Johnny Appleseed and Apple Prints
This week instead of a recipe, I would like to share a fun
lesson that expands on the apple theme from last week's recipe
post. This is a lesson I created and implemented with my occupational
therapist colleague and is an imaginative mix of communication and sensory-enriched
The Story of Johnny
The lesson began with a simple 6-picture story of Johnny
Appleseed (it's a story I have had for several years now). We read the story two
times. The first time, I simply read through it and showed the corresponding
The second time, I chose one key word paired with a
sign/gesture from each picture and had the children take turns saying that word
into a microphone to help them learn the story sequence, comprehend the
character's actions and practice using their words.
- Johnny planted "SEEDS."
- Johnny "WATERED" the
- Tall "TREES" grew.
- "APPLES" grew on the
- Johnny "PICKED" the
- Johnny "EATS" the apples.
Over the next two weeks, each child will put together their
own 6-piece story of Johnny Appleseed. They will need to color and sequence the
pictures and then retell the story.
The long term goal is that they will be able to retell
the story to the best of their ability for their classmates and parents.
After reading and talking about the story, we moved from our
"story circle" over to the table for some hands-on messy fun!
We used three different apples -- red, green and yellow. We
named each color and then matched the apples to the corresponding paint color.
Next, we cut the apples open and talked about the seeds
inside, referring back to our main character, Johnny Appleseed, and the seeds
he planted in the ground that grew into tall apple trees!
Next we dipped the apples into the paint to make apple
prints on the paper. Everyone had a turn using each paint/apple color and the
students needed to "use your words" to ask for the colors they needed/wanted
In addition, a note was sent home on apple stationary to let
the parents know about their child's therapy session and theme for the next few
weeks. We also asked parents to send in extra apples if they were able! Here is
for additional apple crafts if you are interested!