Gala, Pink Lady, Fuji, Golden Delicious and so many more. There are hundreds of varieties of apples and so much to learn from studying them. As we approach fall, apples are a great snack and a great unit theme. This week the Review Crew is writing a variety of posts related to apples. I want to share some fun resources you can use to learn more about apples while also enjoy fun family times.
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While most people think of apples being something to study with preschool or early elementary students, I think there are ideas that can be used with all ages. I will spend more time on apples with my 6 and 2 year-olds, but still include the 12 and 14 year old in field trips and cooking activities.
There are so many books to read about apples. Some are non-fiction and teach about apples. Others are fiction books that feature apples with-in the story. I have included some of our favorites and the recommendations that some of my readers shared.
In addition to reading books about apples, I highly recommend involving all of your senses and cook something with apples. It can be as simple as slicing apples and dipping them in peanut butter, or for the more culinarily advanced homemade caramel sauce, or you can work with your children to bake an apple pie. This is a great chance to work on not culinary skills, but measuring, tasting, nutrition, and more.
If you have the opportunity, a field trip to an apple orchard is lots of fun. We have been to several and enjoy the opportunity to pick our own apples. Many orchards also have various tasty goodies made from apples and some have other entertainment such as hay rides, music, playgrounds, etc. This can be lots of fun for the whole family.
There are also many great art projects, STEM activities, and other fun activities for apples. I have includes a list below with activities for a variety of ages. I know we personally plan to use the apple chalk pastel lesson and the Lego project!
I hope some of these resources are helpful if you choose to study apples as we head into the fall season. I would love to have you share with us some of your favorite apple resources and recipes.
Diary of a Worm Teacher’s Pet (My son picked this one out at the library because it had an apple on the cover.)
Apple Field Trips
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