One of the first themes that we explore in preschool is apples! Apples usually mean that fall is just around the corner - one of my favorite times of the year! My preschoolers learn with apples in different ways, but in my classroom I always try to keep the activities simple. The Apple Color Sorting Tree is a super simple math activity to set up and you probably already have most the supplies needed at home! It can be used as a busy bag at home or an independent learning center in the classroom.
Apple Color Sorting
This activity is so simple to create! You need an apple tree, different colored apples, and colored cups to match the apple colors.
- applesauce pouch tops
- poster board
- crayons or markers
I drew a big apple tree on a piece of poster board with crayons. I made the leafy part of the tree big enough to fit a bunch of pouch top apples. Make sure the pouch tops are washed and dried completely before using them in this activity. (I throw them in the dishwasher in the silverware basket area.)
Add red, green, and yellow pouch top apples to the apple tree. Now the apples can be picked from the apple tree and sorted by color into the matching colored cups!
Little learners will practice using visual discrimination skills during this activity. Their fine motor muscles will be used while pinching and picking up the apples from the tree. And simple math skills like counting and more or less can be discussed during play.
With activities like sorting colored apples, materials can be easily traded out for what you have on hand. If you haven't collected pouch tops over time, use pom poms or cut circles out of construction paper to use as apples instead!
On the hunt for even more apple themed activities for kids? Check out these fun ideas from some of my favorite kid bloggers.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Apple Counting Activity // The Pleasantest Thing
Felt Apple Pie Making Kit // Still Playing School
Free Apple Playdough Mats // Playdough to Plato
Free Apple Orchard I Spy and Scavenger Hunt // Life Over Cs
Apple Tree Quiet Book // Teach Me Mommy
Apple Number Match Up Activity // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Apple Color Sorting // Modern Preschool
Apple Puzzle Making // Play and Learn Everyday
Apple Collage // Powerful Mothering
Apple Print Animal Art Activity // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Toy Apple Busy Bag // Stay at Home Mama
Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples Song with Counting Printable // Study at Home Mama
Apple Time Write and Wipe // Fairy Poppins
Apples // Think Magnet
Apples Up on Top Name Activity // Fun-A-Day
Apple Patterns // The Kindergarten Connection