Big and Small Apple Trees

Since this was my oldest daughters last week before starting Kindergarten we kept it simple yet informative. I started off the week by using the apple tree life cycle unit I posted previously. I figured for the month of September it’ll be all about apple trees. My youngest will be turning 2 in November therefore I try to give her information, without making it way to informative because she’s still really young.

For a fun craft activity my daughters and I made simple apple trees out of toilet paper and paper towel rolls. We used toilet paper rolls to represent dwarf trees, and the paper towel roll to represent a standard size apple tree. My youngest daughter enjoyed grabbing the dot stickers, giving her an opportunity to work on fine motor skills.

Using two sizes allowed me to talk more about the concept of big and small with my youngest.

What we used to make the apple trees…
-toilet paper roll (dwarf tree)
-paper towel roll (standard size tree)
-dot stickers for the apples you could also use construction paper instead.
-duct tape or glue
-green construction paper for top of the tree, cut in the shape of a bush.

My youngest daughter chose to use green stickers and my oldest used red stickers for the apples on her apple trees.

We tried gluing the construction paper to the toilet paper and paper towel rolls, we couldn’t get it to stick fully so we ended up pulling out the duct tape. It’s my oldest daughters favorite, and that worked to keep the construction paper attached to the empty rolls.

Each day we colored a coloring page. The pages represent each stage of an apple trees life cycle in simple sentences to incorporate reading in a fun way for my oldest daughter. She is at the age in which I’m exposing her to as much reading as possible. The coloring pages I used for this week are the same ones I shared in the apple tree life cycle unit.

Please remember any printable activities found on are for personal use only, and are meant to be done with adult supervision.
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