This week marks the start of the 2017 – 2018 Virtual Book Club for Kids which we are excited to be joining in with co-hosting again.  Today is the start of the next round. This week the theme is apples which is appropriate as Autumn has most definitely hit us here (rain every day on the school run anyone?!).

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So inspired by this week’s featured book is Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins I created some Apple Tree Playdough so we could have fun picking and (pretending to eat) our own apples.


apple tree playdough

Whip up 3 batches of coloured playdough in red, green and brown or you could substitute the red (which we used for the apples) for red pom poms or red buttons. To make the playdough I used our easy no-cook playdough recipe below:

Playdough ingredients:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 4 table spoons of cream of tar tar
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Food colouring (for the brown I used ready mixed paint)

Make the playdough:

  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  • Add the oil
  • Add the food colouring to the boiling water and combine before pouring into the bowl
  • Mix until all the ingredients have started to combine and leave to cool
  • Once cool enough to touch turn out on to a dry surface and knead for a good few minutes until all the stickiness has gone.

I had this playdough ready to use straight after we had finished reading the book so the children were keen to get started with making their own apple trees.

I was so impressed with the apple trees they created. Some of the younger ones did need help so I rolled out some tree trunks and small red playdough apples for them and then left the rest to them.


Apple Tree Playdough

In the book Ten Red Apples, the animals keep eating all the farmer’s apples from his apple tree so the Little Tots had fun pretending to eat all the apples off their trees and then adding them back on again.

Apple Tree Playdough

apple tree playdough

As well as counting the apples this was also a great activity for fine motor skills, picking up those little balls of playdough and rolling them between their fingers.

However, they weren’t content just adding a few apples to their trees, they started adding all the playdough and the trees started to become all manner of things as they really started to use their imaginations and expand on the story in the book.

Apple Tree Playdough

….and with 3 different colours of playdough being on offer came the dreaded colour mixing! I’m pretty ok about playdough colours mixing as it’s all homemade so we can just make more.

Here are some of my favourite creations from this morning – playdough apples, a pizza, a monster and some apple flavoured worms!

Apple Tree Playdough

Below are lots more themed activities from the Kids Virtual Book Club hosts and co-hosts.

More Ten Red Apple Activities from the Virtual Book Club Co-Hosts:

apple tree playdough

apple tree playdough

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