Apples are a huge hit in our house…apple slices, apple sauce, apple juice and, of course, apple pie! It was no surprise that our apple science activities this past week were a success, as well!
We began by reading the book How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro. This book has too much text for Grayson right now, so we only read certain parts of the book, scanned others and looked at all of the pictures. I suggest reading the book first to see what is appropriate for your learners. This is a great way to model ‘reading the pictures‘ and ‘reading the words’ for little ones.
We used the book to help us learn about our own apples as we dissected them, talked about the different parts, and the different types of apples.
We discussed in depth the life cycle of an apple and how it grows and continues to grow because the seeds create new apple trees. We discussed how the skin protects the apple from rotting and the seeds getting taken by birds or other animals and how that would prevent more trees from growing.
Then, Grayson made his Apple Life Cycle wheel. He colored the sections, the cover, we cut out the pages and attached them with a brad…and DONE!!! A super cute and easy science activity to help him remember the life cycle of an apple!
We were going to be done for the day, but Grayson wanted more science…and how could I say NO to that?!?! Next up, some apple investigation! Grayson picked an apple to investigate and we got started.
The purpose of this investigation was to help Grayson understand that everyday objects, including apples, are more than a fruit we eat with lunch. They are mass that has different sizes, colors, some are heavier, some lighter and they all have different properties. As, ‘little’ scientists, if we look close enough we might see something we wouldn’t have seen before…which was our goal for the activity!
He began by drawing a picture of his apple and labeling the color of the apple he chose. He was very particular about choosing a yellow that matched the best! Yep, he’s my son! 😉
Next, it was time to weigh how heavy his apple was. We used the alphabet dice from Lakeshore Learning to balance his apple and the last couple were a little bit tricky. We had to use our skills of observation to determine if it was more balanced one way or the other. We decided to take one dice out, and it was time to count.
We grabbed some yarn, next, to measure the circumference of the apple. We discussed how circumference measured the size around our apple. Grayson and I worked together to measure and I let him cut the yarn as I held it in place…I was only slightly terrified. Finally, he glued the yarn in place on his investigation page.
The last activity was one of Grayson’s favorites…we cut the apple open and counted the seeds. He was able to glue the seeds down and did a great job using small dots of glue.
After gluing the last seed, we were done with our apple science for the day…no matter how much he requested more (Kynlee might have taken a bite out of all the other apples…haha). You can get these activities and more in my Apples: Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Resources pack that you can differentiate for your little learners.