Thursday, April 23, 2009

Letter Activities: 5 Little Apples Felt Board Song

We've begun introducing ER to the letters in the alphabet and doing some apple activities for letter A. Along with the apple tree A we made, we've also been doing this fun felt board activity.

I made the tree trunk and tree top out of felt by free hand cutting out the shapes. The top would've looked better if I'd found a template and traced it, but I was in a hurry when I made it. Why was I in a hurry, I have no idea now! Isn't that always the case?

The apples are also made of felt and are just circles cut out of red felt. Nothing too fancy here, but I think it's a fair representation and I told ER to use her imagination. She probably has no idea what that means, but she answered me so solemnly, "Yes mama," when I told her that.

The picture cards were made with clip art that I printed onto cardstock. Then I laminated them and stuck a piece of velcro on the back so it'd stay put on the board. The felt pieces stick together without anything extra to help them.

Here is the song we sing: 5 Little Apples
Author Unknown

Five little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
A CATERPILLAR.......MUNCH, MUNCH!

Four little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
A BIRD.........MUNCH, MUNCH!

Three little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
A PIG..........MUNCH, MUNCH!

Two little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
A HORSE.......MUNCH, MUNCH!

One little apple hung on a tree
The farmer didn't care
So guess who came to eat?
A SCARECROW......MUNCH, MUNCH!

Now the tree is bare
There are no more apples there
But when next fall comes around

Guess who'll be there?
THE CATERPILLAR
THE BIRD
THE PIG
THE HORSE
and the SCARECROW
YUM! YUM!


As we sing each verse I put up the corresponding picture card and we remove one red apple. ER enjoys singing and doing it herself now. She just gets the order mixed up a bit.

This is part of I Blame My Mother's Kid Friendly Friday, and there are a lot of other great projects shared there too. Go check them out!

5 Friends Said:

Pinky said...

Now that is just super cute!

Annie said...

I love the ideas you share. Thank you.

I'm introducing the letters to my girls and they like it.

Sarah said...

So cute! Love her response to "use your imagination " :)

You could have her use the pieces to make up a story as well...although once you use them with a song it may be hard for little ones to stray from that. It would be cute to see what story she could come up with!

Thank you for linking! Enjoy your weekend~

Kris said...

What a fun little song!!!! You are such a fantastic mom. ER is so lucky to have you.

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