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Part of a great series full of play ideas based on a central theme.

Play Theme Cheat Sheet #6: Fall Fun!

It’s fall! My absolute favorite season. So, of course, I had to make it into a Play Theme Cheat Sheet. And really – cool weather, gorgeous leaves, pumpkins galore – what’s not to love?

I have always wanted to take my little family apple picking in the fall. (I’ve never actually been. Sad, right?) But since apple farms are few and far between where I live, I decided to bring apple picking to us–with a little educational value built in.

We’ve been working on our numbers at home, so I thought why not make a number apple picking game?

I went straight to the craft store to pick up a few sheets of felt. I chose gray for my tree and red for the apples. Then I chose a few scrap fabric pieces for the stems and the leaves. I also picked up a bottle of black fabric paint.

Then, after the kids went to bed, I started cutting. I used a cookie cutter to trace the shape of my apples. Then, I attached the stems and leaves with a dot of Fabri-tac (a simple stitch would do just as well.) The last step was to add my numbers with the fabric paint (0-9).


I let them dry overnight and in the morning it was time to play!

We played three ways:

1. We “picked the apples” by number (number recognition).

2. We “picked” a certain number of apples at a time (counting).

3. We “picked” some apples, and added others (addition and subtraction).



Isaiah loved it so much, we played all day. The fact that it was educational was my little secret. It was a great lesson, and a perfect way to celebrate fall.

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Alli is wife to Michael, mommy to Isaiah and friend to their furry one, Hershey girl. Her passion lies in being a Mom and finding ways to bring creativity to life with her family. You can visit her blog (You have your blog, we have Aars) for ideas, activities, inspiration and more.