I hate to admit it but I am in love with the Fall season and of course awesome easy to set up apple STEM activities that go along with it! This season we have 10 apple STEM activities using real apples perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary. Explore apples with STEM!
Explore Apples For Fall STEM
I love using what I have around for hands-on science learning and apples is what we definitely have! These apple activities work perfectly for early learning plus you can enjoy eating them too! Nothing wasted. I wanted to have fun with our activities but still be able to work on skills such as observation, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
Of course, if you want to explore more fall themes like pumpkins, leaves and more, check out our list of Fall STEM Activities!
What Is STEM For Kids?
STEM sounds complicated, but it isn’t! Once you get how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mingle, you can see how it applies to so many of the science and STEM activities you already love.
The best STEM activities encourage your kids to use at least 3 of the 4 pillars of the STEM acronym (science, technology, engineering, and math) to tackle their projects head-on, challenge what they know, and build character. The lessons STEM can teach our kids are priceless!
Have you played around with science with your kiddos? If you haven’t, you are in for a real treat. And if you have, you already know how much fun STEM activities are…
Unlock your kids’ curiosity, and spark their inner inventor! The world of science and STEM is AMAZING with these hands-on science experiments and STEM activities!
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to share STEM with your kids. We have everything you need: simple-to-follow activities, low-prep ideas, easy-to-digest science information, and inexpensive supplies.
Helpful STEM Resources To Get You Started
Here are a few resources to help you introduce STEM more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.
- Engineering Design Process Explained
- What Is An Engineer
- What Is STEAM?
- Real World STEM
- Engineering Words
- Questions for Reflection (get them talking about it!)
- BEST STEM Books for Kids
- 14 Engineering Books for Kids
- Jr. Engineer Challenge Calendar (Free)
- Must Have STEM Supplies List
Apple STEM Activities
An apple-cano? Who says you can’t set up a baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction in an apple for an easy fall theme STEM activity!
Enjoy edible apple fractions! Tasty math activity that explores fractions with young kids. Pair with our free apple fractions printable for awesome fall theme learning.
Grab some different sized apples and a ramp, and set up a simple gravity experiment. You can also do this with pumpkins!
There are so many different types of apples to enjoy! Take the great apple taste test and see which apple is your favorite. So simple to set up and includes a free printable worksheet.
Explore this non-Newtonian fluid with a fun fall theme and ingredient!
Learn about non-Newtonian fluids with a fun apple twist on a favorite slime recipe.
Explore gravity with real apples and paper apples for this fun apple project.
These LEGO apples are quick and easy to build and offer simple lessons in math and engineering. Perfect fall STEM activity, LEGO apples are sure to be a hit with your LEGO loving kids!
Build Apple Structures
Chop up an apple and grab the toothpicks. What can you make? 3D or 2D shapes, a dome, a tower? Building apple structures combine design, engineering, and fine motor skills! Plus you can eat it afterward.
Apple Sink or Float Experiment
Do apples float? I casually asked my son if he thought an apple would sink or float? He said it will sink and said we should test it.
Why Do Apples Float? An apple is buoyant! Do you know why? The apple has air inside and that air helps keep it from sinking completely. Apples are less dense than water. Learn more about density here.
Make Apple Boats
So now that you know an apple floats, can you build an apple boat to float? Will different size apple pieces float as well as others? Make your own sails with those toothpicks leftover from the apple toothpick activity.
Simple card stock paper sails. Will different shapes and sizes of sails influence how the apple piece floats? Our small apple piece was no match for the larger sail we cut for it, but the other large pieces faired well. Simple and creative apple STEM!
Baking soda and vinegar science meet art for one of our favorite STEAM activities. Add this to your fall activities and you can’t go wrong!
This is a great apple lesson plan that includes literacy resources, parts of an apple activity, and helpful videos!
Great STEM activities with real apples to go along with a favorite Dr. Seuss book.
Why do apples turn brown makes for a fun fall science experiment for kids! Get kids thinking about how to keep apples from turning brown, and learn all about the oxidation of apples.
More Fun Fall Activities For Kids
Printable Preschool Apple Activities Pack
Get ready to explore this year with our growing Preschool STEM Bundle!
There are 5 fun preschool themes to get you started. This is an ” I can explore” series!
Each unit contains approximately 15 activities, with instructions and templates as needed. Hands-on activities are provided to keep it fun and exciting. This includes sensory bins, experiments, games, and more! Easy supplies keep it low cost, and book suggestions add the learning time.
Or grab the Apple Preschool Pack on its own!