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Whose Apple Tree?


Read to children The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons (Voyager Books). Talk about the four seasons, and write their names on a chart. Help children remember how the tree looked during each season.

Next, give each child four pieces of drawing paper. Invite children to draw a tree trunk and some branches using brown crayon on each page.

  • Have children label the first page "winter." Encourage them to use white tempera paint for snow on the ground and branches.
  • On the page labeled "spring," children can use pink paint sponge pieces to make blossoms on their tree.
  • Have children do the same for "summer" using green paint. Then they can use a cotton swab to dab on light green apples.
  • Label the last page "fall," and ask children to again use sponge pieces with yellow, orange, and brown paint. Children can add ripe apples by dabbing cotton swabs in red paint.

Let each child write his or her name in the title on a front page "The Seasons of _____________'s Apple Tree." Staple each child's booklet together.


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