20 July 2014

Apples & Freebies!

Not really sure what it is about apples that I love so much, but dang.  I DO.  I love them.  I'll take them anyway I can get them.  I'm kinda like Bubba in Forrest Gump, but instead of being obsessed with shrimp, I'm obsessed with apples.  I even have a board dedicated to them...


Today we're celebrating July birthdays in the family.  Mine included.  You know what that means?!  All the apple pie I can handle.  GET.OUT.RIGHT.NOW!!!!!!

So that got me to thinking about apples in the classroom.  A thematic staple of mine for the last 13 years.  If you've been following this blog for a while, you might remember some of my old posts about apples in the classroom.  If you're just tuning in, I'll go ahead and catch you up to speed.  

Sometimes I forget I've had this blog for a while.  2010 to be exact. I don't feel like it's been that long.  I still love blogging just as much today as I did 4 years ago.  That very first year I shared this fun little activity I always do right when we start our apple unit.

I know it's not much to look at now, but it sure does get the job done.  Doesn't Pinterest have a funny way of making us feel like everything we do in the classroom has to be "pinworthy"?!  I wouldn't change a thing about this, thankyouverymuch. ;)

You can read more about that activity HERE and download a fun little free printable to go with it...along with several other FREE apple themed activities.

Just like all of you...and all the teachers before me..we made applesauce that year, too.  HELLO, delicious!  And it's even better over ice cream :)  You can download a free printable recipe in that post, too!

Every year I try to add a little something new to my thematic units.  Maybe after something I pinned....or some great idea I saw on a blog....or {stop the world} after being inspired by the 18 little bodies in my classroom!  

Every year I try a little something new and different.

Like this descriptive writing anchor chart and writing activity we did last year.

We even had an apple tasting party last year after reading all about Sarah Cooley's apple fun in her classroom!

My kids loved this little apple life cycle craftivity we did last year.  They even made in appearance in their end of year portfolio keepsakes!

You can read all about our past year's apple activities by clicking on the "apples" tab over to your right under the "Find What You're Looking For" button.

In the meantime, here are some more links for a few apple themed freebies I think you might like!  If nothing else, you can always just add 'em to your ever growing files :)

A fun little apple themed dice activity...Roll an Apple Tree.

And here's a fun little freebie you might enjoy, too!  Chock full of several different activities your babies might enjoy!!

While we're on the subject of all things apple, it's only fitting that today's Christmas in July deals offer a discount on my apple themed resources!  20% off today only!!

Now it's time to celebrate!!!


  1. Thank you so much for the amazing apple freebies and sharing all the pictures!! It really did feel like Christmas in July this morning : )

  2. Happy birthday!! Enjoy your day and all of its apple gloriousness! I just ate apple slices with peanut butter! Yummo! Pinning this post by the way as I'm exploring the land of thematic units this coming school year Woo-hoo! Thanks Cara!

    Samantha :)

  3. I also LOVE apples! Apple picking is one of my favorite fall activities!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  4. Awesome apple stuff!!! Thank you so much for sharing everything! My class is going to be set come September.

    Rambling About Reading

  5. Your Apple lessons/activities/FUN is what got me first reading your blog way back in 2010. Every year I look forward to your apple posts. It is one of my favorites. Thank you so much for sharing and being awesome!