Apple Activities for Kids

Do you celebrate Apple Week in the classroom? It’s one of my favorite things about Fall and it can be such a fun experience for your students! But even if you aren’t going full-blown Apple Week, there’s still a ton you can do with apple activities here and there this month to help foster the Fall spirit while keeping your students highly engaged. 

I want to share a few of my favorite Apple activities for kids with you today. I’ve included a couple of snacks, a fun science experiment, and a FREEBIE apple drawing, plus a writing activity to kick things off!

I’ll even be introducing you to one of our newest Rooted in Reading books from our recently released October unit for 2nd Grade (where I pulled this FREEBIE just for you!)

First, let’s chat about apple snacks!

Apple Snacks

Making snacks definitely counts as an apple activity! Do these at home with your kiddos, at school with your students, or prep them and pass them out later! Whatever will work best for your classroom.

I have two fun options for you!

Apple Doughnuts

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Not gonna lie, my kids have been eating these Apple doughnuts every day since I introduced them a couple of weeks ago! At least they’re getting their apple a day, right?! Ha!

I find this to be such a fun snack for little ones and if you have the option of making these in your classroom, your students will have a blast. All you need is green apples, peanut butter, and sprinkles! If you have to avoid peanuts, you can go with a chocolate or caramel spread instead. A nice twist on the classic apple and peanut butter snack.

While you’re making the apple doughnuts, you can increase the learning by teaching about how apples grow, why they turn brown once you cut them, or the transition from Summer to Fall.

Here are the steps:

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This is super simple. You may want to prep your apples in advance if you’ll be having these at school but this is also a wonderful option for an after-school snack for your kids! 

First, core the apple then slice it into rings as you see above. Spread each slice with peanut butter or a spread of your choice and top it off with sprinkles. Voila, apple doughnuts!

Apple Trail Mix

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This snack mix is easier to prep and would be perfect to pull out right after a fun apple activity during snack time! You can make these in advance, bag them up, and hand them out to your students.

Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can make a snack bar and let them build their own! 

Here’s what’s inside:

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Grab mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and the star of the mix – Apple Cinnamon Cheerios! Mix them together and you’ve got yourself an apple trail mix. 

Well, I never said it was healthy but it sure is fun! Next, prepare yourself for the sugar rush with a fun science experiment!

Apple Science

Last year, when we were talking about apples we made apple sauce! While the apples were brewing, we did a mini-lesson and activity on the States of Matter. You can find that post HERE

This year we decided to do something with a bit more bang…

Apple Volcanoes

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Watch as your student’s eyes light up in amazement when these poisoned apples erupt like a volcano with an “evil” potion. Halloween is just around the corner, so if you weren’t quite ready for this in September, October would be a great time to make these poisoned apples, too.  

Either way, your students will have a blast with this apple activity!

If you’ve been missing STEM lessons in your classroom, maybe this activity can help fill the void. It’s an easy experiment that only requires a few ingredients: cored apples, baking soda, food coloring (optional), and vinegar.

Here are the instructions:

  • Core the apple, but cut half of the core and place it at the bottom of the apple to keep it plugged!
  • Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the apple
  • Add 2-3 drops of green food coloring (or color of choice)
  • Pour 1 tbsp of vinegar into the apple
  • Watch the magic!

Don’t worry, I’ve added these instructions in your FREEBIE download of apple activities for kids below. Speaking of FREEBIE, here’s a little Apple art!

{Searching for more STEM activities for your classroom, check out our Engagement Made Easy units right HERE.)

Apple Directed Drawing & Reading Response FREEBIE

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Have you ever read The Poisoned Apple by Anne Lambelet? When we read it for the first time a year ago, we knew we had to include it in our newest Rooted in Reading Curriculum for 2nd Grade!

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It’s a darkly humorous twist on the classic fairytale of Snow White. This time, the princess gives the poisonous apple away leaving the witch scrambling! It’s a must-read and it’s PERFECT for September or October (especially, if you’re celebrating the spooky season!)

After reading the story, students will complete an apple-directed drawing and write about what happened in the story. I pulled this activity from our October unit just for you.

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{Want to learn more about our New Reading Curriculum for 2nd grade? Check out Rooted in Reading 2nd Grade 2nd Edition right HERE.}

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