Lacing up apples in preschool

The theme of the week for this class has been apples. I happen to be a huge fan of all the fun things you can do with apples so I enjoy stopping by to see what the children are doing.

This was day two of their apple making project so as you can see in the photo above, the children had already painted their apples and now it was time to lace them up.

Lacing can be quite a challenging prospect. At first the children were having a little trouble pushing the yarn through the little holes. The yarn  was fraying at the ends or getting tangled up on the stem of the apples.

So we decided it might be a bit easier if we added a “needle” to the end of the yarn and shorten the length of the yarn up just a bit so it wouldn’t get so tangled. For us, a “needle” is simply wrapping a piece of tape around the end of the yarn.

Now the children began to have much more success at lacing up their apples. Before the apples were laced all the way up, we stopped to stuff them with newspaper.

The children ripped up the paper and then rolled it into small balls to push into the opening of their apples.

Then we finished lacing and tied the yarn at the end.

Ideas can always seem so simple when you look at them in writing or in a book or online and then the real test comes when you put the ideas into action in the classroom.  What we learned from this activity was how to make sure we allowed plenty of time to complete each phase of the activity.

Phase 1: tracing and cutting

Phase 2: Painting

Phase 3: Lacing and stuffing

The pre-k class had no problem completing each phase because we gave them the time.

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By |2010-09-10T16:00:49+00:00September 10th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Centers and Circle Time September 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to try this with my upcoming fall unit…thanks for sharing:)

  2. Ayn Colsh September 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Whew! thanks goodness haven’t printed my plans yet! I’ve got to add this to my apple unit this week. I think this is such a good idea. I may even have some of the friends punch the holes for a little extra fine motor exercise! Thanks so much for posting this!

    • Deborah J. Stewart September 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      LOL! I know what you mean! I had to do the same after seeing your “I Like Me” ideas!

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