Fall Apple Activities
Our guest post today’s come from sunny Florida. Despite the warm weather Lindsey manages to bring fall to her kiddo’s with these fun apple activities she’s sharing with us today. I hope you’ve been having a great time following along with out 30 days of fall blog party and will give some of these activities a try.
Here in southern Florida, we do not get to enjoy the traditional fall colors and weather. Our leaves stay green and our days stay warm. We moved here from the Midwest, so it has been a bit of an adjustment. My kids enjoy sweaters, hoodies, and cold mornings. As a family, we have learned to incorporate our love for fall with the sun of Florida.
Unlike other states, we have beautiful weather most of the year. This means activities that most people must enjoy inside; we get to enjoy outdoors. In the past, we have done our fall activities in the rain and cold. Now, we get to enjoy the beautiful outdoor weather.
One of our favorite activities is to explore our local farmers’ markets. We love to buy seasonal pies, breads, jams, and jellies. We enjoy talking to the local vendors and discovering their stories. We peruse the market picking up ingredients to make some of our favorite fall meals. Most of our local farmers’ markets open in October and close in April.
One staple item that we love to buy fresh from our local farmers’ market is apples. We like to make fresh applesauce and apple pie, but there is more that can be done with apples than just cooking them. In this article, I am going to share with you five educational activities that will have your kids “fall in love” with learning.
Apple Stamp Art
- Start by preparing your apple stamps. To get instructions, check out this article here.
- Print out this free apple template here.
- Give each child an apple picture.
- Have them paint the apple picture using their apple stamp.
There are several variations that you can do with this project. You can print out different pictures or have them use the stamps in different paints to design their own pictures. One of my favorites is to have the kids draw their favorite thing about fall on a blank piece of paper. Then use your apple stamps to paint the picture. I love allowing my kids the opportunity to freely craft and design. In our house, we like to do a craft known as tidbits. This is where the kids are required to build something out of scraps and items around the house. Read more about it here.
- Cut the center out of the two apples.
- Put the apples in a dish to catch the mess.
- Have the children give their predictions.
- Add two tablespoons of baking soda into the center of each apple.
- Slowly add water to the first apple.
- Discuss the observation.
- Slowly add vinegar to the next apple.
- Discuss the observations.
This is one of my favorite activities to help my kids understand the scientific process. We discuss terms like variables, theories, hypothesis, observations, and inference. We talk about what reactions we saw and why they happened. To make it more challenging, ask the children to change a variable and make a prediction. There are so many ways to enhance this project for your kids.
Bobbin’ For Apples
- Place 5-6 apples in a bowl of water.
- Grab different size and types of tongs.
- Have the children move the apples from the bowl with the water to a dry bowl with the different tongs.
This activity is great for fine motor skills. For older kids, you can make it more challenging by timing them or blindfolding them. My kids love to make everything a challenge. This creates fun while working on motor skills.
The Apple Racing Gang
- Put a bucket at one end of the yard and one at the other end of the yard for each team.
- Put the same number of apples in one basket for each team.
- Then divide the family into teams.
- Each team must work together to move the apples from one bucket to the other bucket.
- The first team to move all the apples wins.
- The catch is that the apples can only be moved by putting the apple between two people’s backs.
- The teammates must move together to keep the apple between them.
- If the apple falls, the team must go back and start over.
When we moved to Florida, we moved away from all our friends and family. For holidays and seasons, I try to find family activities to make the time memorable for my kids. This activity is fun because all of us can participate, and it’s funny to watch everyone struggle. It’s a great activity to get everyone up, moving, laughing, and having a good time.
Apple Shrunken Heads
- Start by soaking your apples for 1 hour in the following mixture to help preserve them.
- 1/4C lemon juice
- 1/4C salt
- 1 gallon of water
- Peel the apple.
- Carve the face. (Please use your own discretion regarding the safety of your children.)
- Put apples back in the mixture for 1 hour.
- Set the oven to 200 degrees.
- Let apples sit in the oven for 24 hours.
**Remember to turn off the oven when you leave the house or go to sleep**
- Then decorate with googly eyes, yarn, and other items to create your head. I keep a tote full of craft supplies for my kids. Check out what’s in our tote here.
My girls and I love to make these for fall. This activity allows my children to use creativity in their design along with working on fine motor skills. The shrunken apples, also, smell good and can be used to decorate for Halloween. Click here for a yummy recipe on using your shrunken heads to add some flair to your apple cider.
As you can see, we may not get to enjoy the changing leaves and cool weather, but we have found several ways to love fall. Sometimes it is even better in Florida because we can experience all the fall activities in shorts and a t-shirt. No matter where you live, you can “fall in love” with learning when you and your family enjoy these fall activities. If you liked these fall activities, check out my summer activities here.
About The Author
Lindsey Meske is a mother of three. She takes time out of her busy day to host a blog called Caffeinated Parenting, and is the author of Be The Hostess With The Mostess. On her blog, Lindsey shares with her readers crafts, party planning, parenting advice, and more.
Don’t forget to check our Fall Blog Party Page to find more inspiration for bringing nature into your homeschool.