We LOVE apple season! There’s something special about the transition between Summer and Fall when the air starts to get cool and crisp as leaves begin to fall. That’s when apples come along! We love checking out the local apple orchards and picking our own apples. It’s something the kids and I look forward to every year. However, since we can’t just trek to the orchard every day I decided it would be fun to make our very own Picking Apples Game to do right at home! This scavenger hunt can be done right out in the yard or even inside on a rainy day.
We are thrilled that the Virtual Book Club for Kids has started up again this year! Rainy Day Mum, Toddler Approved, and The Educators Spin On It have come up with a great list of books and weekly themes. We are so excited to follow along!
This week the theme is Apples and the book is 10 Apples up on Top by Dr. Seuss, so this picking apples game was a great extension activity after we read the book.
Making the Apples:
There are two ways to make this game. The first way is to make construction paper apples and the second is to use the included free printable to save some time. I wanted to make construction paper apples to do as a quick craft with my kids. I pre-cut all the pieces free-hand using the first cuts as patterns. After I had all of the pieces prepared, my boys and I glued them together. They actually enjoyed this simple craft as we talked about the parts of the apple as they glued on the leaves and stems.
Materials: Colored paper for the apples, leaves, and stems, scissors, glue, and clothespins (if you don’t have clothespins, you can use a hole punch and string, wire, or pipe cleaners to use as hangers for the game).
How to play the Apple Picking Game:
- For an outdoor game, pin the apples to leaves and branches in the backyard. If playing inside, scatter or hide the apples around the room. **NOTE: Be sure to choose safe places within reach of the child. If outdoors watch out for spiders and other bugs. This game should be supervised.
- Your child will then hunt for the apples and collect what they find. You can use an “apple basket” to collect them in. My son just collected them in his hands because he was very particular about the order he wanted them in.
- Call out the shape/number/letter as the apples are found. My toddler is learning shapes. As he collected them and brought them to me we talked about the shape on each apple he found. Alternatively, your child can call out the shape/number/letter as they collect apples. This is what my 4 year old did.
- Customize the game according to the skills your children are working on. Here are some more ways to play that will vary based on age:
- The child can name the shapes/numbers/letters as they are collected.
- Adult calls out the specific shape, and the child goes to find it.
- Find the numbers in order.
- Finding only even/odd numbers.
- Finding only vowels.
- Writing different numbers, call out a number, and have the child find two numbers that equal that number to work on addition (For example, “What two numbers make 7?” And then the child may find a 5 and a 2)
- Finding sight words, rhyming words, words that start with the same letter, etc.
- The options are endless!
Here’s some of the fun we had picking apples!
For this round of playing I put the apples in easier spots to see and asked my 4 year old to collect the numbers in order from 1-10.
The apples clipped on easily with the clothes pins!
For my toddler, we used the shape apples. I put them on a smaller bush so he could safely reach them. I named the shapes as he collected them and handed them to me.
Some were hidden a little bit more for my 4 year old.
Almost to 10!
Here is the Picking Apples Game Free Printable! Enjoy!
Looking for another apple activity and printable? Try this: