Who doesn’t love bobbing for apples? It’s a fun way to add a fall festive activity to the classroom. My kids love dipping their hands into a bowl filled with apples and cold water and trying to create words with what they grabbed. I put the activity out on a table and within 10 seconds there was already so much intrigue from the kiddos.
Bobbing for words is a fun way to let the students practice different word families. It would be a great addition to Johnny Appleseed celebrations (FYI Johnny Appleseed day is September 26th), an orchard trip or any fun fall festivities.
The activity is super simple to set up. Grab a bag of apples and use a permanent marker to write consonants on each apple. Fill a bowl or tub with water and dump all of the apples in.
Grab the Free Printable Here: Bobbing For Words Free Printable
Print off the free apple printable and start students off with the word families you’re studying.
Let the students grab an apple out of the bowl. Next, they’ll copy the letter they bobbed out into the apple outline. I know some teachers still do the old school bobbing for apples with the teeth/mouth method. I can’t bring myself to do it because of the germ factor! Plus you don’t want the kids to eat the skin with the permanent marker on it.
Make sure to have a towel or two on hand to catch water dripping off of the apples and little hands.
I hate the idea of wasting fruit. So instead of tossing the apples kids had their hands all over I would find a wonderful parent volunteer who would make apple pie or apple sauce. With another good washing and peeling the rest of the apples could be cooked into a delicious treat to continue the fall celebrations.
What are your favorite apple activities? Comment below to tell us about them!
Don’t forget the Bobbing For Words Free Printable!