Saturday, September 29, 2012

An Apple A Day

As most of you know, Johnny Appleseed's birthday was Wednesday, Sept. 26th!  With that in mind, we chose to have an apple theme this week.

The kiddos really enjoyed the apple theme.  We certainly kept busy, that's for sure!!

Usually, we make up our poems, but this time, I found a whole bunch on , so we decided to just use the ones from here for most of the week.

For Monday, we chose to make a coffee filter apple! This turned out so awesome. We had the children color their coffee filter with red, yellow, and green markers. Then we wet the coffee filter just a bit to make the colors run.  The original post for this was found on Pinterest and on this website: It really turned out cute. Someone even posted on a comment that it would be cute made (using different colors of course) for a leaf craft!

Tuesday, we chose for the kiddos to make an apple craft, showing what was inside an apple.  We had them use the bingo dabbers to go around the edge of the apple (red) then with a green bingo dabber, they bingo dabbed the leaf green.  The stem was colored brown.  Then inside the middle of the apple, we had the kiddos dip their finger onto a black stamp pad and made some fingerprint seeds.

Wednesday, we actually did two different crafts!! We made the Johnny Appleseed headband, that resembled a pot.  For the headband, we changed Johnny's  name for the children's names.  We also had each child make an apple print onto an apple sheet along with the Johnny Appleseed Prayer!! After the craft making, we sliced up some apples and gave everyone a snack!! This was a busy day, but, loads of fun!! Hey see that mighty colorful table and chairs (Behind that tree is a table and it has four very colorful animal chairs.)  I'll have to get a picture of that for next week.. anyway.. It was donated to our classroom from a former student and his family!! Thank you very much to the Perry Family for that!!  :)  WE LOVE IT! I made an extra headband for Miya and brought it home for her to model! I didn't want to put one of my class kiddos on the blog, especially without permission!!!!  :)

Thursday, we couldn't go a week without a handprint and footprint craft! We created apple trees!!  Parents loved them!! We used the foot as the trunk, hands for the leaves on the tree, and drops of red glitter glue for the shiny apples.  I found a picture of an apple basket online (clipart) and placed the pictures on a page and we cut them out to sit at the bottom of the "tree"!  We added a poem.  Adorable!!

Friday, we made an artwork holder.  The apple was painted red, bingo dabbed the leaf green, and painted the stem of the apple brown.  We included everyone's name on the leaf and the year.  Melissa hot glued a clothespin to the back of the painted apple and I adhered some magnetic strips to each clothespin.  We did discover the magnetic buttons work much better than the magnetic strip. The buttons are stronger magnets! I posted a picture of the strip and the buttons.  On each apple we put the words: Look What I Did! Oops, I think I may have written two different things on the apples.. This one says, "Look what I made!"   :)  Probably another distraction!!  Oh well, either works!!

October will bring lots of fun to the classroom! We're very excited. Join us next week to see how we began our month! A little hint for homework we will have a square!!  :)  We will return all our circle homework to replace it with the squares! I'll have to grab a picture of some of our circles that came back for homework, the first week of school!!  We had a fabulous turn out.. there were 20 returned out of 21!!

Blessings until next week!!

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