Learning about apples and pumpkins in preschool
Fall in New England is a wonderful time to teach preschoolers many things about the season. The change in the weather (and the leaves), along with the harvest of apples and pumpkins are fun to learn about.
If you are fortunate enough to have local farms in your area, a field trip is a great way for young children to experience some of the agriculture of your area first-hand.
By taking preschoolers to visit a local farm, they can learn so much. It is a great opportunity to teach them about living things (animals), life cycles (egg to chick / seed to fruit), where food comes from and local geography.
You can also extend preschoolers learning of farms, apples and pumpkins with some of these activities:
Apple science - Observe changes to apples when they are cut and exposed to the air.
Apple stamping art - Slice apples in half and place them into paint. Then stamp it onto the paper.
Pass the apple (game) - Play like hot potato. The children pass an apple until the music stops. Whoever is holding it when the music stops is sent to the apple patch (the center of the circle).
Make your own apple cider - Bring in a juicer and take some fresh apples from your field trip and turn them into cider. Children can observe and experiment with how things turn from one form to another (ie. solid to a liquid).
Pumpkin exploration - Open up a pumpkin that you picked and let children feel and scoop the insides and count the seeds.
Seasonal sink or float - Experimenting with Fall objects (such as leaves, acorns, pumpkins and apples) to see which will sink and which will float.
Feel free to share some of your favorite APPLE and PUMPKIN FALL activities in the linky below!