Apple tasting is a must for a preschool apple theme (in my opinion)! Lots of fun and playful learning, especially when the findings are turned into a class book.
I know apple taste-testing is by no means an original idea on my part! I still like to do it every year for multiple reasons:
- It’s another real way to engage the children in learning. They’re able to use all of their senses during this activity.
- It’s fun, and the kiddos love it!
- There’s tons of language development throughout this activity. I love to hear how the children describe the apples, and they learn new ways to discuss what they’re sensing.
- Science and math are interwoven with literacy! We used our senses, we observed, we discussed, we sorted, we graphed, we compared data, and we wrote about our findings.
A fellow teacher brought in this cool contraption so we could peel, core, and slice the apples all at once:
I had a blast using it, and the kiddos lined up to get a turn with it!
Once we had samples of each apple (red, green and yellow), we tasted them. After everyone had sampled each apple, Mary Poppins recorded each child’s favorite apple. Once that was done, we kept using the handy-dandy apple peeler/corer/slicer until we were out of apples. Honestly, I think some of the children ate their weight’s worth of apples! I’m not going to argue with a healthy snack, though. 🙂
The following day, the children and I made a class book about our favorite apples. The oh-so-riveting title was “We Like Apples”, and every kiddo had a page (as did Mary Poppins and I). My page said “Mary Catherine likes yellow apples”, and every page followed that same pattern. Mary Poppins laminated the pages when we were done, and we used a hole punch and binder clips to turn it into a class book for our reading center.
What’s the big deal with the class book? Here’s my two cents:
- It contains predictable text, so it’s easier for the children to read.
- Every child has ownership over the book, since every child made a page of the book.
- It relates to a specific activity that all of the kiddos enjoyed.
- It contains sight words the children can learn.
- I could go on and on about this, but I’ll be nice and stop here. 🙂
If you’d like a free copy of the pages for the “We Like Apples” book, click on the picture — I have it saved as a free file in my Teachers Notebook store. Help yourself!
Have you ever taste-tested apples with the kiddos? Which did your children prefer?