Name activities are a staple in my classroom. I thought it would be fun to create a few based around a preschool apple theme. Even better, these name ideas are perfect for extending the book Ten Apples Up On Top!
Printable Letter Apples Up on Top
Here’s how to use printable apples for a fun, apple-themed name activity with the kids
Letter apples (free printable HERE)
Pictures or drawings
Prep the letter apples. I printed out my own letter apples, but there are other ways to make them – letters could be handwritten on apple die-cuts or hand-cut apples. It doesn’t have to be anything super fancy!
Once the letter apples are ready, I’d suggest laminating them. They’ll hold up through repeated uses this way (I know this from personal experience)! Do the same with a drawing or photo of the child(ren).
For this activity, use a pocket chart, a large piece of paper, a piece of cardboard, or just the kitchen table. Encourage the kiddo to make her name, with the first letter apple up on top and placing each subsequent letter below. At the bottom of her name, she can add the photo or drawing of herself!
In the classroom, this activity is perfect at a pocket chart. Leave the laminated photos of the kiddos, along with the letter apples, nearby. During circle time or center time, the children can practice making their names and their friends’ names!
Stamping Name Apples Up on Top
Of course you can use apple stamping art to make a fun apple name activity for the kids.
Fork or corn holder (optional – to hold the apple easier)
Let the child delve into apple print making. He may want to create and explore this concept for a while, and that’s just fine! Once he’s satisfied that exploration, have him make one apple print for each letter of his name.
When the apple prints are dried, cut them out and write a letter on each. Depending on the child, he can help with this process too!
Then set up the activity just like the first one. Again, this activity would work well at home or in the classroom!
Letter Matching Apple Name Activity
If you and the kids want to combine both of the above activities, it’s like double the fun!
Printable letter apples
Apple print letters
For this, combine the letter apples from the two previous activities. Depending on the child, this activity could be done in different ways:
- Place one set of letter apples out to spell her name. Then have her match those letters with the painted apple print letters.
- Use either name set to put her name together on her own. Make it into a game by mixing up the letters and seeing if she can reassemble her name.
- Place the letter apples near a sensory writing tray and encourage her to write her name in the tray.
Which of these apples up on top name activities would your kids like the most? If you try it out, I’d love to see pictures of the process over on Fun-A-Day’s Facebook page!
Find More Apple Activities
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 // Study at Home Mama
Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples Song with Counting Printable // Stay at Home Educator
Apple Time Write and Wipe // Fairy Poppins
Apples // Think Magnet
Apples Up on Top Name Activity // Fun-A-Day
Apple Patterns // The Kindergarten Connection
Apple Theme Preschool Lesson Plans
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for classroom teachers and home preschool families so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas, book suggestions, and the following printables:
- Apple Number Cards (0-35)
- “Counting Apples” emergent reader
- “I See Apples” emergent reader
- Apple Letters (uppercase and lowercase in both red and green)
- Apple Life Cycle Cards (in color and b/w)
- Label the Apple Diagram (in color and b/w) with labeling cards
- Apple Pattern Cards
- Put the Apples on the Tree Game Mat
- Editable cover and pages for a class apple book
Get Your Preschool Apple Lesson Plans
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