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Use our free Apple Life Cycle Playdough Mats and Cards to turn playdough time into an opportunity to learn about the life cycle of the apple tree.

The Benefits of Playing with the Apple Playdough Printables

When we think of playdough play, we know that it boosts fine motor skills, but playing with playdough also develops creativity, problem-solving skills, and language.

Playdough play encourages creativity and imagination. The playdough images on the apple life cycle playdough mats are black and white. This causes the student to imagine what colors of playdough to use. Students can also add extra features to the mats such as sunshine or clouds.

Apple Tree Life Cycle Playdough Mat

Children can try different approaches to completing the tasks without breaking anything. This encourages problem-solving skills.

The life cycle of an apple playdough activities will also encourage language and literacy. Students will review or learn some new vocabulary words such as seed, sprout, and sapling.

Creating with playdough gives children a sense of accomplishment. (“I did it!” I’m good at this!”).

What’s Included in the Apple Life Cycle Playdough Mats?

This file includes two playdough mats and a set of four playdough cards.

The first mat is for beginning readers who are learning alphabet sounds: A is for Apple.

A is for Apple Playdough Mat

The second playdough mat and the cards can be used to teach your student about the life cycle of an apple tree.

After the student learns the life cycle, cut apart the cards and let your student sequence them before creating the seed, sprout, sapling, and apple tree.

Apple Life Cycle Playdough Cards for Sequencing

How to Get Started with the Apple Life Cycle Playdough Mats

  1. Laminate the playdough mats or put each one in a dry erase pocket or page protector.
  2. Give your student playdough and let her complete the activities (right on the mats!).
  3. Print the playdough cards and cut apart the cards. Let your student put them in order (seed, sprout, sapling, and tree) and use space on a desk or table to create the objects on the cards.

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More Apple Themed Resources

Are you building an apple unit or apple themed lesson plans? Try some of our other apple resources!

The Apple Pie Tree Lapbook
Apple Tracing Pages
Ten Apples Up on Top Printables