4. Make mini apple pies with canned biscuits and apple pie filling. Add a little filling to each biscuit and fold in half. Press the edges closed and bake according to the biscuit instructions.
5. Cut an apple in half, then into fourths, then into eighths. Talk about fractions and then eat an eighth.
6. Read Robert Frost’s poem “After Apple Picking.”
7. Write an apple acrostic poem.
8. Draw pictures of different varieties of apples, color, and label.
10. Eat an apple.
11. Take a trip to an apple orchard. (I wish we could do this; no apple orchards in South Texas.)
12. Go to an apple festival. (Again, none in Texas, but if you live north or east, you might be in luck.)
14. Draw a cartoon sequence of the events that an apple passes through from blossom to grocery store.
15. Divide your paper into four parts, and draw an apple tree in each of the four seasons. Read The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree.
17. Make an apple place mat. Cut a large piece of construction paper into an apple shape. Cut vertical slits in the paper, then weave in strips of a contrasting color.
18. Write ten words that describe how an apple tastes.
19. Make a list of products that are made from apples.
20. Find out how to prune an apple tree and how to graft an apple tree. Write a paragraph telling how to do these tasks in an apple orchard.
21. Make apple-shaped birthday cards for all your friends and relatives who have a birthday in September or October. Give the card with an apple for a birthday gift.
22. Drink hot apple cider.
23. Ask your friends and neighbors for their favorite apple recipe. Then invite them over for an apple party. Everyone brings his or her favorite apple apple dessert and a copy of the recipe. Make a booklet of apple recipes.
24. Make caramel apples.
25. Bob for apples.
26. How many words can you make out of the letters that spell “APPLESAUCE”?
27. Give each student an apple and a piece of poster board. Have students draw a picture of the apple in the center of the poster. Then make a poster by adding apple facts all around the apple. Measure the apple. Weigh it. Count the seeds. Put all this information on the poster.
28. Read the story of Snow White. Act it out, using a real but not poisoned apple, of course.
29. Cut an apple in half crosswise and look at the star in the center. Draw it.
30. Stand a bushel basket in the center of a table. Guess how many apples will fit in the basket. How much would the basket of apples weigh? How many books would fit in the same basket? When you’ve finished eating all the apples in the basket, fill it with books to find out.
31. Which two states claim the apple blossom as the state flower?
32. Try making an alphabet book with a picture of a different variety of apple for each letter of the alphabet: A is for Alexander and Arkansas Black, B is for Baldwin and Bailey Sweet, etc. Include pictures, either drawings or pictures from the internet.
34. Eat apples dipped in peanut butter or in honey.
35. Make an apple pie.
36. Tell the story of Atalanta from Greek mythology. Have a footrace and give the winner an apple.
37. Try to peel an apple in one continuous strip. See who can get the longest strip of unbroken peeling.
39. Make applesauce.
40. Use an apple corer and then cut the core in half to expose the “star” and then use that as a stamper in tempera paint to put stars on either an apple cutout or an apple tree.
41. Count the apple seeds inside an apple.
42. Burn an apple-scented candle to make the house smell all apple-y.
43. Collect a variety of round fruits such as an apple, peach, orange, nectarine, etc. Place the fruit in a bag. Choose a student to touch the fruit, describe it and guess its name. Repeat with each fruit, discussing the characteristics.
46. Find out why apples turn brown when you cut them. How can you keep them from turning?
48. Read The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven and then, make one. Reviewed at Becky’s Young Readers Blog.
50. Play the game Apples to Apples.
54. Find out which varieties of apple are best for cooking and which are best for eating raw. What makes each variety better for the given purpose?
56. Read the book Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSeig. Try to stack ten apples on top of someone’s head.
57. Plant an apple seed and see what happens.
64. Watch a funny movie: The Apple Dumpling Gang from 1975 starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts.
67. Or try some apple pie a la mode —with ice cream on top.
68. Hand out red and green construction paper and see who can tear the paper into the closest approximation of an apple shape.
69. Who was Pomona? Define pomology.
78. Shoot an apple off someone’s head? Too dangerous. Use rubber-tipped arrows and shoot the apple off a doll’s head or off the top of a pole or a fence. Read about William Tell.
80. Memorize Psalm 17:8 or Proverbs 7:2. More apple verses here.
81. Find Kazakhstan on the map. This region is where the wild ancestor of the apple is thought to have originated.
82. Find out whether the story of Isaac Newton the falling apple is true or not. Watch an episode of the science series Newton’s Apple if you can find one at the library.
83. Take an apple quiz.
85. What city is called the Big Apple? Why?
Walking Off the Big Apple: a Strolling Guide to you-know-where.
82. Write a story or a poem about an apple or about an apple doll or about the Big Apple or something else related to apples.
83. Drink some apple juice.
85. Host an Apple Party where you use some of the above activities to add to the festive apple fun.
89. Play Apple Corps (sort of like Mr. Potatohead).
90. Research the nutritional value of an apple and tell what each vitamin and mineral does for your body.
95. One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly, reviewed by Lesa. “One Bad Apple is an example of everything that is right with the cozy mystery. Her book has a likable heroine, an attractive small town setting, a slimy victim, and fascinating side elements.”
Also reviewed by Bookish Ruth. (for the adults)
96. A Shiny Red Apple by Patricia Karwatowicz techaes children that “God loves a cheerful giver.” Reviewed at Christian Children’s Book Reviews.
97. October 21st is Apple Day in England. Also check out