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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Help children learn more about apples in a playful hands-on way with the apple activities in this comprehensive set of lesson plans for preschool, PreK and TK classrooms. This apple theme preschool lesson plan pack can be used during the fall, back-to-school time, in conjunction with a fruit theme, aligned with exploring the letter A, etc. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
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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Just found your page, adorable ideas? where do you get the little divided trays for your play dough experiences?
Sorry no question mark, exclamation mark!!!!! I’ve already pinned several ideas!!!!!
So glad you like the ideas we share here! We bought our divided trays at Walmart. They are usually in the seasonal tableware section. Dollar Tree also has similar trays.
My daughter loves play dough!
Thanks for sharing at Apples, Apples, and more Apples!
Love this playful idea! Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity at TGIF! I featured this today. I hope to see you linked up again later today,
Have a great weekend,
Thanks so much, Beth! I love your linky, and I appreciate the feature.
The pretend worms are awesome. Love it. I’ll be featuring this on The Sunday Showcase this weekend. Thanks for linking up!
Aren’t they fun, Allison? That was definitely the kids favorite part of this invitation. Thanks so much for featuring this post.
This is so awesome! The tray itself is super inviting. I want to play with it!
Thanks! It was hard not to join in on this one! 😉
Oh my goodness this is too cute! And looks like a blast! I can’t wait to do this with my girls! Sharing and pinning!
Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous ideas as always! 🙂
Thank you! I hope your girls have lots of fun!
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
I love this play dough tray! Your ideas for sensory play are great. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Sarah! We had a lot of fun with this one.