Let children pretend to be apple trees and use their bodies to show each tree part. Arrange students into a large circle. Play music and tell children their feet and toes are the tree's underground roots. Let them wiggle their toes as they imagine their toes growing long and spreading deep into the dirt. Next children can pretend that from their ankles to their shoulders is the tree's trunk. They should keep the "trunk" straight and stiff. Children's arms are tree branches which they should hold out or up. Instruct children to wiggle their fingers, which are leaves that move in the wind. Finally, the children make fists that are the tree's apples.
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