This week’s theme is all about apples! My favorite season is fall and our family always enjoys heading to the local apple orchard. This year, since we have enjoyed more practical life science activities lately, I thought we would read about and examine apples and how they grow. Perfect timing for our upcoming apple orchard trip this weekend! This is so easy to set up, simple to explain, and tasty to eat!
Preschool Apple Science Activities
Playful Preschool Fall Learning Activities
I am so excited to be a part of a great team of educators and moms joining together to bring all of you amazing playful preschool activities each week. Each week will have a fun theme for the month or holiday and will cover all areas of early learning including the arts. music, science, literacy, math and more. I hope you will check back each week to see what we have to offer. We love hands-on sensory play and science activities!
Why Preschool Science?
Preschoolers are curious creatures. Science experiments, even very simple experiments fuel their curiosity for the world. Learning how to observe, how to talk about what they see and how to predict what might happen are amazing tools for the future! Experiments increase practical life and fine motor skills not to mention math and literacy skills.
How An Apple Grows
- apples, green and red (whatever varieties you enjoy!)
- tray for sorting the different pieces of the apple (party store divider snack tray)
- apple cutter or knife (make sure to supervise and keep safety number one!)
- bowl of water to test sink and float (optional side activity)
- books on how apples grow
- magnifying glass
Apple Science Activity Set Up
Will it sink or float?
We decided to start with this before we cut up the apples. However, we also finished with this as well by testing every piece of the apple in the bowl of water. I love sink or float for easy preschool science because it gives him the opportunity to make predictions and talk about why he thinks something will sink or float. Of course apples are quite intriguing for a sink and float activity. He is amazed that apples have air in them causing them to be less dense than water and thus float. Why not give it a try!
Apple Science Activity: Examining The Parts Of An Apple
He loved using his mighty strength to cut through the apple and it’s great for practical life skills as well. By using the apple slicer, we were able to take apart the apple for more careful observation of the different parts. Of course, a magnifying glass is a staple for most of our experiments. Lastly, tasting is a very important part! This hands-on apple science activity explored all 5 of the senses too! Here’s another easy 5 Senses Activity (click here)
SEE the colors of the apples, the skin, the flesh, the seeds and the stem
HEAR the crunch of the apple when taking a bite or the sound the slicer made to cut through the apple
TASTE the apple and it’s juice
SMELL the sweetness of the apple
FEEL all the different parts of the apple: smooth, sticky, wet, hard
Take a look at the parts of the apple! We sorted them into each section to take a better look at each part.
I chose a few books from our local library to read during our hands-on apple science activity. I love pairing books with hands- on activities as often as possible. There is always much to learn and these books offered some interesting concepts that I had forgotten about! We all learned a little something!
What a wonderfully simple playful preschool apple science activity! Quick and easy but filled with lots of room to explore, discover, learn and play. Grab a few extra apples at the store or visit a local orchard and give this simple apple science activity a try at home this fall!
More Fall Apple Play (click on each photo for full article)
More Preschool Apple Theme Activities from the Playful Preschool Education Team:
From Orchard to Table. Watch and Make at The Educators’ Spin On It
Examining Apple Parts, How Does It Grow, Sink/Float at Little Bins For Little Hands
Apple Oxidation Experiment at Raising Lifelong Learners
MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Apple Hop at Learning 2 Walk
Counting Apples with Preschoolers: Real-Life Math at Life Over C’s
Alphabet Activity: Apple Tree Letter Matching at Mom Inspired Life
Alphabet Learning: Apple Stamping at Growing Book by Book
Apple-Bet Match : Matching Lowercase with Upper Case Letters at Tiny Tots Adventures
Applesauce Dough for Sensory Play at Still Playing School
How to Make Homemade Apple Pie – Cooking with Preschoolers at Powerful Mothering
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