Sunday, September 8, 2013

Apples and Crayons!

Who doesn't love apples and new boxes of Crayola crayons?   I created the activities included in this Blog post last year as part of a publication submission.  They were such a hit, I wanted to share them with my readers. 

You might see a trend when you look at some of the projects that I post.  I like to use materials that may be on hand already, and or can be re-purposed. Both of the activities included in this post use minimal paper and construction time.  The templates are provided in black and white so you can print them off onto colored cardstock too (optional) to conserve ink!

The Apple puzzles are fun, and can be added to apple themed learning centers for independent work.  The font on these are not dotted.  You could use them with dry erase markers (after lamination) as long as you don't cut them out. 

Apple Alphabet Puzzles

Materials Needed:
  • Cardstock
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Colored Pens
  • Lamination
  • Apple Alphabet Puzzles Template
  1. Print Apple Alphabet Puzzles Template onto cardstock.
  2. Option 1 is to print black and white onto cardstock and color with ink pens, option 2 is to color the template prior to printing.
  3. Cut out whole apple alphabet pieces (do not cut center for puzzle until after lamination)
  4. Laminate apple alphabet pieces.
  5. Cut center of apple alphabet pieces to complete the puzzles.

Crayon Patterning Activity
Download blank template HERE

Materials Needed:
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Lamination
  • Printer
  • Crayon Patterning Template

This activity is great for young children to learn patterns and patterning. Crayons are a perfect manipulative to use for their wide range of colors, and availability.
  1. Print Crayon Pattern Template.
  2. Color the pattern templates (with crayons or non-bleed permanent ink pens) in different patterns. Make as many as you'd like with different patterns and colors. (AABB, ABAB, ABCA)
  3. Cut out the Crayon templates.
  4. Laminate Crayon templates for durability.
  5. Get out your box of crayons and match the crayon colors with the pattern cards.
(Can be used for a group, or individual activity)

If you have a suggestion or request for a new freebie, please leave me a comment below.  I love hearing from you!   Enjoy your week!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. I love the crayon activity for patterning. Thanks for sharing. I've laready started it.
    Mary Ann

  2. Danielle, visiting this page makes me happy! So colorful and cheery!
    Not to mention the great ideas you post, and the cute goat! : )
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching


Thank you for your comment! I love to hear from you!