Apple Theme Ideas

Apple Theme Ideas

More than 65 Apple Themed Ideas! Games, Art, Crafts, Song, Poems, Diversity and more!

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Paper plates or card stock; some things that will make noise inside the apple shape-such as buttons, seeds, rice, dried beans, small pebbles, etc.; ribbon
Have kids paint two pieces of APPLE SHAPED poster board – or paper plates. Glue and staple the two pieces together with the sound-maker in the middle inside of it. Attach the ribbons.


This table centerpiece is short lived —but pretty while it lasts.
Large Rome Beauty apples (that will stand straight on the table)
Waxed paper
Potato peeler
Lemon juice
1. Using an apple corer, make a hole about halfway through the middle of an apple. Make the hole as straight as possible and remove the core piece.

2. Insert a candle into the hole. It should fit tightly; if the hole is too large, wrap waxed paper around the candle’s end.

3. Older kids can decorate the apples by carefully carving designs in the skins with the tip of a potato peeler (to prevent the designs from turning brown, rub them with lemon juice).

4. Arrange the candleholders in a circle on a plate or cutting board.
Make sure that the apples are stable. Cut the bottom accordingly if not.

Version #1
Step One: Making Dried Apples

Juice of approximately 8-10 lemons
2 teaspoons salt

8 – 10 large firm apples
8 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cloves
8″ – 10″ sturdy, heavy gauge wire (for a wreath)
Jute (for garland or apple stacker)
1 – 1 1/2 yards of ribbon, fabric scraps, or raffia

 Dry the apples.
2. Place lemon juice in a large bowl, and stir in salt.
3. Peel, core, and slice apples horizontally into 1/4″ thick circles. Soak slices in lemon juice bowl for approximately 6-10 minutes, making sure each side of the slices has a chance to absorb some of the lemon juice.
4. While waiting, mix spices in a bowl and blend well.
5. Remove the slices from the bowl and place them on paper towels. Pat tops of apple slices with paper towels.
6. Dust apples slices with spice mixture. Turn slices over and repeat on opposite side.
7. Place apples slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.
8.  Bake at 150-200 degrees F for 6 hours or until completely dried. Apple slices should be slightly pliable.

Version #2
2 red apples
1 cup lemon juice
1 T salt
Non-stick cooking spray

  • Preheat over to 225 F. Slice apple 1/4″ thick.
  • Combine the lemon juice and salt in a bowl and soak the apples for 20-25 minutes. Turn apples once while soaking.
  • Coat a baking sheet with the non-stick cooking spray and place the apple slices on the sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 4 to 6 hours until the slice feel leathery–but no brown. Turn slices over once during baking.


1) Fold each apple slice in half, and then into quarters and thread the apple slices onto the wire. Continue to pack on the folded apples until the wire is completely filled.

2) When the wire is completely covered, use pliers to bend ends into hooks so that they can connect and close. Carefully shape wire into desired shape. Recommendation is  either a circle or heart shape.

3) Using the ribbon or fabric scraps, create a hanger for your wreath.

4) Hang on the wall, or package as a gift for someone special.


  • Choose the largest, firmest apples you can find. The apples shrink a lot when they dry so you want to be sure that they are big enough to begin with. Firm apples will be easier to carve and will dry out much better.
  • The first step in making your shrunken apple heads is to peel the apples. You can core them if you would like, although it is not necessary. Next, brush a mixture of lemon juice and salt onto the peeled apple. The lemon juice and salt mixture will help  keep the apples from turning brown as they dry.
  • Next, you will want to take a paring knife and carve out the basic features of a face from one side of the apple. Don’t go into too much detail since when the apple dries any small details will be lost. Focus on creating large features like the eye sockets, a nose and a mouth.

Example: To make a shrunken apple for a witch’s head you would most likely carve a large nose, two deep holes for the eye sockets and a sneering hole for the mouth. Keep the shapes that you carve simple and larger than you think you need them to be since they will shrink as they dry.

  •  Place the carved apples somewhere dry and out of the way. Turn them every couple of days — in about 2 weeks they will have shriveled up into ghoulish little faces. You can speed up the drying time if you would like by setting them on a cookie sheet in the oven on the lowest setting or by using a food dehydrator, although it will still take some time for them to dry and shrivel.
  • YOU CAN MAKE A BODY by putting the heads on small bottles (shampoo, dish soap etc.) Make a dress out of a piece of fabric. You can even use a small paper clip to make glasses.

