Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is September 26. Here are some apple ideas that can help your group celebrate this fall bounty.

Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Counting Apples
Cut an apple in half and use to make apple prints
On the top of a large piece of paper, write the numerals 1-10
Using the apples dipped in tempera paint, make the appropriate number of apples under each numeral

Apple Pizza
Core apples, slice into rings
Spread peanut butter or cream cheese onto apple slice
Top with coconut, raisins, blueberries, sunflower seeds, M&Ms, or other items

Apple Pie Cloud Dough
Mix 1 can shaving cream and 2 boxes of cornstarch together
Add 2 Tablespoons of apple pie spice
Add a few drops (4-5) of red food coloring

Apple Toss
Toss plastic apples into baskets
Place the baskets are different distances from a tape ‘Throw Line’

Painted Apple Tree
Use brown tempera paint to paint a tree trunk on a piece of paper
Scrunch up paper to make a ball
Dip the paper ball in red, yellow and green paint and make apple prints on the tree trunk

Patterning with Apples
Cut out apples from red, green and yellow construction paper
Make pattern cards for children to follow – example: red, green, red, green
Children create patterns with the paper apples

Picking Apples
Draw and color an apple tree onto paper; laminate for durability
Place red, green, and yellow pompoms on tree for ‘apples’
Use a die or spinner; children roll the die/spin and then use tweezers to ‘pick’ the correct number of apples

Grocery Bag Apple
Cut apple shapes from the inside of a grocery bag – 2 for each child
Children sponge paint the grocery bag apples
Hold the paper apples together and punch holes about every 1-2 inches around the outside edge
Children sew the pieces together, leaving a space at the top
Stuff scrunched up newspaper into the opening and finish sewing apple shut