Back to School Apple Craft and Rhyming Activity

This apple craft and counting game make back to school fun for everyone. The rhyming game helps preschoolers learn the names of their classmates, while reinforcing beginning number recognition. 

Apple craft and rhyming activity

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Back-to-school means lots of new faces to see, and lots of new names to remember.  Social interactions are recognized as an important part of the early learning classroom. Plan activities that support hands-on participation with small group play.

This simple apple theme craft and rhyming game promote fun and learning in the classroom in a welcoming way.

Apple rhyming activity

Kids benefit from an environment that encourages play-based learning. It's helpful to provide opportunities for both group play and independent play.

This activity strengthens individual creative and fine motor skills during craft time, then supports small group interactions with a counting game. 

Make the apple craft using everyday art supplies, then play a countdown game using the apple rhyme.



Supplies for an apple rhyming game


  • construction paper
  • apple template
  • glue
  • numerals
  • hole punch
  • narrow ribbon



Apple craft and activity for preschoolers


1. Trace the apple pattern onto construction paper. Cut out the apple.      

(As an option, the apple, leaf and stem may be drawn on plain paper for the children to color and cut out.)

2. Hole punch around the perimeter of the apple.

3. Lace the apple with narrow ribbon, allowing enough for a handle.

4. Cut out a stem and leaf from construction paper and glue to the apple.

5. Glue a paper numeral to each apple, or use self-adhesive numerals.


Parents and teachers can make a set of apples to use in the home or classroom. Kids can make individual apples to label with their names. Laminate the apples for durability.


Back to school apple craft

Play the countdown game.

Play this rhyming game in the classroom to help kids learn the names of their new friends and classmates, while practicing numbers 1 to 5.

1. Children line up with their "apples", in order from one to five. (Engaging a small number of children at a time can make it easier to remember names and numerals.)

2. Play a takeaway game using the apple rhyme below. Repeat the rhyme until all the children have participated.


Five little apples on a new school day -
If ____(name)_______ eats an apple – crunch, crunch, crunch – take one away.

Four little apples on a new school day -
If ____(name)_______ eats an apple – crunch, crunch, crunch – take one away.

......and so on, counting backwards until each apple is "eaten"!


I have a Pinterest board just for apple crafts and activities to extend the fun and learning.

A is for Apple Pinterest board.

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