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, examine apples and how they grow. This apple theme activity is so easy to set up, simple to do and tasty to eat! Perfect STEM for preschoolers.
PARTS OF AN APPLE PRESCHOOL ACTIVITY
APPLE BOOKS FOR KIDS
I chose a few apple theme 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 apple books offered some interesting concepts that I had forgotten about! We all learned a little something!
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WHY DO APPLES FLOAT?
Before we started cutting our apples, we decided to test whether our apples sink or float in water. 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 experiments for easy preschool science because it gives kids the opportunity to make predictions and talk about why they thin something will sink or float. Of course apples are quite intriguing for a sink and float activity.
My son was amazed to discover that apples do float because apples have air in them. The air makes them less dense than water, and thus float. Why not give it a try!
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PARTS OF AN APPLE
What a wonderful and simple preschool apple science activity! Quick and easy but filled with lots of room to explore, discover, learn and play. Perfect for a September preschool theme.
Grab a few extra apples at the store or visit a local orchard and give this simple apple activity a try this fall!
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YOU WILL NEED:
- apples, green and red (whatever varieties you enjoy!)
- tray for sorting the different pieces of the apple (Party dollar store snack tray works well!)
- apple cutter or knife (Make sure to supervise and keep safety number one!)
- Optional – magnifying glass
PARTS OF AN APPLE SET UP
1. Carefully cut or slice the apple to show the different parts of an apple.
2. Sort them into each section to take a better look at each part.
3. Take a look at each part. Use your magnifying glass to look at each part close up.
APPLE SCIENCE: EXAMINING AND IDENTIFYING PARTS OF AN APPLE
My son 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 activity uses all 5 of the senses too!
Here’s a great Apple 5 Senses Activity with printable!
- 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
MORE FUN APPLE ACTIVITIES
- Apple Races for Simple Fall Physics
- Why Do Apples Turn Brown?
- Build LEGO Apples
- Balancing Apple (FREE PRINTABLE) Activity
INVESTIGATE THE PARTS OF AN APPLE WITH 5 SENSES!
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The magnifying glass and books are such a fabulous addition to this activity. I like how you separated each part into a different part of the tray!
I love how you all explored that the apple will still float even after being cut apart. actually I love the whole exploration of the apple. Fall happens to be one of our favorite seasons also.
I love how you dissected the apple in the tray! We are loving the book Apples, Apples, Apples for this theme as well!
LOVE!! we need to dissect an apple like pronto! hehe
My toddler (2) absolutely LOVES ‘studying’ things with a magnifying glass! She enjoys checking out our apples, too!
We will have to do sink or float soon!
The tray was a fun way to feature all the parts of an apple! I wonder if we included a few toys apples to the mix how they think they would sink or float. All great ways to incorperate science with apples. Thanks for sharing.
What a fun science experiment! My son is a big fan of his magnifying glass as well. Great idea using the tray to sort out all the parts.
A great book to accompany this activity! I love the hands-on approach to learning.
Love this! Exploring apples is such a fun activity for kids! Great job!
This would be a hit with my preschoolers. There’s just something about getting to really look inside an apple that they love. Even though it’s a fruit they’re familiar with, it’s different when they’re looking at it like scientists!
What a great idea to separate each of the parts of the apple in a divided tray! We’ll be trying this!
I have never thought of the science of apples. My daughter will love this for sure. I may even do it tomorrow to wrap up our fall theme.
What a fun way to learn more about apples! I love how they were able to see all the different parts of the apple!
What fun ideas for playing and learning with apples! Thanks for sharing at the #LovetoLearnLinky. I will be featuring your post tomorrow. I hope you will stop by and link up again 🙂 -Katie
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