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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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October 8th, 2012 at 7:26 am

Learning Right in Your Backyard

It is amazing all the things that nature can teach a child. The simple things like colors; the green grass, yellow leaves, blue sky, and purple flowers. It teaches patience; once a seed is planted it takes a while to grow. Or even creativity; ever stare up at the clouds and see shapes, or imagine a special place in a forest.

As the seasons change, it amazes me how my children experience such pure joy in nature. This weekend we raked the falling leaves and the boys jumped in piles for hours on end. In the spring, the sprouting of the first flower is always a celebration; just like the first winter snowfall.

Watching them experience nature can bring me pure joy. This weekend, as we cut down the dried flowers in the garden to prepare for winter, we came across a stalk of lilies that had dried. As it shook, it made a sound like a maraca and after we cut it we could shake seeds out. It was so exciting to watch the boys make a discovery like this.

Earlier in the week, we took a walk in a local nature center. Something as simple as an afternoon walk brought so many questions and discoveries. Our favorite part was the four turtles we saw floating on a log sunning themselves. Each one ranged in size, almost like a family of a mom, dad and two kids. Our discovery sent our minds spinning into stories of the turtle family and the adventures they have in the nature center.

Free entertainment is the best, and sometimes the most rewarding.

Do you ever take some time to just enjoy the outdoors?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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