Teaching kids about healthy eating habits can be fun and engaging with the help of simple, educational resources. With the abundance of apple varieties, it’s important to introduce children to the different types of apples and their unique characteristics. From sweet to tart, crunchy to soft, each type offers a distinct flavor and texture. To make learning about apples more enjoyable, we’ve created a printable chart detailing some of the most popular apple varieties. This guide is perfect for parents, teachers, and caregivers who want to encourage their young ones to eat healthy and explore new flavors.
About different types of apples
Apples are a delicious and nutritious fruit that make a great snack or addition to any meal. Let’s get started!
Red Delicious Apples: Red Delicious apples are a bright red color and are very sweet. They are great for snacking on and making apple juice.
Granny Smith Apples: Granny Smith apples are green and very tart. They are great for baking in pies or making apple sauce.
Honeycrisp Apples: Honeycrisp apples are a combination of both sweet and tart. They are great for snacking on and making apple cider.
Golden Delicious Apples: Golden Delicious apples are yellow and have a sweet, honey-like flavor. They are great for baking in pies and making apple sauce.
Gala Apples: Gala apples are a combination of both sweet and tart. They are great for snacking on and making apple juice.
Fuji Apples: Fuji apples are very sweet and juicy. They are great for snacking on and making apple pies.
Apple themed hands on activities for children
As the leaves begin to change and fall from trees, the crisp scent of autumn begins to fill the air. This time of year is the perfect opportunity to explore apples and all the fun science activities that can be done with them. Here are a few hands-on apple themed activities that children will love!
Apple Tasting Games
There are so many varieties of apples, and this activity can be a lot of fun for kids. Purchase 5-6 different types of apples and let kids taste-test them. Have them jot down their opinions on taste, texture, and sweetness/hardness using sticky notes or a white board. Then, survey the group to find out which apple was the most popular or least popular.
Apple Sink or Float
In this activity, cut pieces of apple in varying sizes. Fill a bowl with water, and let kids predict which piece of apple will sink or float. Then, drop the apples into the water and see if the predictions were correct. This experiment teaches kids about buoyancy and density.
Set out a variety of materials such as construction paper, cotton balls, googly eyes, and glue. Have children create apple-themed collages using these materials.
Apple Science Experiment
Cut an apple into quarters. Place each quarter into a separate bowl and add a different liquid, such as lemon juice, vinegar, or water. Observe and compare what happens to each piece of apple over time.
- Wash and dry the apple thoroughly.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the apple in half, lengthwise.
- Take one half of the apple and place it cut-side down on a cutting board.
- Slice the half into quarters, cutting through the core. Repeat with the other half.
- Use a paring knife or your fingers to remove the seeds and stem from each quarter.
- Place each quarter into a separate bowl.
- Add a different liquid to each bowl. For example, you could add lemon juice to one bowl, vinegar to another, and water to a third.
- Gently stir the apples to ensure they are coated in the liquid.
- Observe the apples over time. Check them every 10-15 minutes for the next hour or two.
- Compare the apples in each bowl. Did the liquid have any effect on the apples? Did any of the apples change color or texture more than the others? Are there any differences in taste or smell?
- Take notes on your observations.
- Draw conclusions based on your observations and notes. What did you observe and why might this be happening?
Apple Pie Sensory Bin
Fill a bin with water beads and plastic apples. Children can use their hands to explore and play with the materials.
Cut apple shapes out of cardboard and then cut each apple into several pieces. Children can use the pieces to put the apple back together like a puzzle.
Johnny Appleseed Story Time
Read the story of Johnny Appleseed to children and then have them create their own apple-themed artwork based on the story.
Free TYpes of Apples Printable
You are invited to download the Types of Apples Printable with posters, matching cards, coloring pages, cards, and children’s books.
This resource will inspire your young learners to explore different types of apples.
Here is what’s Included:
- Types of apple poster with labels
- Types of apple poster without labels
- Apple picture cards
- Types of apple blackline worksheet for coloring and tracing
- Types of apple blackline worksheet for coloring and independent writing
- Types of apples 3 part cards
- Types of apple coloring and tracing strips
Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years
How to use this resource:
Gather nonfiction children’s books about apples for children to explore.
Use these nature materials to kick start a group conversation about harvest.
Gather different types of apples for children to explore along with the cards to display in your nature corner.
Discuss various ways you can enjoy apples with your students. Invite the children to create a still-life with apples and fall elements for them to draw or paint from observation.
Explore various ways apples have been used in the past to create works of art.
I always keep in mind that learning needs can be different in multi-age classrooms. Hence this printable contains a poster and matching cards you can use with younger children for matching.
Older children can be invited to make My Books of Apples.
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