is fast approaching and orchards are displaying the fruits of their labor.
corn mazes, colored leaves, pumpkins and apples are the symbols of the season.
the next several weeks we will explore a variety of seasonal activities
you and your family to enjoy.
farmer’s market or orchard and pick up at least two each, of several different
types of apples. Try to get at least four to six different types of apples i.e.
Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, McIntosh,
-How many colors can you find?
Count your apples as you shop. For additional fun you can even do some math problems
as you go along.
many apples does
each person get to eat, if we divide them equally?
kind, how many
apples will we buy?
for your child. These activities can range from one to one correspondence with counting for
the younger child, up to complex problems for the older child.
or counter. Your contest can be the same day as your shopping trip, or on a
different day, depending on your schedule.
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plate. Cut one of the apples into slices and set it next to a whole apple of
the same variety.
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can have serious and/or fun categories. Here are some ideas to get you started:
variety in colors, shiniest, etc.
out judging contest forms so each judge can write down their own observations
and rating system. Develop prize categories and make ribbons. Let them go with
their imaginations. What else can they come up with?
This is a great activity that is not only fun and nutritious, it also teaches
observation and tasting skills, skills in comparing and contrasting, and
encourages discussion and possibly debate. Your favorite apple may be the Red
Delicious and your child’s may be Gala. Be able to defend your preference using a variety of adjectives.
finish off the leftovers after the judging!
brown when it is exposed to the air.
citrus juice) or a lemon-lime soda;
canning/freezing will help prevent browning.
are a few ideas to do with your leftover apples after the judging contest:
honey, and raisins together.
* for a unique entree, fill
your apple with chicken salad or an avocado salsa.
4). Stuff your hollowed apple with the filling mixture, packing in your mixture tightly to cover all surfaces. Cover your apple with the “lid”.
OR you can just CORE your apple and then
stuff the middle with your mixture.
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taste good in your apple? Experiment to find your favorite.
apple and set it in a baking dish. Bake in a moderate (350 degree Fahrenheit)
oven until the apple flesh is soft and the stuffing has melted. You may want to
baste your apple a few times during the cooking process to allow the juices to
totally sink into your apple. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. What a
delicious treat, and your kitchen will smell good too!
- Home Made Applesauce – quick and easy for one meal’s
apple for each person that will be at the meal. Place prepared apples in a
sauce pan and add enough apple juice to just barely cover the apples.
taste. (Cinnamon ratio should be twice as much as cloves and allspice)
to desired consistency. Serve hot or cold.
apple mixture. Cook red hots until melted, mixing with your apple mixture. This
cinnamon applesauce is a special treat and is a favorite with the kids.
your apple theme with lots of correlation activities. Keep in mind, to maximize your child’s learning, it is always best to start with the REAL thing and then branch out into the abstract.
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