So, for this month’s blogger round-up the theme is “apples”. Time for a family flashback 6 years ago to that time we went crazy about apples. We were in the middle of a very big move and graciously staying at our parents’ house during the transition and house hunting. I was staying home full time with the kids who were 5, 4, and 3. I went ahead and enrolled my oldest in the local kindergarten and used my teacher skills at home with the other two. Our apple obsession started with a trip to “Alldredge” apple orchard in the Kansas City area.
See why we were so inspired? Beautiful! Plus, when your kids are 5, 4, & 3 big, wide open spaces with food and animals are the perfect location.
So, step 1. Find a local apple orchard. As much as we loved Alldredge, writing this post has inspired me to search out a new apple orchard adventure for us this year.
Step 2. You can stop at step 1. Really, it’s ok. There will be ample, appley learning at an orchard. That’s our plan this year! Orchard visit…and eating of course!
Optional steps below.
My family is kind of obsessed with taste tests. I blame the coke vs pepsi challenge in the 80s. So, get your apple tasting on! We were having a slew of family over that day. As part of our potluck, we made up these plates with 6 types of apples. Family sampled, then we collected the data!
Obviously, if Honeycrisp would have been an option the landslide of honeylove would have made a boring graph. To this day (6 years after this taste test), my kids are always reading apple labels to find ones we haven’t tried. Jazz apple, anyone? But, take note…we do not graph it. Only sometimes we spaz out with data. Pace yourself, people.
We made cute folders to be all official with our appley apple addiction. You can imagine the various appley papers inside. We did some journal writing, handwriting, apple counting, etc.
We used the apple tree to have deep conversations about the seasons, like “Mom, how to I get glue out of my eye?”
We made silly apple smile snacks, of course.
And we observed, sorted, measured, and compared apples by different attributes in between bossing each other around.
We used the bruised apples from our observations to do some apple stamping and patterning.
Then used the best apples to make an apple pie as we read “How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World” by Marjorie Priceman and “The Apple Pie Tree” by Zoe Hall.
There are so many great appley books. You can see our “Ten Apples Up On Top” book activity here.
Happy Apple Season!
Don’t miss these fun ideas from the blog-hop!
On the hunt for even more apple themed activities for kids? Check out these fun ideas from some of my favorite kid bloggers.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Apple Counting Activity // The Pleasantest Thing
Felt Apple Pie Making Kit // Still Playing School
Free Apple Playdough Mats // Playdough to Plato
Free Apple Orchard I Spy and Scavenger Hunt // Life Over Cs
Apple Tree Quiet Book // Teach Me Mommy
Apple Number Match Up Activity // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Apple Color Sorting // Modern Preschool
Apple Puzzle Making // Play and Learn Everyday
Apple Collage // Powerful Mothering
Apple Print Animal Art Activity // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Toy Apple Busy Bag // Stay at Home Mama
Farmer Brown Has Five Red Apples Song with Counting Printable // Study at Home Mama
Apple Time Write and Wipe // Fairy Poppins
Apples // Think Magnet
Apples Up on Top Name Activity // Fun-A-Day
Apple Patterns // The Kindergarten Connection