“I just don’t understand why everybody says a different thing! Why can’t they all say “apple pie?”
“You didn’t expect people to name so many different things?”
“No! I thought everybody would say “apple pie.” That’s what I think about.”
1. Apple Picking
Oh, you knew I was going to say this one first, didn’t you? I can’t think of too many activities that are so much fun for the whole family and work for kids of multiple ages. I count it as one of the best childhood experiences. In my childhood apple picking meant sitting on an apple tree in my grandmother’s backyard and eating unripe apple after unripe apple after unripe apple. Who could possibly wait for fall when apples were hanging so invitingly on a tree swaying in a breeze all summer, singing their siren song. By the time apples were actually ripe the thrill of eating them usually wore off. Besides by that time it was September and I was back in a city sitting behind school desk bored out of my mind. Now that I have kids and a small apple orchard in a back yard (3 apples trees to be exact), we still take time to enjoy a family trip to a nice big orchard.
2. Cooking with Apples
I love baking with my kids. I believe baking is a science and a great introduction to math. Try it with you kids! You might like this classical American pie or go for our healthy gluten-free Russian Apple pie. Can you almost feel a delicious aroma of baking pie just by looking at the photos?
If you are looking to branch out and try some new ideas get Cooking with Apples! from your local library. This cookbook for kids is fun to explore together.
My favorite dish with apples is Apple-Eggplant bake (I made it up myself, so I don’t know if there is anyone who actually tried combining apple and eggplant in one baking pan). My favorite apple treat is Homemade Apple Sorbet.
3. Apple Science
Science is my favorite thing to teach and I try to work it into every subject we get interested in. My focus is to stimulate investigation. We start with, “ok, here is an apple. What can we done with it?” Usually, the first thing I hear is a chorus of, “Let’s explode it!” Enter baking soda and vinegar! (Before I had kids I would never have believed the quantities of baking soda and vinegar we would go through on a regular basis. We buy a 13lb bag of baking soda and 1.3 lb bottle of vinegar pretty much on every trip to Costco). So, the first thing I recommend to do with apples is what we call Apple Volcano. Scoop apple out, fill it with baking soda, add a few drops of food coloring, then carefully add vinegar. Voila! Loads of foamy fun all around.
Another fun experiment to like we call Dancing Apple Seeds. Dissolve a couple of teaspoons of baking soda in a glass of water (leave an inch of empty space at the top), add apple seeds, then a teaspoon of vinegar. The seeds should start traveling up and down in the glass. Dancing Seeds! If nothing happens, just add more vinegar. If nothing still happens, add more baking soda. You can also try extracting apple juice with pectinase, brown apple experiment, or this simple one on a study of acids.
4. Apple Sensory Play
Green peas, oh green peas, how I love you… scattered all over my carpet… Not really, but everything has a price and I’m willing to deal with peas on my carpet for some sensory play fun. For this project I found some free apple tree printouts (we like this one and this one because they are easy for kids to cut out) and printed them on green construction paper. Then we cut out the trees without the trunk. And fashioned toilet paper rolls for trunks by cutting two slits on the sides and inserting the apple tree in (look at the top photo for guidance). Kids glued on red pom-poms. We added our apple trees to a tray filled with dry green peas, threw in a tractor, some Lego duplo people and voila… hours of fun!
5. Bobbing for Apples
If you think that bobbing for apples is an outside game, think again! All you really need is a large salad bowl, water and apples! (Keep a mop nearby). Kids will have a good time AND end up having a great snack!
6. Apple Unit Study
There are lots of wonderful posts on how to create an apple Unit study for your kids. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Montessori-Inspired Apple Unit from Living Montessori Now
Apple Unit Study for Preschool and Kindergarten from Real Life at Home
Apples in Autumn Unit Study from Deep Roots At Home
Apple Math, Literacy and more from Tots and Me
and a very comprehensive guide to everything apple from This Sweet Life of Mine
7. Apple Crafts
There are so many apple crafts I would probably get carpal tunnel syndrome typing them all up. Let me just tell you about a couple we find most interesting and I will also share a couple from other kid bloggers.
Apple Stamp: If you like to eat apples, you probably end up with apple cores and here is a fine way to use them: turn them into stamps. It’s the easiest craft to set up. Eat an apple. (Don’t forget to enjoy it). Instead of throwing the core out, cut it out like on a pic above, and use for stamping. Fill a whole page with stamps or write a nice card for someone and decorate with an apple stamp. (We like to finish this project with lots of glitter).
Threading an apple: Print out a fun apple like this one. Punch holes all around and thread the yarn through it. You can glue it to a piece of construction paper and send it as a card.
3D apple fall decor (coming up)
Also check out a roundup of 25 Apple Craft Activities from No Time for Flashcards
And 30 Apple Craft ideas from 123homeschool4me
8. Apple Activities on Pinterest
Check out my Apple Activities Pinterest Board for more Apple Activities. There you will find roundups from some of the most popular bloggers on the web.
What is your favorite dish with apples? What are your favorite apple activities? What comes to your mind when I say “apple”? If you like apple books here is a long list of apple books that we put together recently.