Preschool Apple STEM Snack
This Apple STEM Snack is a great addition to a Preschool Apple Theme!
The fall season is nearing, which means it's time to bring out all things apples! An apple theme provides endless learning opportunities for preschoolers. An Apple STEM snack is a great opportunity to introduce STEM concepts to your little learners while enjoying a healthy snack.
STEM concepts in the early education classroom can be challenging for educators to teach. The lessons can feel complex and overall just hard to explain to preschoolers. An apple STEM snack allows preschoolers to observe the inside of an apple and practice engineering with their hands. Follow along with these simple instructions on how do this STEM challenge with your little ones.
This Apple activity is a great addition to an Apple Preschool Theme, find more ideas on our Free Apple Theme Planning Page.
Yes, it's really that simple!
Teacher tip: You can extend this activity by bringing in three different types of apples as a way to predict and observe if this will affect building. Talk about the consistency and texture of each apple. You can even include a taste-testing before building!
This edible engineering activity is the perfect opportunity to teach your preschoolers about the concepts of building with a favorite snack and a household item. Teachers should do the cutting but show preschoolers the process as you cut. Talk about safety protocols and ask what they notice about the inside of the apples.
- What do you notice?
- What colors do you see?
- Are there seeds?
Next, preschoolers use toothpicks to connect the apple cubes to build various structures. Challenge your preschoolers to build tall and strong towers, or, have them build shapes. Talk to your preschoolers about the importance of constructing a base to ensure the structure is sturdy.
This simple STEM craft is a great activity to get those little hands moving and constructing while learning about important concepts that will follow them through education and life. If you enjoyed this activity, you can also try using marshmallows, gum drop candies, candy corn for all different themes throughout the year! Easy but excellent ideas for introducing STEM to your preschoolers!
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