Apple Unit Study for Preschool and Kindergarten

Fall is upon us, and apples are in season. Plan a visit to an orchard in your area while working on a unit study. Here are our favorites to get you started.

Apple Unit Study for Preschool and Kindergarten {Includes ideas for books, activities, crafts, and printables} |

1. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

We use the Memoria Press classical curriculum, and this book was a recent read aloud. It quickly became one of my daughter’s favorites. Follow along to find ingredients for the perfect apple pie, all over the world.

how to make an apple pie and see the world

If you use a classical curriculum, or Five in a Row, you can find copywork here. You could also quiz your child on their comprehension of the story with these matching transportation cards.

My daughter wanted to make an apple pie, but I’m inept with cooking. I’m thinking this Melissa and Doug Apple Pie kit might be a better idea for us. If you’re up to the challenge, here is a basic apple pie recipe.

2. Apple Picking Time

Are you ready to visit an apple orchard? This adorable book from Michele Slawson will help get you in the mood. Beautiful watercolor illustrations accompany the harvest story. Ages 4-8.

apple craft with worm

Finish off your reading time with a peekabo apple craft. You probably have most of the craft supplies on hand. Need a little more fun? Check out the apple harvesting game. (may be too difficult for young children)

3. Ten Apples Up on Top!

No list about apple books would be complete without this Dr Seuss classic! Children can practice counting, rhyming, and identifying sight words. Ages 4-8

apple grid game

Keep working on math skills with Apple Grid games like these.

4. Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie

The hysterical Amelia Bedelia is back again, taking everything literally. She visits the farmer’s market, thinking that it’s a place to buy farmers! Her antics bring giggles to children and grown ups, too! Ages 4-8

apple pie playdough craft

If you don’t have the time to make an apple pie, how about some apple pie play dough?

apple rice krispy treats
Ready for a tasty apple treat? These apple rice krispy treats are perfect for home or for sharing with friends!

5. Apple Fractions

Ready to work on fraction skills? This book gets you started with dividing apples into halves, thirds, fourths and more. You’ll also learn about different varieties of apples. Ages 4-8

Keep your math skills sharp after storytime with this review game. Dot to dot pages help reinforce fine motor skills.

6.Autumn is for Apples

The simple rhyming text in this story is sure to delight preschoolers.

apple printable apple maze printable

Work on writing skills with these apple printables. Kindergarten students can practice identifying uppercase and lowercase letters with these mazes.

7.How do Apples Grow?

It’s time for science! Learn the life cycle of the apple before you head off to the orchard! Ages 4-8. You can even practice this apple rhyme, or create felt board sets.

8.Apple Farmer Annie

Follow Annie as she makes applesauce, muffins and even apple cider! Delicious! Ages 3-7.

apple unit study
Looking for more apple resources? Check out this apple unit study from 2 Teaching Mommies.

9.Apple Pie Tree

More science here, with lessons about trees, pollination, seasons of the year, birds and more.
Don’t miss this lapbook for more fun activities after you’ve finished the book. Older students can practice their literary skills with an apple word find.

10. Johnny Appleseed

Finish out your apple unit study with the legend of John Cabot, better known as Johnny Appleseed. This tale reinforces the need for kindness and respect for all living things. Ages 4-8.

Wrap up your apple unit study with this giant resource from Erica – everything from Bible verses, math and phonics is included here!

What apple books are you reading this fall? Leave a comment with your favorites!

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When she’s not busy visiting apple orchards with her children, Dianna reigns over The Kennedy Adventures. She shares her faith with others, and is hard at work training for her second half marathon. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and her new obsession, Pinterest.

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Dianna Kennedy is the mother of six, writing at The Kennedy Adventures. She shares resources for Catholic homeschooling, including printable Rosary cards for children and Saint Fun Fact Cards. Connect with her on G+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


  1. Anna @ Lawrence Girls says

    What wonderful ideas! I love the apple rice krispy treats. :)

    Stopping over from Tip Junkie.

    • says

      I LOVE fall …. and it’s funny, as this post went to ‘press’, my sons came home from preschool with an apple theme, too!

  2. says

    If you don’t feel your cooking skills are up to pie, try apple crisp. It’s easy and can have the flavor you want. Or buy an apple pie from the store bakery for the day you kick off your unit.

    • says

      That’s an idea, too. I’ll admit that I don’t like apple pie (I just don’t like baked fruit!), so ‘buy the pie from the store’ is more my style!

  3. says

    We’ve always meant to do a unit study like this — I think we even have an apple one that we haven’t gotten around to yet. The paper plate craft and the apple rice krispies are just too cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Michelle @ 5MFSN


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