During our recent apple theme we made a new batch of apple play dough. Then I set up this simple apple-inspired invitation to play.
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We started with the basic No-Cook Play Dough Recipe in The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book. Then we added red food coloring and a bit of apple scented shampoo to add a little hint of apple to our dough.
For the invitation to play Lovey and I collected some leaves and small twigs outside. Then we set them up in a tray along with pretend worms and red beans to represent seeds. You could also use real apple seeds, but we didn’t collect quite enough and I thought they might be too small for the toddlers to handle well.
At first the kids made things like apple pie, apple bread, wormy apples. etc.
Later they decided the worms needed a home other than an apple, so they built this “castle” complete with a two-car garage and new wheels to drive. Isn’t play dough an awesome way to promote creativity? I just love to see which direction their play takes them.
Often the kids will ask that I read aloud to them while they play with play dough. Below are some of the books we enjoyed reading about apples.
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
- Apple Number Cards (0-35)
- “Counting Apples” emergent reader
- “I See Apples” emergent reader
- Apple Letters (uppercase and lowercase in both red and green)
- Apple Life Cycle Cards (in color and b/w)
- Label the Apple Diagram (in color and b/w) with labeling cards
- Apple Pattern Cards
- Put the Apples on the Tree Game Mat
- Editable cover and pages for a class apple book
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