Fall themes are my absolute favorite themes, so I’m hoping I can post a couple of these within the coming months. However, seeing as I have little to no time to work on blog stuff at work (and my life outside of work is pretty busy too), I honestly think that I’ll be lucky to post more than 1 favorite theme this season. But we’ll see… Maybe the stars will align or something.
I’m also changing up how I do favorite themes. I’ll still post a PDF of my favorite books like usual, but I’ll also be posting PDFs of any flannelboard templates I make. As for crafts, STEM, and other storytime activities (including rhymes), I’ll be providing links to those at the end of the post. I want to be sure to credit others, and I think providing links is the best way to do that.
So, here we go:
Apple Books PDF:
Apple Flannelboard Templates:
Click the images to be taken to the PDFs of the flannelboard templates. The first image is for the flannelboard rhyme, “Five Little Apples” (Credit). The second image is for the “A-P-P-L-E” flannelboard song (Credit). The second image will take you to a previous post of mine — scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the PDFs of the apple images. To make the flannelboard, print out the apple images, tape or glue them to construction paper, and then tape or glue the letters to the other side.
Apple Crafts, STEM, and Other Activities
- Everyone knows that worms like to live in apples, so introducing an activity that focuses on worms can add a nice variety to your storytime. This Wiggle Worms game by Little Family Fun is one of my favorite activities to do in storytime! It works well with almost any age group, and it’s a good way to change up your regular storytime.
- If you don’t mind a little mess in your storytimes, try this super cute Apple Prints craft from Make and Takes. While they used Popsicle sticks as handles for the apples, you can also use those nifty corn on the cob holders too. Or do without handles and let the kids pick the apples up and stamp away.
- Want a cute apple craft, but not a big mess? I don’t blame you! This Tissue Paper Apple Craft from Storytime Katie is super cute and doesn’t require any paint!
- Looking to add some STEM to your storytime? Here’s a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Apple Science! (I couldn’t just choose one activity, when there are so many great ones on there!)
- You can’t have an apple storytime without talking about apple picking! This Apple Picking/Finding Game from So Tomorrow is not only a great way for kids to stretch their legs and get their wiggles out, but it also gives the storyteller a breather.
- This Picking Up the Fruits rhyme from What Happens In Storytime is a great sorting activity! If you want to keep it limited to apples only, you can change it to picking up red apples, green apples, yellow apples, etc.
- A storytime roundup would not be complete without a five little whats-its rhyme. My favorite is Five Apples in a Basket by Future Librarian Superhero.
- Like to use props in storytime? 1234 More Storytimes has a great prop to use for the 2 Red Apples rhyme.
- And, just in case you missed them, here are the rhymes for the flannelboard templates from above: Busy Crafting Mommy’s Five Little Apples rhyme (there are many great versions of this rhyme which are linked in her post). And A-P-P-L-E by RovingFiddlehead Kidlit.