Fall is officially here! My absolute favorite time of the year!
The nights are already starting to cool off and I cannot wait to bust out the candles and fill our house with the scents of cinnamon, apples, pumpkins, and all things fall 🙂
Of course, until I get around to that, little man and I have been working on a few new fall activities to get us in the spirit and these fine motor apples have done just that!
While we have done quite a few apple themed activities in the past, little man kept wondering where the worms were since he has seen them on numerous pictures and now, he has them!
Not only do these adorable little worms help your child work on their counting, they’re also a fantastic fine motor workout! Best of all, they take no time at all to make!
To make a set of your own, you’ll need:
- The apple counting printable that you’ll find below (this printable set covers numbers 1-20, however, you can choose to use whatever numbers your child is currently working on from the set).
- Large green Popsicle Sticks
- A black Sharpie
- An X-ACTO knife or pair of scissors
First things first, you’re going to need to print off and cut out your apple cards. Again, you can use all 20 of them or simple print and use the numbers that your child is currently working on. Either way they’re a lot of fun!
Once you have them cut out, use either an X-ACTO knife or a pair of scissors to cut two vertical slits into the sides of your apple. DON’T cut all of the way up and down the sides of the apple. You don’t want to cut the sides off, just an inch or slit on both sides of the dots.
Next, make the worms! Using your Sharpie, write a number on the right side of the Popsicle Stick that corresponds with one of the cards that you’re using and draw a little face for your worm on the other end of the stick.
Now, give one of your cards a test to make sure that the holes, or slits, you created are big enough so that your child will be able to get the Popsicle Stick through without it ripping. If they are, you’re good to go!
After matching a numbered worm to the correct apple, have your child slide the Popsicle Stick into the slits that you made on your apple card so that is looks as though your worm is eating right through your apple.
If your preschooler is anything like my little man, they’re going to be playing with these for hours!