Fall is apple picking time and today we are going to learn about apples! Have your apple ready and let's get started!
1. Have a discussion with your child about their apple. What does it feel like? What parts do they see? What kinds of things do we use apples for? What do they already know or think they know about how they grow?
2. Take out your drawing book or a piece of paper and try drawing what your apple looks like. Try to include as much detail as you can and color the apple the same colors that you see.
3. Now take a large bowl and fill it with water. Ask your child do you think the apple with sink or float. Have them make a prediction before placing the apple in the water.
4. Next, cut the apple in half. Take a look at the inside of the apple and create a diagram in your books. Add labels of the different parts (see photo).
5. Watch the video "Blippi Visits an Apple Fruit Factory". Before the video talk about where apples come from and how they could get from an orchard to our homes.
6. What can you use apples for? Brainstorm ways we use apples. If you have more than one apple in your house, let's try making some apple sauce! Follow this recipe and be sure to send us pictures of your child helping cook!
You will need:
- 4 apples, cored, you can keep peels on if you'd like
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
1. Have your child use a plastic knife or a butter knife to slice and cut the apples in to small pieces. The smaller the pieces the faster it will cook! Students love to do this independently and it's great not only for their hand eye coordination but also their fine motor!
2. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon (and lemon if you choose). Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.