I start looking forward to fall about halfway though the summer. I love going apple picking, drinking cider, baking pies, wearing cozy sweaters and watching football. Today’s book goes along with my love of all things apple and autumn as well!
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The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall is an adorable tale of two little kids who watch their apple tree as it goes through the seasons. They take the reader through all of the changes the apple tree goes through, along with the family of robins who live there. In the end, they pick the apples from their tree and make an apple pie with their parents. This story is a great way to introduce children to the changes of the season, and a great reason to make apple pie!
Apple Handprints – Use your child’s hand and forearm to trace a tree trunk. Cut four of these trunks out of brown paper. Cut 3 green tree shapes out of paper and glue three of the trunks to them. For each of the seasons, have kids use paint to decorate their trees. White fingerprints for snowflakes on the bare trunk, pink fingerprints for spring flowers, green thumbprints for summer apples and red thumbprints for fall apples.
Language – Discuss different apple characteristics. Try different types of apples and compare and contrast them. Are they sweet? Are they soft? What apples do your kids prefer? Have them taste test different types of apples and decide on their favorites.
Practice math skills with help from an apple pie tree!
Apple Math – Have kids count apple seeds! They can group them into groups of 5 or 10 as well. You could also cut apple shapes out of green, red and yellow paper and write numbers on them. Have kids count out the right number of seeds to match the apples.
Go apple picking – Enjoy the best of the fall season with some apple picking! If you have a local orchard, go out and pick a bunch of apples off the trees yourself! Try different varieties and colors.
Apple Sort – Have toddlers sort apples by color. Get a variety of apples in reds, greens and yellow and have kids sort them into their respective groups.
Bake an apple pie! – Use an old family recipe or find a new recipe online. Have kids help you measure and mix ingredients. Cooking together in the kitchen provides a wealth of learning opportunities, as well as a chance to create great memories.
Does your family have any cool traditions with apples or apple pie? Let me know in the comments!