Apple Craft and Rhyming Activity for Preschool

Back-to-school means lots of new faces to see and lots of new names to remember. This activity can help children learn the names of their classmates. Have fun making the apple craft, then play a countdown game using the apple rhyme.

Apple rhyming back to school activity for preschoolers

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Supplies for apple rhyming activity

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

Apple rhyming activity


1. Trace the apple pattern onto construction paper. Cut out the apple.     
(As an option, the apple, leaf and stem may be cut from plain paper for the children to color.)
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 keep in the home or classroom, while kids can make an apple of their own.

Laminate the apples for durability.


Play the countdown game.

Children line up with their "apples", in order from one to five (or higher). Engage a small number of children at a time to make it easier to remember names and numerals. Play the takeaway game using the apple rhyme below. Repeat the activity until all the children have participated.

Repeat the following rhyme, counting backwards as each apple is "eaten".

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.

Follow our A is for Apple Pinterest board.

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