. Slice apples sideways and place the slices in a lemon juice and water mixture for a few minutes.
2. Moisten rigatoni pasta with water and then roll and coat them in cinnamon.
3. Using plastic needles and yarn, alternately string the apples and noodles.
4. Add a country fabric bow (or your choice of bow) to the top and dry near a sunny window.
5. The  wreaths hang straight down… and look and smell great!


  • Arrange four craft sticks to form a small, rectangular frame the size of a school picture.
  • Using a school picture as a guide, lay one stick across the top and a second across the bottom.
  • Place once craft stick vertically at each of the picture edges to frame the picture.
  • Glue the sticks and a picture in place.
  • Glue two or three dried apple slices to one corner of the frame and a magnet to the back. (Use one of the above recipes
  • Allow the frame to dry.

Draw a very large apple
 (made from card-stock if possible). Laminate it and cut into pieces to put back together as a puzzle. Save pieces in plastic baggie.

Small ball of modeling dough or clay
Empty short can such as tuna can
6 to 8 inch twig with branches
Several green tissue paper squares
Craft glue
Several red beads
Piece of construction paper cut to fit around the can

  • Place the dough or clay in the bottom of the can.
  • Stand the twig in the center of the clay.
  • Twist the tissue squares to resemble bow ties.
  •  Glue the bow ties to the branches to look like leaves.
  • Glue a few of the read bead “apples” on the branches.
  • Have kids decorate the paper strip; cover the can and glue it in place.

Tip: A couple weeks before this activity, ask parents to bring in tuna fish size cans!

APPLE WORM PUPPET#1 (Apples and Worms go together!)

  • You will need a 4″ x 4″ piece of cardboard.
  • Cut the cardboard into a large apple shape.
  • Next, cut out a small finger hole somewhere on the apple.
  • Have child color the apple with a red crayon or marker.
  • Children hold up the apple with one hand while they stick their pointer finger from the opposite hand into the worm hole and wiggle.

Small cup,
Brown paint or markers
Black marker

  • Take the cup and cut out the bottom.
  • Paint or color the cup brown; is the dirt from which your worm peers.
  • Draw a face on the tip your index finger (Finger the worm.)
  • Stick the worm through the cup and you have a fun worm puppet.


  • Leaving the hole open to hold the pencils, put paper Mache around a toilet paper roll.
  • When dry— paint it to look like an apple core…
  • Insert a brown or black pipe cleaner stem. Use green raffia, construction paper or foam sheet for a leaf.

***MACHE recipes are on this site. 

Materials: Old tennis balls (If no one in your program plays tennis, put them on your wish list! Someone will have some “dead” tennis balls and would be happy to donate them.)
Sharp knife (adults only)
Red paint and a paintbrush (You can skip this part if you’re able to find red tennis balls at pet store)
Brown pipe cleaner
Scrap of green felt
Two large wiggle eyes
Masking tape
Tiny red pom-pom
Black marker
White glue or thick blue glue gel
Newspaper to work on
Plastic-foam egg carton (for drying the tennis ball on)

1. Have an adult use a sharp knife to cut a slit across the lower half of the ball for the mouth and to poke a small slit in the top of the ball for the stem. If you have a shop vise, you can use it to hold the ball steady while you make the cuts. The deeper the mouth cut, the easier it will be to squeeze the mouth to open it.
2. Paint the ball red. Let it dry on the plastic-foam egg carton.
3. Stick a piece of masking tape on the back of each wiggle eye to create a better gluing surface. Glue the eyes on the ball above the mouth.
4. Glue on the red pom-pom for the nose.
5. Cut a 2-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner for the stem. Push the end of the stem through the hole in the top of the apple.
6. Cut a leaf shape from the green felt scrap. Cut a tiny slit at the base of the leaf. Slide the leaf down over the stem through the slit so that it sits on the top of the apple.
7. Use the black marker to make a line over the cut mouth to accentuate it. To make the mouth of the apple open and close, squeeze the ball on each side of the mouth.

  • This little apple puppet can pick things up with the mouth and swallow them. You might want to make a game of seeing how many things the puppet can pick up and swallow in a set amount of time. Try picking up peppercorns, small pom-poms, or popcorn kernels.
  • One person said the children were more interested in throwing than picking up… but they did pick up bits of cereal and raisins.
  • The kids especially liked to play the ‘apple eats your nose game’. More than one group reported apple puppets nibbling at other kids with much giggling— a part of the game.



Cut an apple for each child to glue a photo of themselves on and put on the bulletin board.

-Draw a large basket with apples in it, and once again, have each child’s name on an apple.

-Apples on a tree with each child’s name on an apple.

