Preschool in September means apples – lots of apple activities. September also means a new homeschool year has begun so it has been a little crazy around here. We love summer and it’s still hot here. We’re not ready to get back into a school routine! However, today while I was watching a few of the younger children play with my son’s old Hot Wheels cars, I thought of an apple sorting idea. We could use the cars and a few apple printables to sort by color.
I didn’t have a lot of time to plan and gather materials so I had to act fast.
Apple Sorting Activity for Preschoolers
I printed out three apple outlines.
Apples are either red, green, or yellow so I quickly colored three apples. It is best if you can get the kids to color the apples, but I needed to do this quickly so I colored these myself.
After I finished coloring the apples, I cut them out. Again, it is best if the kids can do the coloring and cutting, but I was in a hurry. I believe in allowing the kids to do as much as they can on their own, but my time was very limited and my main goal for the little time I had was to work on sorting.
After quickly coloring and cutting out the red, green, and yellow apples, I placed them on the floor where the kids were playing with the cars.
I asked the kids to identify the colors and made sure they knew which apple was red, which one was green, and which one was yellow. Then, I asked them to pick out the red, green, and yellow vehicles. They placed the red vehicles on the red apple, the green vehicles on the green apple, and the yellow vehicles on the yellow apple.
The kids thought they were just playing with cars, but they were also learning colors and sorting skills. We also counted the number of cars on each apple.
If you would like to print out the apple pattern for apple sorting or other apple activities for your kids, simply right click on the image below and save it to your computer. It’s free!
Here are a few apple themed books you can read with your kids while doing apple activities.