddy bears.  We all brought in our favorite teddy bears!

We made these simple bear headbands to wear all day. 

We used our pocket chart pieces to help us retell the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin, Jr. 

We made teddy bear toast for snack.  Some people use peanut butter, but we decided to use butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top.

We also made a Brown Bear craft to help us sequence the story.

We ended our celebration with a gummy bear science activity.  First, we sorted and graphed gummy bears.  

Then, we made observations about how different liquids affect gummy bears. 

Finally, we ended our week with a family movie night.  We went to the movies to see Christopher Robin, about one of our favorite teddy bears, Winnie the Pooh!

Monthly Binder Covers

One of my main tasks I wanted to accomplish over the summer was to reorganize my home office. Instead of a typical file cabinet, I bought an ikea expedite and I'm using it to organize my activities rather than stick everything into files.  I use monthly binders to organize all of our lessons.  I use the clear plastic sleeves to keep all of our activities. To keep the binders separated by month, I decided to create these monthly binder covers.  It really helps so we can look back and see what we did the previous year.  The bright colors really stand out so I can find the month we are currently working in.  Click here to see them.