Earlier this week we did a fun Picking Apples Game as our activity to go with 10 Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss, which is the book for this week for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. The current theme is “Apples” and it has been fun joining in and learning all about it. We have enjoyed this theme a lot so we decided to extend it a bit more and learn about the parts of an apple in a hands-on way!
Learning about the parts of an apple:
Materials: Apples (we used 2) and the Parts of an Apple Printable
First, we printed and colored our page to get it ready to use. I colored one too (the one you see in most of the pictures here). I made the word “Apple” in block letters so kids can trace or color it to learn letters. Big Bro got pretty into the coloring part. He wanted to color all of the circles red so they looked like apples. Works for me!
Next, I cut the apple in half down the middle (starting from the stem). We placed half of the apple in the center of the page and talked about the apple’s core and how it holds the seeds. We also took off the stem and placed it in the circle labeled “stem” on the printable.
I then took another apple and cut it in half the other way, straight through the middle. We noted how it looked like a star, and and that we can get a good view of the seeds this way.
This was a good time to take out the seeds! We took out the seeds and placed them in their spot. **Note: I cut away the rest of the apple so it was easier to hold, but that’s optional. Here’s Big Bro picking out the seeds.
And then it was time to cut out some of the flesh of the apple. We picked out small pieces and added it to the correct section of the printable.
Next we took a another chunk and peeled off the skin. This was actually a really good fine motor activity! He wanted to do it more because he thought the peeling part was fun.
While he was feeling the skin he said, “I have skin too! My skin protects my body from germs.” I was pretty impressed that he remembered this (he learned it previously), and made the connection to apples. So this was a good opportunity to talk about how the apple has skin to protect it’s flesh too.
And that was it. We had all of our apple taken apart and sorted into their spots!
After you learn the parts of an apple, try this fun activity: