It is that time of year again! The air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing, it is dark earlier, and the children are back in school. If you are looking for a fun preschool apple unit to keep those younger children busy here is what we are doing this year. The children are loving it and most of the projects use items you will have on hand or are very inexpensive to buy.
- Paper Bag Apples - Have your child color the bottom half of a paper bag, don't forget the sides and inside the creases too! Once it is colored to the child's liking stuff a piece of wrinkled newspaper in the bottom of the bag and twist the top to make a "stem". These cute apples can make great fall centerpieces or even place cards at your fall family gathering.
- Painted Apples - This is the simplest of projects. I just found an apple outline on Google images, printed it out and gave the children some red paint and let them have at it. They loved it and painted several apples each. Easy, cheap, but so much fun! And we talked about the color "red" and practiced naming things that are red and finding red things around the house.
- Finger Print Apple Trees - Again I found an image of a tree online and printed it out. The children first colored it to their liking and then we used their pointer finger dipped in paint to make "apples" on our trees. This is a great time to review that "apple" starts with the letter "a" and the sound that it makes. Find other things that start with the same sound.
- Applesauce - Applesauce is one of the easiest things to involve children in. They can help use an apple slicer, turn the handle on a Pampered Chef Apple Peeler Corer Slicer, or use the hand food mill to "mush" the apples. Just peel, core, cube and cook your apples. I love doing it in the crockpot. Once the apples are soft you can smash them to your liking (chunky or smooth) We use a food mill in our home and the children love to help! Add a little cinnamon and enjoy!
- Johnny Appleseed video - I found THIS fun little video on YouTube along with some others. Makes learning fun and is great to use if momma needs to make a phone call, nurse a baby, or cook dinner.
- Trip to the Orchard - Many orchards offer pick your own times and have lots of fun activities for children in addition to picking the apples. We are headed to the orchard next week with our homeschool group and I can't wait. It is a fun way to finish up our apple unit!
This is a simple list of ideas that are easy to do. Children don't need fancy over the top activities to make memories. Your time is the best gift you can give to your child and during these projects you can talk about apples, phonics, colors and seasons. They will learn a ton and you won't be stressed. Just enjoy!
Written by Happily Domestic contributor- Amanda Sikes