Apple theme in Kindergarten is kind of a big deal. It's one of the first official themes of the year. It's a sign that fall is near. Apples also happens to be one of my favorite themes to cover. From apple tasting, apple theme activities, to making Apple Pie in a Cup – I just love it all. Today I wanted to share ideas for apple themed centers as well as fun and a set of free apple themed printables to teach letters and letter sounds.
September is the perfect month for an apple theme. It's a topic that most students have some background knowledge of. Most, if not all, students have eaten apples and some maybe have even gone apple picking. Not to mention an apple theme is a great way to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day.
Apple Centers for Kindergarten
Incorporating the apple theme into your kindergarten literacy and math centers is a piece of cake (or pie) with the center pack Easy as Apple Pie.
These apple themed centers are great for September and the beginning of fall. This packet includes 10 literacy centers and 11 math centers for a total of 21 centers – all with a fun apple theme!
These centers were made just for Kindergarten. Which means you'll find the activities to be hands-on, developmentally appropriate, and relevant to the skills your students are working on.
Inside you'll find a table of contents that you can click and easily access the activity you need. A recording sheet is included for every activity to hold students accountable for their work. Each activity also comes with a kid-friendly “I Can” poster to promote independence. Also included are answer keys for easy checking.
You'll also find a follow-up print-and-go activities/worksheets to reinforce the skills covered in the center – for every single center.
Here's a look at a few of the centers included, along with a sample of the no prep practice page.
Secret Code Beginning Sounds:
Students will look at a series of pictures all with the same beginning sound to determine the letter. They will record the secret letter on their paper.
Apple of My Eye:
Students will select a letter card, find the matching letter on their paper and trace the letter using a colored pencil.
Students will count the ten frame and record the number. They will count on to fill in the next two missing numbers
Apple Themed Printables: Letter Freebie
And now for a freebie. I put together an apple themed activity and wanted to share it with you. Since fall in Kindergarten using means learning letters and sounds, what better way to learn than with free apple themed printables!
To prepare this free apple letter mat activity, simply print and laminate the activity mats. Students will need a set of A-Z magnetic letters for this activity.
This activity is perfect for a quick literacy center, morning tub, or a fast finisher activity.
Students select a magnetic letter and identify the letter name or letter sound. They will find a matching apple and place the magnetic letter on top. They will continue until all of the apples have been covered.
You could also use this activity in a small group adult-led station. Simply call out a letter or make a letter sound and have students use a mini eraser or plastic math cube to cover the corresponding letter or picture.
You can download the free apple themed printables here. I hope your students have a blast with these!