Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tot School: Apples

Our theme this week in Tot School was apples. We read several books, including the Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall and Ten Apples on Top by Dr. Seuss. We did a go-along activity where M glued ten apples on photos of her and her brother's heads.

Next, we sorted apples into color groups and made ABAB patterns with them. Since apples are a favorite treat at our house, we used real apples to do these activities.

M made a paper bag puppet using a pattern from our Amazing Alphabet Puppets and More book.

We also made apple tree letter A's (this idea came from ABC and 123). We painted the bottoms brown, and used a carrot dipped in red paint to make the apples on top.

The whole family joined in our next activity one evening. We used M's parachute with an apple placed in the center. The goal was to see how long we could bounce the apple without it flying out. This was a LOT of fun!

M participated in open-ended art this week and made a red paper collage.

Since Monday was a holiday and Daddy was home, we all went to the zoo. We have been to the zoo several times before, but this was the first time M recognized the animals on her own and was very into seeing them. Her favorites were the giraffes, monkeys, elephants (who were playing with a ball), and penguins.

Here J, M and I are wearing our antlers just like the elk we saw.

J and M got to pet a rooster.
Finally, M played with her new shape stacker. She needs a lot of help to get them stacked properly, but really loves playing with it!

That was our week in Tot School. You can see what other's have done in Tot School by going to 1+1+1=1. Next week we will continue with our apple theme, including finishing several crafts we started this week.


  1. That is a very cool shape stacker. And your kids are lovely!
    Is that a real parachute? If not, what is it meant for?

  2. Oh my gosh, you always have such creative ideas! How do you come up with them?! We are going to do a lot of things with apples when we get to our Autumn Theme in a couple of weeks and we love the book 10 Apples up on top. I just love the idea of putting apples on the heads of the kids' pictures - really cute and funnny too! I also like the parachute idea (gotta get one of those!) and the cute picture of all of you at the zoo. :) Great week, as always!

  3. It's a play parachute, designed for kids playtime and PE activities. They have one at the library for story time and M loved it so much that we bought a smaller one for home from Amazon (I've added the link in our post above). It takes several people to make it work, so we do it as a family activity.

  4. I really like your "Aa" apple picture. The open ended art looks great too!

    Looks like you guys had a fun zoo trip too!

    A busy, creative week as usual:-). LOVE seeing what you do!

  5. I believe we may need to "borrow" some of these ideas soon! I haven't done many true crafts with the twins but an apple theme seems a great place to start. I think my older kids would also enjoy the apples on top of the pictures. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I love the apple sorting and patterning with real apples! So neat! And the 10 apples up on top art is wonderful too! :)

  7. What a cool shape stacker. Looks like you had a wonderful apple week. We are going to be doing an apple unit with my son (4 yrs old) this September as well. You have inspired me to try creating a theme for that in Tot School as well. Thanks!

  8. Great week! We have our apple week this week and will probably borrow some of those ideas. I really liked the parachute idea - I wish we had more people in the house to execute on it, it sounds like a lot of fun.


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