Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall Family Challenge: A is for Apple Picking (and other Apple Activities!)


via http://www.virginia.org/
Ah Fall, my favorite time of year! Nothing quite says Fall like the delicious American apple. An apple for the teacher, going apple picking, making apple pie and drinking apple cider... these are just a few of the many things that you can do with apples! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

A is for Apple Picking (and other Apple Activities!)

Apple Picking

September and October are known throughout most of the United State as prime apple picking season. Not sure where to start? Visit PickYourOwn.org for information about farms and orchards near you.

Apple picking can be a wonderful learning experience for your little ones!  Show your child how to find a nice, firm apple on a branch and how to gently pick it off. Can your child count how many apples they've picked? What observations can they make about how no two apples are exactly alike in size, shape or color? Let your child taste an apple and explain that the entire apple tree came from just one tiny appleseed! (By the way, the story of Johnny Appleseed is a true one. Share with your child how the kindness of one man brought apple trees to a large portion of the country!)

Apple Varieties at the Grocery Store

Can't make it to an apple orchard this year? Take a trip to your local grocery store, instead! Your child will be amazed at how many different varieties of apples there are. To keep this project simple, let your child pick 3 or 4 different apples. By looking at them, ask your child which one is their favorite. Why? At home, prepare apple slices of all the different apples to show your child how the apples taste different, too! Now which one is their favorite?


Apple Stamping!


Via Disney's Family Fun

Apples make great art tools, too! Their firm sides make them an ideal first stamper for little crafters. Check out this simple tote bag project from Disney's Family Fun! These bags make awesome reusable grocery bags, trick-or-treating bags, or book bags! And completely personalized by your child... now that is something to be proud of.







via DisneyFamily.com

Apple Smiles Recipe

 Of course, there are a million recipes out there for things that you can do with apples! Apple pie, caramel apples, apple crisp, apple cider, apple cobbler, apple chutney... the list goes on and on and on! When it comes to kids and snack time though, the key is creativity and fun! These Apple Smiles by Annabel Karmel for Disney Family are sure to get your kids smiling about eating this delicious fruit. And for older kids... it is ok to play with your food! Let them make their own apple smiles to share with the family. (And by the way... have them try an apple smile on their own face... makes for a great photo op!) Click here for the recipe.

Apples To Apples

For the teens and adults in your life, Apples to Apples is the game of choice! This hilarious game of comparisons will get your whole family laughing and having a great time! Retails for about $21.00 at Target.

Have a favorite apple activity not listed here? I'd love to hear from you! Please email me at hollyatnaptime@gmail.com.

The Fall Family Challenge by Holly at Nap Time is designed to encourage families to do activities together and learn at the same time. There are no rules, no wrongs, no rights - just family fun!


3 comments:

  1. I love this! Wes and I are going to go apple-picking and then get his dad to teach us how to make our own applesauce. I'm super excited, I'll let you know how it turns out! ;)

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  2. Umm yea, went apple picking at Carter Mountain in Charlettesville, and it was awesome. With 3 kids, 20 minutes, you too can get 34lbs of apples!! At $1.19 a pound it wasn't that bad, and super fun. There was cider doughnuts, and hayrides! I made my own apple sause, and the kids have raving about it!!

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  3. Cute ideas! Love the apple stamping, I used to go that in my classroom with the kids. So fun!

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