Rosie recently watched a Fall episode of "Caillou" where they go apple picking and has been asking to go ever since. We still have a few weeks before we will get to go apple picking so I thought in the meantime we could go Apple Picking for Literacy!
I prepared our alphabet apple tree during Rosie's nap and surprised her with it once she woke up
I found these apple cut out shapes at Michaels for $2. I wrote the alphabet on the apples and then used pipe cleaner pieces to hang the apples from a tree near our home. It only took a couple of minutes.
Rosie was so excited when I told her we were going apple picking!
As she picked the apples I would ask her if she could find certain letters that were hanging close by
We talked about each letter as the apples were picked!
This activity was a great way to reinforce Rosie's letter recognition. While she knows her letters pretty well she still gets some of them mixed up. The H and I alphabet letters are a great example!
Rosie thought the capital I was an H. Laying the two apples side by side worked as a fantastic teaching tool to illustrate the difference.
Once all the apples were gathered Rosie asked to do the activity again ......and then again.
In fact, she liked Apple picking for Literacy so much I plan to grab a few large branches while we are out walking and make an alphabet apple tree in our play room that Rosie can pick anytime she wants!
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