Bounce… bounce… bounce… went a thousand colourful hundred and thousand’s, all over our kitchen floor. I quietly, (okay not so quietly), freaked out after making our letter a, chocolate fairy apples with Mr N and M. Don’t get me wrong – mess is good, but there are some days, we can do without it. These laughing apples are perfect for such days, when energy levels are low and you need something fun, easy and delicious to make with kids in the kitchen. These laughing apples are also a great activity for learning the letter a.

letter a via Lessons Learnt Journal

Mr E and Miss K made these for their morning tea. A note of warning for children with nut allergies as this activity uses peanut butter. Although we didn’t try it, I think you could easily substitute the peanut butter with jam or another spread of your choice.


  • Apples
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mini Marshmallows


  1. Cut an apple into eight slices.
  2. Spread peanut butter onto one side of each slice.
  3. Place some mini marshmallows on top of the peanut butter.
  4. Sandwich it with another apple slice.

letter a via Lessons Learnt Journal 02

letter a via Lessons Learnt Journal 03

letter a via Lessons Learnt Journal 04

So simple, silly and yummy!

We talked about the letter shape for a, and the short vowel sound “a”.

Here’s a free handwriting printable of lower case letters of the alphabet, including the letter a.

letter a Alphabet Letters Free Handwriting Printables via Lessons Learnt Journal

K: 2 years, 9 months
E: 4 years 2 months
August 2014
Activities for Children Life With Kids Lessons Learnt Journal

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