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9 Apple Activities We Love for All Ages

9 Apple Activities We Love for All Ages Posted on September 7, 2016Leave a comment

After Apple-Picking 
My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.
 apple theme activites

September is a beautiful month to explore the world apples and embrace the signs of fall.  Today we have for you 9 activities with resources you can use to make it easier for you to share the joy of apples!

Typically in our homeschool lessons we like to start the day with a poem or reading.  Usually we read the whole poem or story and then copy one stanza or paragraph.

1.Best Poems about Apples

2.Stories about Apples we love

Notebooking and Worksheets

3.I recommend starting with TwistyNoodle.com for lower level elementary

Why? First because it’s a free resource.  The second reason is they give you the option to customize the words you want to trace and offer 3 font styles for your child to practice with!

 

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Download this TwistyNoodle page as your child’s Notebook or Worksheet.

4.SimpleScienceStrategies.com offers an affordable 20 page downloadable Nature Study on botany of apples.

Apple Nature Study
Download this Nature Study from SimpleScienceStrategies.com

5.FoodMasters.org provides a free curriculum for all levels of education with a focus on the math and science behind food. Chapter 4 deals primarily with fruits but their supplemental math lab is all about apples.

Food Masters Chapter 4
Take a look at the Grade 3-5 FoodMasters Curriculum

Cooking with Apples

  • Learn to make cider
  • Learn to make an apple pie
  • Learn to make applesauce or apple butter
  • Learn how to bake an apple
  • Learn to make dried fruit with apples

6.Alton Brown’s Serious Eats breaks down what makes the perfect pie and throws in a couple of neat alternatives to making a great pie.

7.Vegetarians in Paradise offers an article with recipes and an informative history of the apple in An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away.  If you need more recipes you will be interested in their Vegan for the Holiday’s cookbook.

Vegan for the Holidays book

We think apples inspire fun in a variety of subjects but here are a few of the traditional activities we enjoy doing with the kids;

8.Enjoy the outdoors by visiting an apple orchard

  • Kids love to see where there food comes from!
  • Depending on the age of your kids, picking apples can open up a discussion on how the food makes it to the grocery store or the economic impact of choosing one variety of apple to grow over another.
  • I’m very big on supporting communities and creating new traditions.  When it comes to apples you can find a festival with PickYourOwn.org and become a part of the celebration.

9.Making an Art or Craft project

  • Sketch an apple, apple blossom, or something made with apples
  • Create an apple portrait.  Paint a tree trunk then hot glue red or green buttons for the apples
  • Make an origami apple. Link takes you to YouTube.
  • Make an apple corner bookmark. Link takes you to YouTube.

Pinterest apple activities

P.S. If you use apples in your lessons, we would love for you to tell us how you use them!

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