This page provides Apple themed games and activity ideas. When someone says that someone or something is the "Apple of My Eye", it means that it is highly cherished. What are somethings (or people) that you cherish?
Try out the many Apple themed ideas and conversation starters below by clicking on the free download links or download printable activities to have everything at your fingertips. Games and activities cover multiple dimensions of wellness.
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3D Bulletin Boards really bring your theme to life. Use real items, such as:
Apple Baking/Cooking Club
Start an apple baking or cooking club. Ask for apple recipe suggestions or use one of the many great ideas below:
Using Apple Jacks and fishing line (or other string that works best for you), string the line through the center of each apple jack (the order does not matter). Afterwards, hang the apple jack line and watch your new bird feeder attract a variety of birds.
Applesauce Animal Treats
Applesauce animal treats for dogs can be made with natural ingredients and used as gifts throughout the year. The ingredients needed for this recipe include:
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Oats
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce or 1/2 Mashed Banana
1/4 Cup Vegetable, Chicken, or Beef Stock
Cookie Cutter Shape of your Choice
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, roll dough until 1/4 inch thick, use cookie cutter and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place treats in a brown paper bag and attach these free "Dog Treat Gift Tags". Simply print on colored paper and attach. These treats can be gifted to local animal shelters, therapy pets, or friends and family members.
Using two or more apples, ask how many seeds are in each apple? After recording each guess, cut the apple open and count how many seeds are in each. Were there the same amount of apple seeds in each apple? More or Less? Afterwards, slice the apples and offer a dip (yogurt, caramel sauce, chocolate, etc.) to complete an apple snack.
Create apple art by cutting an apple in half and using paint to create apple stamping prints. To make the apple easier to handle poke a fork or a popsicle stick through the top side of the apple. Draw the trunk of a tree before apple stamping to create your own apple tree.
Using a bingo dabber or a toilet paper roll (creased in the middle to resemble an apple) instead of real apples, is a great alternative for this activity. Stamp other items like bags, clothes, bulletin board borders, etc.
Colors: Green, Yellow, Red, Brown
Centerpieces: Real Apples, Bushel Baskets
Use these apple themed cards to decorate your event. These cards can be used as place cards or to identify different food items, such as: Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji, etc. Just print cards on cardstock and cut along the dotted line for a total of six cards.
Invite the community, family, and friends, to attend a Apple Pie social once a month, for a fee. Serve a variety of apple desserts or have staff make their favorite. Choose to sell pies by the slice or as whole pies. Offering coffee and ice cream would be a great addition to this fun treat.
Invite the local police or fire department in to judge the desserts. Call businesses in the community to ask for donations, such as: gift cards or coupons. If a business cannot offer tangible items, ask if they could offer their time. They can come in and present a demonstration or lead a discussion group during the social.
Sell candy apples. There are many varieties of making candy apples, such as: adding different food coloring (pink, teal), using different types of apples (McIntosh, Gala, Fuji), or coating the apples with candy, cookies, caramel, or chocolate. Also offer sugar-free options and customized apples to go along with holidays, such as: Valentines, St. Patrick, Halloween,etc.
Apple Apps, Games and Products
Schedule a gathering to explore the latest Apps, Games, and Products released by the company, Apple. Before the meeting, take a survey of what people are most interested in learning or exploring.
Apple - Mix & Match
On a sheet of paper or the whiteboard, try naming as many apples as possible, such as: Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, etc.
Download this free activity and use as a memory card game by printing two copies of the apple page. Place all 12 cards face down, one at a time, flip over a card. The object of this game is to match two cards that are the same.
Apples to Apples
Play the popular card game "Apples to Apples". The judge puts down one green card and all participates put down one red card from their hand that they feel is the best fit for the green card. Before the cards are revealed, mix them up. Once the judge picks a red card, that person wins that round.
Big Apple - Subway Activity
Did you know that New York City is nicknamed the "Big Apple"? March 24, 1900 the Mayor broke ground on the tunnel that would link the many Manhattan attractions (Central Park, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc.) to the many Brooklyn attractions (Brooklyn Bridge, New York Aquarium, Coney Island, etc.).
Celebrate today with your favorite apple dessert and this activity that puts a twist on the New York Subway map by exchanging subway stops for coffee shops that can be found at each stop.
What is the proper term, rotting or rotten? One rotting apple spoils the whole bunch or one rotten apple spoils the whole bunch? Rotting (verb) means in the process of happening and rotten (adjective) is past tense and means has already occurred. Use this activity to test your spelling skills and reminisce about school days.
an extension to this activity, make a list of items that can be found
in the classroom, such as: ruler, apple, desk, papers, board, books,
Discussion about Apples
Discuss at least 10 different uses for an apple. For example:
Name the Fruit Trivia
How do you like them apples? This is a phrase that means "What do you think about that? This "saying" can be changed from apples to bananas, etc.
Use this activity to play "Name the Fruit". There are two ways to play, name the fruit on the card or choose 1 of 2 answer choices presented on each card. Have all answers, at a glance, using the included answer key.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, is an old English proverb that means eating nutritious food will essentially make you healthier, including your heart. As a result, you would not have to visit the doctor as often. Apples are also good for your dental health, helping to keep teeth strong.