‘WELCOME TO ________!’
May this school year bring
You happiness galore,
And may you enjoy it
Right to the core!

Post the above poem and then draw a huge apple core with everyone’s names on it!

Place children’s photos or names in apples and hang on tree.

Click here to see two images of ‘Apple Themed’ Display Boards


Use a small paper plate and a piece of red paper. Have children tear the paper into small pieces and then glue and cover the plate with the pices. Add a green paper stem and hang up.

Red, green, brown, and blue construction paper,

  • Cut out a tree-shape trunk from the brown paper; cut out apples from the red construction paper.
  • Assemble and glue the trunk and apples on a background piece of paper.
  • Cut out many small, thin (about 1/4 inch wide and a few inches long) strips of green paper and some red strips as well.
  • One by one take the strips and wrap them tightly around a pencil and they will curl.
  • Remove the curled paper from the pencil and dip the edges in glue.
  • Add each glue edged ‘curl’ to your tree.
  • Keep repeating this process until the tree is covered with apples and leaves.


  • Give children construction paper and several colors of thick tempera paint in shallow dishes.
  • Have them put their paper in a shallow box.
  • They dip their apple in the chosen paint color and use a spoon to scoop it out and onto the paper.
  • Now hold the box tilting it back and forth as the crabapple moves across.
  • When there is no more paint, dip the crab apple again —or put a new apple into a different color.
  • This can also be done using regular larger apples! Nice to hang and display.


Paper Towels
Styrofoam Plate, Meat Tray, or Other Shallow Dish
Construction Paper and Paint

  • Cut the apple in half. Experiment with the apples by cutting them different ways. Cut through the top and out the bottom to make a ‘traditional’ apple print, cut through the middle to make apple ‘star’ prints. Cut the apple into quarters for a different print also!
  • Fold a paper towel into 4ths and lay it on the bottom of the Styrofoam plate, etc. Pour paint into the center of the paper towel to make it into a stamp pad. Using red, green, and yellow paint will represent the different kinds of apples.
  • Dip the cut side of the apple into the paint. Dab it around on the paper towel to wipe off excess paint, and then press it onto the paper. To finish off–cut sponges into leaf shapes and have kids repeat the above process to paint leaves. When dry add stems and seeds with sharpies. Sample apple print by a Kindergarten student of art teacher Michal Austin
  • Make a whole collection of apple pictures this way! You can also use fabric paint and make an apple print T-shirt, towels, etc!

WORM ART (Apples and Worms go together!!!)

  • Dip pieces of yarn into paint and drag it across paper to make squiggles, lines, etc.
  • You can also use COOKED NOODLES for worms. ‘Painting with Spaghetti” in the ‘Activities with Pasta’ Category.


  • Inflate a balloon.
  • Dip newspaper strips in a mixture of your favorite paper Mache recipe.
  • Completely cover the balloon. Let it dry thoroughly. Paint and decorate the shape to look like an apple!

Make an APPLE TREE MURAL… as FALL progresses- add pumpkins, scarecrows, etc. to the mural. As Thankgiving arrives add a turkey, cornucopia, pilgrims, indians, etc.

Just put together a bowl of apples, or apples on a table. Put out the paints and paper, and see how creative the kids can be!

1 cup ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (optional)
Add the cinnamon to the applesauce until you get a clay-like consistency. You may add glue for added thickness. Once the dough is mixed, create shapes with your hands or roll the dough out and use cookie cutters. Let the dough dry. Store unused dough in a bowl with plastic wrap as a cover.

1 cup ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons white glue
3/4 cup water
Mix until the consistency of cookie dough. (Add more water if needed.) Sprinkle cinnamon on the cutting board and knead the dough. Roll out 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters or Popsicle sticks. Punch hole in the top with a straw or pencil before drying (so you can string ribbon through later for hanging). Bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes or until firm. Let them cool, and then decorate! These are usually used as ornaments—–but make necklaces from them!

Applesauce and Cinnamon Clay/Dough #3
1 Cup Applesauce
1 Cup Cinnamon

  • Mix the applesauce and the cinnamon until it gets to a nice clay consistency.
  • If –too sticky, add a bit more cinnamon or even a touch of flour.
  • You can make shapes and designs or use cookie cutters.
  • Put the shapes in a warm, dry spot to dry – this takes a few days!
  • You now have sweet-smelling sculptures to decorate and/or paint.

APPLE PLAY DOUGH (for young children)
Use red, yellow, and green colored play dough, adding cinnamon spice to it. Lay out apple cookie cutters and tools. Kids may want to make their own version of an apple (or other things) Add a pipe cleaner for a worm!

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