Apple adventures at the North Alabama Agriplex

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Apple Bowling (Ashlyn Grey for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The North Alabama Agriplex visited the Cullman County Public Library Tuesday with their Apple Adventures program for the library’s preschool students. Agriplex aims to hold programs once a month with the local library system and made the decision to host all of their September programs outside to get kids learning outdoors.

Rachel Dawsey, director of North Alabama Agriplex, shared, “They are making apples with homemade apple Play-Doh, there is a matching activity with pretend apples to complete the pattern or there is the lacing activity. We have learned that in preschool, they like to play the most. Today, we have a story to read, and a song.”

Roberta McClellan from Winston County Extension explained the activities and how they can help the preschoolers tune their fine motor skills. “They are using their hands with the Play-Doh, and they are doing sequencing with the matching apples and patterns. Then with the sewing skills, it allows them to get used to the in-and-out motion. They also have the ‘Apple Toss’ and ‘Apple Bowling,’ where they will knock those pins down by rolling the apples.”

Before the dismissal of the program, Director Dawsey read a story to the children called “Applesauce Day,” written by Lisa J. Amstutz and illustrated by Talitha Shipman.

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