We have had so much fun exploring apples this fall! It has been a great way to introduce the changing of the seasons, do some cooking and baking and delve into some school related activities.
We have done lots and lots of cooking and baking this week! We made applesauce in the crockpot. Everyone got a turn to peel the apple and they loved it!
Once everyone had a turn we put our peeled apples into the crockpot with Apple Cider and let them cook down for a few hours.
After our applesauce had baked for a few hours, we took turns having a taste test! It was about 50/50 response for the children that loved it or thought it was ok.
Then we made mini apple pies with the children. This was their favorite baking activity! Again we got to use the big peeler to peel the apples.
Once we added some cinnamon and sugar to our apples we cut out circles from pre-made pie crust. They baked into small mini apple pies in the muffin tray. It was the perfect size for a taste test!
I’m not sure what they liked better…the apple pies or the ice cream?!!
We have also read “Ten Apples up on Top” a few mornings in a row. The children loved to stop the book, count the apples, and see which character was in the lead.
I extended this concept by putting up an apple activity on the magnetic board. Each of the characters are on magnets, and then I put lots and lots of apples on the board. We would stack them up high and try to count how many apples were on top! You can see B below put almost all of the apples on the dog!
We have also read a few fiction and non-fiction apple stories as well:
For sensory play we have had “Apple Pie Play Dough.” I made a large batch of red play dough and added cinnamon and nutmeg for an additional sensory element. I put out some laminated play dough mats with trees on them for creating their own apple trees. I also brought down two really big pie trays so they could made their own “apple play dough pies.”
It has been a very busy week of baking and eating! I can’t wait see what adventures we can have next week!