Tinker loves any activity that involves water play, so I recently set up this simple “bobbing” for apples fall activity for her. It’s a fun way to practice fine motor skills. You can also incorporate counting and sorting activities with these materials.
I started with a large bowl full of water. Then we added some decorative apples that I found at Walmart in the floral section. Tinker had fun uses tongs to “bob” for apples.
At first she simply concentrated on picking up the apples with the tongs. She was working hard! In the picture above you’ll see her little mouth was opening and closing along with the tongs–this is normal to see as kids are developing their ability to use tongs, scissors, and similar tools.
Once she was more comfortable with picking up the apples, she naturally started sorting them by color. You can also invite kids to do this by setting colored bins out with your original play invitation.
This activity was a bit too easy for Lovey, but she wanted to give it a try. She found it quite entertaining to try and pick up two apples at a time…which led to a lot of apples bouncing around and a lot of giggles from both girls.
Printable Apple Theme Lesson Plans
Are you teaching an apple-inspired theme soon?
Check out our apple theme lesson plans. We have a general apples theme and a book-based Ten Apples Up on Top theme. Both are full of hands-on learning activities that include reading, math, science, fine motor activities, sensory play, and more.
These sets are designed for home preschool, but we’re thinking of you too classroom teachers. We’ll have classroom versions available for your use soon!