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October 17th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Everything Apples

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Autumn is the season of apples…macintosh, green, and my favorite golden delicious! There are so many opportunities to use apples for fun, educational and YUMMY activities for you and your kids to do together.

Recipes

Starting with the obvious, there are TONS of delicious recipes that call for apples. You can buy them from the store, but it’s more fun to go apple picking at the u-pick-em orchards! Here are some easy, mouth-watering recipes for your family to enjoy: Homemade Apple Cider, Apple Fritters, Bite-Sized Apple Pie, Baked Apple Chips.

Crafts

There are a ton of apple crafts for all ages. Get everyone in the family involved and make a family handprint apple tree. It promotes great bonding time and you’ll end up with a masterpiece that everyone helped create! This simple paper plate craft is adorable and the kids will enjoy using the real apple seeds. Even adults can enjoy apple crafts with these apple candles that make great rustic decorations for your home.

Learning

Apples can be used to teach kids a variety of things… the alphabet, shapes, patterns, numbers, senses, science, etc. Kids will enjoy some fun songs and finger play that relate to the fruit. They’re also a good tool for learning about the science of plant growth and the process from seed to fruit. The apple matching game can help them learn their upper and lowercase letters. For the little ones, different types of apples can be used to learn colors and patterns.

Reading

There are so many great books about apples you can read to or with your kids. “10 Apples Up On Top” is a classic by Dr. Suess (Theo LeSeig) that teaches numbers and counting. “Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie” by Herman Parish continues the adorable and fun series with her autumn adventures. “Apple Farmer Annie” by Monica Wellington tells the story of a farmer who harvests a variety of apples, sells them, and uses them in a variety of recipes. “Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall shows how apples grow and how they can be made into an apple pie. Many of these books have activities that go along with them.

What’s your favorite apple recipe?

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