Story Time Starter — Apples

Fall is here! 
Although the official first day is still over a week away, you can get a jump start on your celebration by reading stories with your kids about everyone’s favorite fruit–apples.

And while you can make some awesome paper crafts afterward, you can also use apples in creative ways to come up with fantastic art projects.  Don’t forget to save some time for tasting lots of different varieties of apples and let your kids pick their favorite flavor.

Some of our favorite apple books are story time staples like Ten Red Apples  and Apple Farmer Annie.  But we also love new ones like Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear (which only uses 5 words in the entire story!) and Ned’s New Home.  There are so many great books out there, whether you prefer fiction stories or informational nonfiction.  There’s no shortage of this topic here at the library.

For all the apple books we like for story time, check out our list:

Apples Book List (Word Document/.doc file)

The following action songs and rhymes will complete your story time:

A Little Apple Seed
(sung to:  “Itsy, Bitsy Spider  Use appropriate motions for actions)

Once a little apple seed was planted in the ground
Down came the raindrops, falling all around.
Out came the big sun, bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew to be an apple tree!

Munching Apples
(sung to “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you like to munch apples, raise your hand
If you like to munch apples, raise your hand.
If you like to hear them crunch,
And eat them for your lunch,
If you like to munch apples, raise your hand.

Imagine You’re an Apple Tree

Imagine you’re an apple tree
Growing straight and tall.
Reaching braches toward the sun
With limbs and leaves and all.

And look at all the apples;
They are getting heavy too.
Your branches are getting tired.
Whatever will you do?

Plop! An apple fell off
Pick it up and make it shine
Take a big bite, Yummmmmm!
My, that tasted fine.

Some of our favorite apple songs include the following:

Apples and Bananas (#7 on Five Little Monkeys CD)
Five Green Apples (#13 on Mainly Mother Goose CD)
I Love Apples (#7 on Cousins Jamboree CD)

And here are links to some kid-friendly apple crafts and activities:

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