Create a fun DIY Apple Game for exploring science with force and motion with your child. Here’s how to make your own apple game tray!
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Ten Apples Up On Top Game
Come join us for our Apple Themed Science Activity with your child as we welcome the season of fall. It’s apple week at our new Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids! This week we’re featuring the book Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss.
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
WATCH NOW the video of our APPPLE GAME
DIY Apple Game
Let’s explore SCIENCE with our kids by focusing on Force and Motion with this apple game.
TEACHABLE MOMENT : A force is any push or pull. Even the pull of gravity is a force.Forces are a great introduction to physics for young kids. Little kids are always working the laws of physics. Talking about them and getting them to ask question is the key. With this apple game your child or students should begin to make some observations about force, motion and even friction.
Here’s how to make and play…
1. Begin by reading the storyTen Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss and talk about how all those apples were able to stay on top of the Lion, Tiger and Dog’s head. We even made a special STEM game to go along with the book. CLICK HERE to see it.
2. Using Scissors poke a whole in the box lid for the DIY Apple Game so that the wooden beads (aka apples) can go through the holes. We made four holes for the apples. If you make too many that it takes away the challenge of the game. Be sure to make the hole’s in proportion to the apple object that you are using. Even red pompom or red pony beads would work, just use what you have around the house.
3. Encourage your child to draw an apple tree inside of the box lid. If you have a younger child feel free to draw the out line for them and then work with them to fill in between the lines.
Older kids should be able to create their own. If they need inspiration for the tree, take a peek at this apple harvest video.
4. Once the apple tree is all colored in be sure that the “apples” aka red wooden beads are able to fit into the holes snuggly.
Now it’s time for some fun with motion with your DIY Apple game
5. Encourage your child to take the apples challenge by asking them to place the “apples” into the box and attempt to move them around the box until they can get them to go into the holes on the box.
Apple Science for Preschoolers
There are all types of learning going on as your child play this DIY Apple Game. They are focusing on learning…
- fine motor skills
- eye hand coordination
- basic principles of science with force and motion
Plus you can discuss a little bit about friction as well if you change up the apple item you’re using. This is when you begin to ask the “wh” questions about what they are observing and build vocabulary together. Building Science vocabulary at an early age can make such a huge success in your child’s educational future.
There are so many other ways to explore science with apples from applesauce to colors of apples too!
For the rest of the week I’ll be sharing more Apple Ideas with you on The Educators’ Spin On It so be sure to check back! Until then you can also play this Apple Math Game, Apple Sight Word Game or make an apple pie. Here’s a Kid’s Apple Pie Recipe that I made with my daughter and her friends.
For more focus on apple science check out our playful preschool videos & dramatic play idea about Picking Apples . Now let me share with you a few of my favorite apple themed books to read this week too.
Apple Themed Children’s Books
It wouldn’t be apple week without a full week of books about apples. Here are some of our favorite apple books that we enjoy reading at our house. Each one of them would go along with this apple game too.
Apples by Gail Gibbons
Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabth Wallace
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
I Am an Apple (Hello Science Reader!) by Jean Marzello
Curious George Apple Harvest
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books) by Marjorie Priceman
Do you have a favorite apple book? Share below!
YOU’RE INVITED. We’re inviting you to join along and share your own apple themed ideas with your child or students using the featured story Ten Apples Up on Top or one of the other Apple Books mentioned above. You can share on our facebook page or join our VBC Facebook Group.
VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB HOSTS: Plus we’re inviting you to visit our Virtual Book Club for Kids cohosts sites for additional activity ideas all about Apples. I’m featuring below here for you to go check out and get ideas for your preschooler ages 2-5.
Apple Themed Activities for Preschoolers
Stacking Apples Games: A Fall STEM Game – The Educators’ Spin On It
Magnetic Names Apple Picking – Preschool Powol Packets
How to Trace Your Name With Fingerprint Apples – Big Owl Little Owl Witty Hoots
Fine motor Apple Graphing Activity – Extremely Good Parenting
Ten Apples Up On Top File Folder Game – Views From a Step Stool
Sequencing Number Words – Adventures of Adam
2 Ingredient Apple Scented Playdough– Rainy Day Mum
Finger Painted Apple Trees – Clares Little Tots
Play Dough Apple Stacking Activity – Inspiration Laboratories
Apple Snack for Kids – CraftCreateCalm
Preschool Learning Fun for Ten Apples Up on Top – Mama Smiles
Science in Motion Apple Game – The Educators’ Spin On It
Stacking Levitation Apple Magnets – Teach Beside Me
Apple Color Mixing Science Experiment – Powerful Mothering
Colorful Spin Art Apple Banner for Kids– Toddler Approved
Apple Themed Pre-Writing Activity – Sugar Aunts
Ten Apples Up On Top Movement Activity – Still Playing School
Are Apples Round? Fun Ways for Exploring Shapes – Peakle Pie
What Apple Themed Activity are you going to try first?
If you’re looking for more ideas like this science activity for kids. GRAB A COPY of our new book 100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids!
Next week #VBCforKids is featuring the theme of FRIENDSHIP with a book from Mo Willems called Should I Share my Ice Cream?