Use this activity to identify different bodily organs, such as: eyes, tongue, lungs, etc. Name the organ using only the description trivia cards or choose one of the two given multiple choices.
Seasonal Punch Cards
Apple varieties mature throughout the year, but for many people, apples generate the feeling of seasons changing and fall harvest. What are some other things that remind you of season changes? The leaves changing color, the weather becoming cooler (in some areas), or time to harvest many other fruit and vegetables (pumpkins).
Use these Seasonal Punch Cards to keep track of how many times someone comes to activities, wins bingo, or anything else you can think of that you would like to track.
Invite a local preschool or elementary class to enjoy this intergenerational activity.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Wizard of Oz
Apple Lotion Massages
Use a sweet, apple scented lotion to give hand and arm massages.
Apple Tasting and Discussion
Select 2 or more different types of apples and offer a slice of each. Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon on the apple slices before serving. Use the worksheet to discuss the similarities and differences using:
Prepare cinnamon apples by using apples, butter, lemon juice, brown sugar, apple cider and cinnamon. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or use a slow cooker liner. In the slow cooker, mix apples, butter and lemon juice. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon; toss to coat. Pour cider over apples.
Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 hours 30 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve the cinnamon apples with apple cider or apple juice.
Visit your local Applebee's restaurant. They offer a free meal to all veterans in the United States, in some areas.
If you are ever in Prague, Czech Republic, visit the Apple Museum. This museum showcases the largest private collection of Apple products in the world. Learn about the evolution of the Apple brand and its cutting edge products.
If you cannot make it to Prague, take the 3D Tour of the entire facility through the website, browse the many pictures and learn more about the history of Apple.
Visit a local apple orchard and go apple picking. Enjoy any snacks or treats that the orchard offers, such as: apples, apple donuts, apple cider, etc.
Enjoy an old fashioned apple pie from your local McDonald's restaurant. Afterwards, enjoy a leisure ride through town and discuss what you see.
Visit your local Apple store for a product demonstration. Call ahead for an apple store appointment.
Use real or fake apples as a bowling ball, set up water bottles as bowling pins. Choose to keep score or just play for fun.
Complete various apple picking movements (reaching). For example, reach up, to the side, and from the floor to pick apples.
Apple Peeling Contest
Host an apple peeling contest, using an apple corer or a handheld peeler. Complete the contest using two individuals at a time or create teams of two or more.
Apple Scavenger Hunt
Using the apples on the last pages of this free worksheet download, print as many copies, on card stock, as needed and hide them around your facility. Host a scavenger hunt for fun or add competition and award a prize for the person that finds the most apples. Use each apple as a token to purchase or win an auction. Download "Holiday Hunt" for more themed objects to use for scavenger hunts.
The object of this game is to try to stack 5 or more apples on top of each other without the stack falling over.
Using plastic apples or bean bags that resemble apples (red, green, etc.), toss them into pails, buckets, or baskets. Play for fun or make it a competition.
Using one apple, insert 5-10 pennies and drizzle olive oil all over the apple. The object of this game is to remove as many pennies as possible using the non-dominant hand. For example, if someone is right-handed , then they should use their left hand for this activity. The person that removes the most pennies, wins.
Host an apple festival or apple harvest with games, activities, and snacks. Watch Forrest Gump (the movie). There is a scene were, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), opens a letter of thanks from Apple after his former partner (Lieutenant Dan) invested profits from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in "some kind of fruit company".
Apple Happy Hour
Host an apple party or apple social during "Happy Hour". Serve apple pie, apple turnover, or apple crisp, and ice cream. If you choose to celebrate as a morning activity, you can serve apple oatmeal muffins, apple fritters, apple cider donuts, apple jacks cereal, apple yogurt and apple juice or apple cider. Make your own apple butter/jelly/jam and spread it on fresh baked apple bread.
If you choose to celebrate as an afternoon/evening activity, you can serve apple upside down cake, apple quesadilla, apple dumplings and mocktails, such as: Washington Apple, Appletini, or Hard Apple Cider. Prepare a variety of apples that pair well with a variety of wines.
Play music, such as: "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" by Andrews Sisters and play "Pass the Apple". It is played similar to "Hot Potato" or "Musical Chairs". Simply start the music and pass the apple to the left or to the right, whoever is left holding the apple when the music stops is out until the next round.
Host a potluck or contest with the only requirement being that the recipe must be apple related, such as:
Invite the local police or firefighter department to be the judge. Give the winner(s) a prize, such as a gift card and award them the Golden Apple Award.
Offer an apple nacho bar and apple spice tea. Using 2-3 different apple slices offer a variety of ingredients that pair well with apples, such as:
Bob for Apples
Try this twist on a classic apple activity. Bobbing for apples is usually played by filling a container with water and dipping one's head into the water and blindly bobbing for apples. This twist is less messy and does not require dipping one's head, instead participants are "bobbing" with a soup ladle or a small aquarium fishing net while blindfolded.