Have you read the story of Johnny Appleseed with your kids yet? It’s perfect for early Fall. I’ve put together an adorable set of printable Johnny Appleseed activities you can use with your early learners this year.
These Johnny Appleseed worksheets help build reading comprehension skills, teach narration, explore the 5 senses, build fine motor skills, and more. Your children will have fun being apple taste testers, exploring the life cycle of an apple, and learning all about Johnny Appleseed.
Johnny Appleseed Printable Activities
Johnny Appleseed teaches children to give generously and spread kindness. The inspiring tale of his adventures planting apple trees all over the American frontier is the perfect story to begin your school year.
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Johnny Appleseed Story for Kids
In this printable bundle of Johnny Appleseed worksheets, I’ve included a short story all about him that you can read aloud to your kids this Fall. Talk about all the good deeds John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, did during his lifetime. He helped American settlers, cared for animals, and treated everyone he met kindly.
I have found that kids listen better and retain more information when their hands are busy. That’s why I like to give young learners a page to color or something to manipulate while I read aloud.
My homemade apple slime is a great way to keep little hands busy while learning all about Johnny Appleseed together.
When you’ve finished the story, check for reading comprehension by asking kids to answer questions and narrate their favorite parts of the story. I’ve included 6 comprehension cards in these printable Johnny Appleseed activities to help.
I like to use these cards in a fun trivia game. First, I ask the question on each card and give the child who answers correctly the card. After I’ve asked all the questions, the person with the most cards wins the game.
Want to learn even more about Johnny Appleseed?
Check out some of my favorite Johnny Appleseed picture books to use with this printable worksheet bundle:
- Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
- Who Was Johnny Appleseed? by Joan Holub
- Johnny Appleseed: The Legend and the Truth by Jane Yolen
- Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme Raji Codell
- Little Naturalists Johnny Appleseed by Kate Coombs
Printable Johnny Appleseed Activities
There are many more printable Johnny Appleseed activities included in this bundle.
Check out the other fun learning opportunities in this worksheet pack:
Apple Taste Test
This activity is easy to set up and it’s always a big hit with young kids! To get started, you’ll need several different kinds of apples:
- Red Delicious
- Granny Smith
If you can’t find one of these varieties in your area, feel free to substitute other types of apples. Once you’ve got your apples, give each child a slice of every type of apple and a copy of the included Johnny Appleseed worksheet.
This is a perfect science activity for snack time! Let your kids taste each apple and fill in their observations in the printable Apple Taste Test table. It’s a great way to practice using the scientific method with your kids this Fall.
Printable Johnny Appleseed Activities
Here’s how to use this Johnny Appleseed worksheet to teach the scientific method:
Ask your kids questions about each apple. What does it look like? How does it smell? How does it taste? Explain that this is how scientists make observations.
Ask a Question and Form a Hypothesis
Explain that scientists always have a question in mind they are trying to answer. Scientists use experiments to find answers. Then, ask your kids which apple they think will taste the best. Explain that this is a hypothesis: a question scientists ask that can be tested.
A prediction is an educated guess about what you think the answer will be. Using what they can discover from seeing, touching, and smelling the apples, ask your students to guess which apple will taste the best.
This is the fun part! Taste all the apples and record what each apple tastes like on the Apple Taste test worksheet. Who’s prediction was correct?
Apple Life Cycle Craft
Learning about life cycles is another great science activity for early learners. Life cycles help kids understand the natural order of things. You can use this Johnny Appleseed craft to explore the life cycle of an apple with your kids this Fall.
In addition to labeling the stages of the apple’s life cycle and putting them in order, your kids will get to build cutting and pasting skills for strong finger muscles and dexterity with this printable Johnny Appleseed activity too.
Want to learn more about the life cycle of an apple? Try my Apple Life Cycle Activities bundle.
Johnny Appleseed Hands on learning fun
Celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day with Kids
Did you know September 27 is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday? It’s also National Johnny Appleseed Day in America. You can celebrate with your early learners using these printable Johnny Appleseed worksheets and activities.
Want more ways to celebrate Johnny Appleseed and learn about apples with your kids on National Johnny Appleseed Day?
Try a few favorites:
- 100+ Preschool Themed Apple Activities
- How To Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day
- Best Apple Activities for Preschoolers
- 25+ Awesome Apple Activities
- Apple Birdseed Bird Feeders
- Apple Themed Math & Apple Counting Cards
- Johnny Appleseed Paper Bag Puppet
- 5o Cute & Easy Apple Crafts
- Preschool & Kindergarten Apple Printables
- Apple Science Experiments
Johnny Appleseed Activities
For even more fun, take a field trip to a local orchard. If you call ahead, the farmer may be willing to give you a tour and teach your kids a bit about growing apples and maintaining an orchard. Sometimes you can pick your own apples to enjoy or try fresh-pressed apple cider.
Johnny Appleseed is definitely one of my favorite American legends, in part because he really existed. I hope these printable Johnny Appleseed activities help you to celebrate this exciting American legend with your kids this Fall too.
What fun apple themed activities do you have planned?
Share your ideas in the comments. I can’t wait to read them!