Practice important STEAM and fine motor skills with your preschoolers this Fall using this engaging and hands-on Apple STEAM investigation station! You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! collage of apple STEAM images with text: Apple STEAM Investigation for PreschoolersSTEAM Activities are perfect for your preschool-aged learners. Not only are they engaging and hands-on, but they’re also a great way to encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills.

preschooler putting red pompoms into cardboard tubeOur thematic study for this month is Orchard Harvest, so of course, we had to practice our engineering skills by building some apple trees of our own!

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preschooler pushing sticks into cardboard tube to make pretend apple treeA huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

pretend apple tree made from red pompoms, sticks, and cardboard tubes on traySo far this month, we’ve explored the tree life cycle and now we’re learning all about fruit trees with today’s quick and easy Apple STEAM!

preschooler holding pretend apple tree made from sticks, cardboard tube, and red pompomApple STEAM

Investigation and Inquiry, Fine Motor

Set Up

  • Set out hole-punched paper towel tubes and straws or sticks.
  • Encourage children to construct a fruit tree with the materials.

preschooler filling cardboard tube with red pompomsBig Questions

  • How can you use the materials to build a tree that is sturdy and strong?
  • What other materials could help make the tree stand tall?
  • What kind of fruit tree could this be?
  • What happens if the fruit falls?

preschooler holding cardboard tube over trayI can’t get over how much baby girl enjoyed this adorable STEAM activity. She loved it and kept coming back to it all day. Even the little guy wanted to experiment with building apple trees. After all, little kids learn best through play.

cardboard tubes, sticks, and red pompoms on trayDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Orchard Harvest theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of apple STEAM images with text: Apple Tree Investigation STEAM for Kids