Dramatic Play Apple Activities

These apple activities for your dramatic play apple orchard center are both fun and educational.

Your kids will love to pretend baking apple pies, cooking apple butter and applesauce and more!

Apple Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten
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Apple Activities for the Dramatic Play Center

I used brown pom-poms that are similar in color to cooked apples. Invite the children to use the pom-poms to cook and bake apple goods to sell in the dramatic play apple orchard market stand.

Include mixing bowls, rolling pins, measuring cups and spoons in your dramatic play center to encourage scooping, pouring and rolling. As children cook they are using math skills such as:

  • Estimation: How many more pom-poms will fit in this jar?
  • Counting and Measuring: How many scoops of apples will fit in the pie?
  • More and Less: Which jar of applesauce has more apples? Which jar has less?

In the picture above you can see the plastic containers I used to hold the pretend apple butter and applesauce. The children scoop and pour pom-poms into the containers to create apple butter and applesauce to sell at the apple orchard market.

I also created a free set of labels for you to use in your dramatic play apple orchard, keep reading to grab your copy!

Dramatic Play Apple Orchard Video

I created a video tour of my apple orchard dramatic play center, I hope you like it!

Felt Apple Pie for Pretend Play

Felt Apple Pie Supplies

Here are the supplies you will need to create your own felt apple pie.

How to Make Felt Apple Pie for Play

How to Make a Felt Apple Pie for Pretend Play

To create an apple pie for pretend play, first use the marker to trace around a small paper plate on the felt. Trace two circles, one for the top crust and one for the bottom crust.

Next, cut out the circles and make a few small cuts in the top crust to resemble the vents in the top of a real pie.

Then, place the pom-poms, felt crust, pie pans, and cooking utensils in your dramatic play center and watch the kids have tons of fun creating apple pies!

Free Printable Apple Labels for Pretend Play

Free Printable Apple Labels for Pretend Play
Click on the picture above to download the free printable apple labels for your dramatic play center. Just print the labels, cut out, and attach to the front of plastic containers.

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Tips for Teaching Scissor Cutting Skills

Learning how to use scissors plays an important role in developing the fine motor skills young children need in order to hold pencils and crayons.

Having strong fine motor skills will help children as they begin the tricky process of learning how to write.

It might sound easy, but teaching young children how to cut with scissors is a very complex task.

Tips for Teaching Scissor Skills
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Sequence of Scissor Skills

This is the order in which cutting skills should be introduced to young children.

  • Rip
  • Snip
  • Fringe
  • Straight lines
  • Zig zag lines
  • Curved lines (circles, waves, hearts)
  • Right angles (squares and rectangles)

The Importance of Ripping Paper

Scissor Skill Definitions

Ripping sturdy paper such as construction paper is the perfect activity for young children to engage in before being introduced to scissors. Children exercise their tripod grasp- or their thumb and first two fingers as they grip the paper to rip it. Ripping also requires children to move their hands in opposite directions at the same time which helps develop bilateral coordination skills. Cut sturdy paper into strips and invite children to rip away! When they demonstrate they are ready, move to larger pieces of paper.

Snipping is the act of opening and closing the scissors one time only which results in successfully cutting something. Snipping will help children develop the muscles in their hands necessary to cut longer lines later so their hands won’t become fatigued.

Fringe is repetitive snipping without cutting the paper in half.

Developing Scissor Skills in Preschool

The Importance of Scissor Skills

The opening and closing motion of cutting with scissors helps children develop the small muscles in their hands otherwise known as fine motor skills. These muscles are crucial for holding a pencil or crayons and gripping and manipulating objects.

Cutting also helps develop eye-hand coordination as children hold the paper with one hand and cut with the other while tracking the movement of the scissors with their eyes.

Another important skill that is developed through cutting is bilateral coordination. Bilateral coordination involves using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing different tasks. For example, to cut a square, the child must hold the paper with one hand and turn it while the other hand is not only opening and closing the scissors but also moving along the line. Easier said than done!

Teaching Kids How to Use Scissors

Tips for Teaching Scissor Skills

Provide high quality scissors for beginners- my absolute favorite brand is Fiskars. Fiskars open and close easily and have a short, blunt tip for safety. Cheaper scissors tend not to cut as well and lead to frustration.

Wrap electrical tape around the thumb hole so children will know where to put their thumb.

Use a song or chant to remind kids where their fingers belong. I use Dr. Jean’s Scissor Snips song from her All Day Long CD.

Start with snipping things like paint chips, play dough, and straws.

Draw lines with a ruler on construction paper and cut into strips with a paper cutter. Place stickers between lines on the strips and invite children to snip on the lines.

Place samples of each child’s snippings in an envelope and label with their name and date. Place the envelopes in the children’s portfolios to discuss at parent conferences.

Use a ruler to draw evenly spaced lines from the bottom of a square piece of green construction paper up two inches. Then, place insect stickers at the top of each line. Invite children to fringe the paper by cutting on the lines. When they have finished cutting, fold the fringe upwards to create the effect of bugs hiding in the grass.

Save the fronts of old greeting cards (age appropriate of course) and invite children to cut as they choose. Cards are thicker and provide more resistance and stability that helps beginners hold the paper and maneuver the scissors.

Provide rolling pins in the play dough center.

Provide activities that use tools such as tongs, hole punches, tweezers, eyedroppers, and clothespins to strengthen fine motor skills.

Fine Motor Tools

Tools to Support the Development of Scissor Skills

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Environmental Print Activities

You don’t have to be a teacher to know that young children begin to “read” signs before they can actually read. This is environmental print at work.

Think about your own children or children you know who can tell you what a stop sign says or identify restaurant logos long before they are formally reading.

You can use environmental print in the classroom to support the development of emergent literacy skills.

Using activities in the classroom that are meaningful to kids helps make new concepts- like letters and words, easier to learn.

5 Free Environmental Print Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten

Environmental Print Pocket Chart Activities

Your kids will feel confident and successful “reading” this pocket chart during literacy centers in your classroom.

Packed full of valuable literacy learning, this activity also reinforces concepts of print! There are two pocket chart packets available for you to download at the bottom of the environmental print page.

Printable Literacy Pocket Chart Activity for Preschool and Kindergarten

Environmental Print Class Book

Environmental Print What’s for Breakfast? Book

Nothing is more meaningful to a child than his or her name and picture! Use their interest to create a class book that contains their favorite breakfast cereal, pictures, and names.

Young children will be highly motivated to “read” this book independently, so place a copy in your classroom library!

Printable Environmental Print Bingo Game

Environmental Print Bingo

Everybody loves bingo! This printable game uses logos that are familiar to young children. Download your free copy of the Environmental Print Bingo game today and get your print party started!

Environmental Print Traffic Signs Free Printable for #preschool

Environmental Print in the Block Center

Incorporating meaningful print in the block center is the perfect way to combine learning and fun in the classroom! Learn how to use these printable traffic signs to make connections to meaningful print in your classroom.

Printable Note to Parents about Environmental Print

Environmental Print Note to Parents

Enlist the help of your parents to collect environmental print for use in your classroom with this printable note.

This note explains what environmental print is and how it supports vital emergent literacy skills. You can download this printable note at the bottom of the environmental print page.

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