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How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World :: Preschool & 1st Grade Activities

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World :: Preschool & 1st Grade Activities

Oh, this book by far has been my favorite row — which is exactly why we took three weeks to complete!  The freedom in homeschooling, yes?

If you haven’t read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, it’s a gem of a book for young children.  Full of opportunity for great lessons as well.

Here’s what our crew did weeks ago; my preschooler was 38 months, and my 1st grader weeks shy of 7 yrs old.

First, we toured the world!  The book’s premise is in order to make an apple pie, a young girl travels around the globe picking the freshest ingredients from where they grow best.

The boys enjoyed placing items in the correct geographical location as we read the story.

Our fabric map came from Amazon, most figures from our In the Country game from Haba (couldn’t find this, but ebay may have it. We l-o-v-e this farming game!).

In math, we did lots of work with fractions.  Preschool consisted of dividing the apple into pieces and counting parts, and talking about 1/2 or whole apples.

For 1st grade we also include 1/3 and 1/4 fraction practice.  Using our magnetic apples we did simple hands-on problems – how many 1/4s make a half?, etc. 

Of course, there was patterning as well — this seems a staple, fun activity each row!

The amount of printables for apple activities is abundant online!  I’ve listed the ones above on my Pinterest Five in a Row page.

I offered my preschooler to paint ‘apples’ on an apple tree using our do a dot markers.  Halfway through, he said “Mom, this is a little boring.”

O-kay… he used to love this activity — last year.  Come on Mom, I guess he has grown up some! 🙂

Long ago we purchased numerous big books – one on the life cycle of apples worked well for several science lessons, and we used this printable to document our learning.

For my preschooler, this simple and sweet youtube video made the concept stick:


No, it’s not apple pie!  We enjoy apple crisp more, so this was our special snack.

Such fun we had…overall, Apple Pie and See the World was enjoyed so much by both Mom and the boys.  Check out what books we’re rowing this winter 2013 and our other Five in a Row posts!


{free apple clip art from this shop; post linked with Collage Friday & Homeschool Creations}


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  • Eddie - The Usual MayhemJanuary 31, 2013 - 10:08 am

    What a great looking row! Heading over to make sure I’m following your FIAR pinterest page now. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sandra M.February 4, 2013 - 10:41 am


    I found you through Pinterest and I just have to tell you that I really, really love what you did here! Thanks for great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Daniele @ Domestic SerenityFebruary 4, 2013 - 5:41 pm

    Thanks so much ladies!ReplyCancel

  • Grace S.February 5, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    My children and I had the best time using the Five in a Row books.(I did all of them,and all the books—Before, Five, Beyond,and Above and Beyond.) So fun to see how you are doing them. Wish I had some some of the “printables” now available (we had to make all our own things! 🙂 My youngest is 10 so I am going through the books for the 4th and last 🙁 time.


  • MaryFebruary 8, 2013 - 11:21 am

    Oh, I loved rowing this book when my kids were little. Your post makes me feel so nostalgic!! Your children are so blessed by you.

    Thanks for linking with Collage Friday!ReplyCancel

  • TristanFebruary 8, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    We loved doing that book once upon a time with our homeschool book club. So much fun. Have you seen the second one, How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA? Just as cute.ReplyCancel

  • danieatdomesticFebruary 8, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Oh, I didn’t know that Tristan! Thank you — already reserved it at our library. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer JanesFebruary 9, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    That book—the whole study you did—sounds like so much fun! I may have to try to find a copy of that and the USA one. I think my girls would love them.ReplyCancel

  • Heather CahillAugust 1, 2013 - 10:36 am

    Where did you get your adorable sequencing apples?ReplyCancel

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  • ChristyAugust 31, 2013 - 9:46 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas! I loved the idea of moving the pieces across the map and I’ve ordered the magnetic apples. We’re looking forward to rowing the book.

    P.S. We’ll be making apple crisp too!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleSeptember 17, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    I know this is a total long shot, but any chance you downloaded the lap book from homeschool share for this book? I want to use it SO bad but they pulled it off the site.ReplyCancel

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  • JennAugust 25, 2014 - 11:59 pm

    Any chance you have any downloads for How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World? I rowed it years back with my oldest and now it’s time to do it with my 2nd. I made use of the awesome lapbook used to have the first time around but now it, like so many other wonderful FIAR resources, is gone. 🙁
    Trying not to recreate everything from scratch myself! If you have any great downloads you could either share or point me to I’d appreciate it so much! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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