Well, I really didn't have a plan, but I knew I had to do something cheap and fun. Thankfully I have a lot of construction paper! But, what to do with it?!? Then I saw the tissue paper. I swear, I have been using this same bucket of tissue paper for about 9 of my 10 years! Something hit me - inspiration perhaps? - but I decided to pull out all the red, yellow and green tissue paper squares.... and while doing that, I thought "ooo I can pull out red, yellow and green sequins!" Which lead to red, yellow and green foam self-adhesive letters too. I was starting to form an idea here.
What if we decorated yellow, red and green construction paper apple shapes with red, yellow and green items?!?! Seemed like a good idea. Practice picking up tiny things is always great for the fine motor skill development, and look at those varied textures?! That is always fun and interesting. So there you go - I may still be using tissue paper, but we have a new craft to do during storytime.
To go along with that fun craft, of course I had to include some stories!!! (I had those picked out a head of time - really!). Ten Red Apples is a great counting book with cute illustrations. In addition, I love Lynne Berry's "ducking" books and Ducking for Apples has great rhymes and it is fun to read aloud. A new discovery is The Growing-Up Tree . A very touching story about a apple tree that grows along with a boy Albert from the time he was born until he was an old, grey, grandpa. Check them out, as well as other great apple books at your local library!