Sunday, April 26, 2015

Farm Animals Dramatic Play with Ten Red Apples

Farmer and His Animals Love Apples!

Farm is a theme for March at Poppins Book Nook. Kids had fun with "Ten Red Apples" by Pat Hatchings. The impromptu theatrical production was a success; and the pictures and the video were awesome with the quickly decorated wall using the stuff on hand. Also, find our easy Apples cupcakes kids enjoyed. You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook activities here: Easy Preschool Science: Testing the Wind.

Ten Red Apples

"Ten Red Apples" by Pat Hatchings was our book of the month. The apple tree was beautiful with shiny red apples all over it (Great illustrations for this book!). The farmer wanted to eat one, but farm animals bit him to the tree. Will the farmer get a perfect apple to taste?

This book can be used easily for the dramatic play with friends. But first, we decided to decorate the wall with the stuff on hand:

The apple tree:
  • green poster board, edges trimmed, fixed to the wall with the packing tape,
  • brown wrapping paper for the tree trunk and brunches,
  • we had foam apples, hung with the tape or glued-in magnets (the apples should be removable for this play); any cardstock apple cut outs would do.

The garden:


Farmer and Farm Animals Dramatic Play

The pictures and the video were awesome with our quickly decorated wall. Pictured below: the baby in the apple orchid photo shoot, LOL.

We had a group of kids age 1-5. The older child had to be a farmer.
Kids took turns playing a character from the book.

Announcer: How many apples are hanging on the tree?
(Everybody is counting).
Everybody, singing: Ten red apples hanging on the tree.
                                 Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee!
Announcer: Horse came and ate one.
(A child with the toy horse in his hand comes up to the tree, takes one apple, and pretends to eat it. Makes a horse sound and returns to his sit.)
Farmer (cries): Horse! Save some for me!

Repeat the same with each animal.

The closer to the end, the more fun kids were having. They were jumping excitingly, running to the apple tree, and enjoying "eating" their apples. When only one apple was left on the tree, everybody paused, the announcer went silent; and our awesome farmer suddenly realized what he had to do. It was so funny to watch him jumping up and running to finally get his apple!

Apple Cupcakes Decorating

White icing was spread over baked cakes with the knife. Then the cupcakes were dipped into the red and green colored sugar. For the "warms": clean a spot off the sugar and sprinkle 3 "warms" into the spot. There are mint leaves and a pretzel stick on top.

Down on the Farm

It's time for the Poppins Book Nook - a book club that goes live on the last Monday of each months.
You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook books and activities here: Poppins Book Nook.
Our Top 10 Farm Animals Books can be found here: Farm Animals Preschool Activities and Books.

The theme for this month is "Down on the Farm". Visit the hosts of Poppins Book Nook to find out what the kids were up to, their adventures and discoveries.

Down on the Farm Bundle Giveaway!

Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers
a chance to win a brand new storybook
or product that ties in with our theme for the month.

This month one lucky entrant will win
the Down on the Farm bundle.
The winner will enjoy two fun farm themed learning items:
the Farming storybook by Gail Gibbons
and Safari Ltd Farm Babies TOOB.


Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}.

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