Are Apples Round? Fun Ways for Exploring Shapes

Are Apples Round?

Peakles and I love this month’s book for the Virtual Book Club which is 10 Apples up on Top by Dr Suess.  This was one of our favourite books when Peakles was a toddler.  She loved joining in and became obsessed with apple counting in the supermarket!  She still loves this book and really enjoyed our activity too!

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Using Apples to Talk About Shapes

We decided to take a good look at our bag of 10 apples from the market and see if they were all the same shape.  This would lead to some interesting conversations about basic mathematics around 2D and 3D shapes plus we got to eat them too!

Materials & Equipment

10 different apples   pictures of an apple  other fruit

paper   sharp knife (adult supervision needed)   paint

Looking at Our Apples

First, we talked about the pictures of apples we had, including the apples in the book, apples in magazines and online as well. Then we thought they looked like solid circles and were flat as well.  We talked about similarities and differences between 2D pictures of a circle and an apple.

Next, we looked at a single apple and noted it was a round shape, a sphere that was similar to a ball.  We talked about how it dipped at the top and the bottom where the stalk and flower had been.  Peakles also noted that it had bumps on the side as well.  We also noted that each apple was a different size and had different colours and bumps.  We then looked at the book and saw that all the apples in the book were different sizes and shapes too!

Making Apple Prints

First, we took two apples and decided to cut them in half.  One apple was cut around the middle and the other was cut in half from the stalk to flower.  We noted that the apple pips in the centre looked different.  The apple that had been cut around the middle looked like a star shape in the centre.  The apple that had been cut lengthways from stalk to flower had a more oval shape in the middle.

Next, we dipped our apple halves in the paint and then pressed them onto the paper.  We saw that the prints were different as well.  The apple cut in half around the middle made a circular print and the apple cut lengthways made a shape more like a heart or butterfly.

Finally, we had great fun making a printed art paper to put on our wall!

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We loved reading the book again and doing this activity, which is a great way to introduce mathematical terms when describing 2D and 3D shapes to youngsters!

 

Virtual Book Club 2016-2017

 

Peakles and I are thrilled to be a co-host for the Virtual Book Club organised by Rainy Day Mum, The Educators Spin on It and Toddler Approved.  Join us on a weekly basis, where we read a book and do a related activity as well.

We would LOVE to have you join the Virtual Book Club for Kids too! Just read the book and do an apple themed activity with your kids! Be sure to join us at the VBC Facebook page too! If you want more details about the VBC (including a list of upcoming books), click here.
Check out all these other apple themed activities that are perfect for preschoolers:
Name Activities
Magnetic Names Apple Picking  – Preschool Powol Packets
How to Trace Your Name With Fingerprint Apples  – Big Owl Little Owl Witty Hoots
Number Activities
Fine motor Apple Graphing Activity – Extremely Good Parenting
Ten Apples Up On Top File Folder Game – Views From a Step Stool
Sequencing Number Words – Adventures of Adam
Sensory Play Activities
Finger Painted Apple Trees – Clares Little Tots
Play Dough Apple Stacking Activity – Inspiration Laboratories
Cooking Activities
Apple Snack for Kids – CraftCreateCalm
Science Activities
Science in Motion Apple Game – The Educators’ Spin On It
Teach Beside Me- Magnet Levitating Apple stacking
Color Activities
Pre-Writing Activities
Movement Activities
Ten Apples Up On Top Movement Activity – Still Playing School
Move Like a Tree Activity- Kori at Home
Shape Activities 

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