Johnny Appleseed was actually born John Chapman on September 26, 1774. So why is he called Johnny Appleseed? As the pioneers were starting to move west he traveled just ahead of them and planted thousands of apple seeds so they would grow into apple trees that could provide food for the settlers as they arrived.
To celebrate his birthday try these rhymes and crafts and create your own fun with apples:
"Eat an Apple" Eat an apple; (bring hand to mouth) Save the core. (cup both hands together) Plant the seeds (bend down and touch hands to ground) And grow some more! (stand up tall and extend both arms up and out)
Apple Prints Cut an apple in half and let it dry for an hour or so. Then lightly coat the cut side with paint and stamp on a piece of paper. Try some different colors - red, yellow or green for different kinds of apples.
Thumbprint Apple Trees Make a tree out of construction paper or draw one with markers. Then use a washable red ink or paint pad to press your thumb in and make thumbprint apples on the tree.