This apple life cycle activity for preschoolers and kindergarten kids is a fun fall learning activity for a rainy day or for indoor playtime.
Welcome to day 3 of the Fall Fun Learning With Kids Challenge where we made an apple life cycle using playdough.
In case you missed the rest of the series, here’s the schedule:
- Day 1: Fall Scavenger Hunt- Colors (Gross motor skill for outdoor play)
- Day 2: Spooky Costume Party- Alphabets (Craft for a rainy day)
- Day 3: Playdough- Apple Life Cycle (STEM Sensory play for indoor play)
- Day 4: Treasure Hunt For Kids- Position Words (Spatial skills for outdoor/indoor play)
- Day 5: Color to Find- Numbers (Art for independent/quiet time)
Let’s dive right in.
Apple Life Cycle Using Playdough
This activity requires:
- Playdough (red, white, brown, green)
- Playdough mat or any flat surface
We made playdough from scratch using this playdough recipe and you can watch the quick video of us making our playdough below.
And here’s a video of us making the life cycle.
You can explain the following steps in order as you make your apple’s life cycle.
Tree –> Blossom –> Apple –> Seed –> Cycle repeats
Apple LifeCycle Printable
Use the playdough mat printable with prompts or just do it on a flat surface or table as we did.
Click HERE to download the apple life cycle worksheet. No need to sign up, this is a direct download link.
Work together to go through the stages of an apple’s life in order.
In this activity you can focus on many skills at a time:
- Sensory skill
- Fine motor skills
- Apple life cycle/science
Use this explanation of an apple’s life cycle during the activity. Omit or add information depending on your child’s level of understanding.
Some concepsts like pollination can be ommited for younger kids.
Stage 1: Tree
Apple trees blossom and grow white flowers in spring.
Stage 2: Blossom
Flowers blossom and insects and wind pollinate them. Then in fall their petals fall.
Stage 3: Apple
The flowers that were pollinated and then their petals fell in fall, their remaining parts turn into green apples. Most green apples turn red when ripe.
Stage 4: Seed
When apples are ripe, we pick them and eat their red skin and white flesh. The seeds inside an apple are left behind. When we sow theseseeds in soil, then take sunshine, rain and a lot of time to become a tall apple tree.
Additional Apple Life Cycle Activity Ideas To Try
- You can arrange a visit to an apple orchard.
- Investigate the parts of an apple (stem, leaf, skin, flesh, seed, core)
- Eat an apple and sow it’s seeds