Our theme today stemmed from the book How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. It is a cute book about a little girl traveling the world to get the ingredients to make an apple pie. I told the kids we were going to make an apple pie using a recipe in a story book. They were so excited. As we read the book, the kids took turns placing red “apple” circles on our world map to show all the places the girl in our story visited. Three and four year olds saying “Sri Lanka” is priceless.We had fun in the kitchen. Six little hands worked together to push down on the apple core/slicer, measure/mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt, shape the pie crust, make small pie crust apples to decorate the top, and brush on an egg wash.
While the pie was cooking we played outside for a bit and then read Ten Apples on Top. For a movement activity we pretended that beanbags were apples on top of our heads. We had an obstacle course to walk, hop, and crawl through while trying to balance an “apple” on our heads. Then we made “Apples on Top” headbands. The kids got to punch out apples and glue them on their headbands. They helped me count their apples and write that number on their headbands. I also made a lacing project for each child in the shape of an apple. We sang this song while lacing: The worm went through the apple (x3), to see what he could see. And all that he could see (x2), was the other side of the apple (x3), was all that he could see. (tune-For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow). It was a really good day.