Growing with the Apple Pie Tree!


I start looking forward to fall about halfway though the summer. I love going apple picking, drinking cider, baking pies, wearing cozy sweaters and watching football. Today’s book goes along with my love of all things apple and autumn as well!

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The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall is an adorable tale of two little kids who watch their apple tree as it goes through the seasons. They take the reader through all of the changes the apple tree goes through, along with the family of robins who live there. In the end, they pick the apples from their tree and make an apple pie with their parents. This story is a great way to introduce children to the changes of the season, and a great reason to make apple pie!

Apple Handprints – Use your child’s hand and forearm to trace a tree trunk. Cut four of these trunks out of brown paper. Cut 3 green tree shapes out of paper and glue three of the trunks to them.  For each of the seasons, have kids use paint to decorate their trees. White fingerprints for snowflakes on the bare trunk, pink fingerprints for spring flowers, green thumbprints for summer apples and red thumbprints for fall apples.

Language – Discuss different apple characteristics. Try different types of apples and compare and contrast them. Are they sweet? Are they soft? What apples do your kids prefer? Have them taste test different types of apples and decide on their favorites.

Practice math skills with help from an apple pie tree!

Apple Math – Have kids count apple seeds! They can group them into groups of 5 or 10 as well. You could also cut apple shapes out of green, red and yellow paper and write numbers on them. Have kids count out the right number of seeds to match the apples.

Go apple picking – Enjoy the best of the fall season with some apple picking! If you have a local orchard, go out and pick a bunch of apples off the trees yourself! Try different varieties and colors.

Apple Sort – Have toddlers sort apples by color. Get a variety of apples in reds, greens and yellow and have kids sort them into their respective groups.

Bake an apple pie! – Use an old family recipe or find a new recipe online. Have kids help you measure and mix ingredients. Cooking together in the kitchen provides a wealth of learning opportunities, as well as a chance to create great memories.

Does your family have any cool traditions with apples or apple pie? Let me know in the comments!


  • […] Our friend Vicki at Babies to Bookworms recommended The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall. It tells the story of an apple tree throughout all four seasons through the eyes of two young children. (And the last page of the book includes more details about the pollination process and a recipe for apple pie!) Be sure to visit Vicki’s site for activity ideas for this great book. […]

  • Shelby.@ For The Love of Paws

    September 4, 2017 at 8:18 am Reply

    These are adorable! You made me so excited for Fall. 🙂 I love the hand trees as well, never did that!

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun making them. I can’t wait for fall!

  • Kayla O'Neill

    September 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

    I have not seen this book yet but will definitely be checking it out! My son loves to bake with me. I am excited for the cooler weather so we can do more of it…such a great way for children to learn!

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! We love cooking together, and I’m excited to make lots of apple treats soon!

  • Chevelle

    September 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm Reply

    This is so cute! We have an apple festival in my town and I am totally going to do this with my kiddos!

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it! I love fall festivals! I have to get a list together of our local ones so we can make sure to get to them.

  • Innana

    September 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

    We love apples around here and are super stoked to go apple picking in a couple of weeks! I also wanted to say that the apple pie looks super amazing and I’m now going to want to make one LOL

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Haha, thank you! I am so excited to take my daughter apple picking again!

  • Stacey

    September 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm Reply

    We have got to get this book! We love apple season!

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm Reply

      It’s one of my favorites!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    September 4, 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

    This is so cute! Your post makes me so excited for fall. I always love going apple picking this time of year 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m excited for fall and all of the apple related activities it brings!

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    September 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Thanks for letting me know about these books. I am building a reading list for my grandchildren and this would make a lovely addition to it. What a great way to learn about math and science too.

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

      I hope they enjoy it! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Caitlin Patoka

    September 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply

    I’m a huge fan of all the outdoor fall activities too, especially with young kids! We go apple picking at least once every fall and it’s always a hit with the kids. My 4 year old loves any crafts involving hand tracing so she will be delighted to turn her entire forearm+hand into a tree trunk! I would have never thought to do that to illustrate the changes in the seasons but it works so well.

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply

      My daughter loved it! I hope yours does as well. I also love all of the outdoor activities in the fall. I loved going apple picking before I had my daughter and it’s even more fun now!

  • Jessica Peresta

    September 4, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Love simple crafts that I know I can actually do with my kids ha! Thank you!

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope it goes well!

  • Anna

    September 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm Reply

    You are very creative I love these crafts. I cannot wait to take our daughter to pick some apples. When it comes to crafting I am not really good at it but I try though .

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply

      Thank you! This is an easy one so I hope you try it out!

  • Anne | onedeterminedlife

    September 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply

    That looks like such a fun easy craft to do with kids!

    • Vicki

      September 4, 2017 at 10:15 pm Reply

      We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Julie

    September 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

    These are so fun! I really love the apple trees with the hand and arm paper trunks! Perfect for fall!

    • Vicki

      September 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

      We had so much fun making those!

  • Jamie F

    September 13, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

    What a cool resource for fall! Love the idea of the book and all the activities. Especially baking an apple pie- yum!! And, the apple tree craft!!

    • Vicki

      September 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

      I love the fall! We have been having lots of apple fun already!

  • Stacy

    September 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm Reply

    I’m defiantly trying this craft with my boys. There’s one thing we all love and that’s apples. Your craft looks so fun!

    • Vicki

      September 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Julia

    September 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

    These are such great activities to do with kids, and I also love Fall time for anything Apple!!! So I’m all in for any activities involving them : )

    • Vicki

      September 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Apples are just so much fun, and they are so delicious!

  • Jiya B

    September 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm Reply

    This is sucha cute activity with kids. I will surely try this with my kids thanks for sharing

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it!


    September 14, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply

    You are doing great stuff with your kid. Love the crafts. And I am sure, apple pie would have tasted yum!

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

      Thank you! We have a lot of fun!

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