Autumn Apple Harvest: Activities and Craft Ideas Autumn Apple Harvest: Activities and Craft Ideas
There are quite a few crafts that can be done with apples including apple prints and apple “people”. You might want to experiment with these crafts before you let your children do them. Some of these activities may take practice or a length of time before they are completed.
If you cut open an apple, you may see a star print. That is typical of an apple. You may want to experiment cutting open apples, however, different ways to see the different shapes you can get. Pour out some paint onto a paper plate and place the apple into the paint. You can use different colors and different cuts for all sorts of apple printing fun. Apple People
These are often called dried apple dolls. They were popular with pioneer children because pioneer children often had to do with whatever they could find around. Apples were abundant and they dried them and used them to make heads for dolls.
Get some apples and put them into some lemon juice that has a little salt in it. This will keep the apples from turning brown. You may however want to keep your apple heads brown. In this case, just omit this step. Next, you need to carve features such as eyes, mouth and a nose. Hang the apples up to dry. This may take a couple of weeks. You can speed up this process by putting them in your oven at its lowest setting for a few hours and then letting them air dry for a few days. It works much better though completely air dried. Once the apples are dried, you can add the body using twigs, dowel rods or any other materials that you can think of. The imagination is your only limit.
Dried Apple Wreaths
You can make wreaths by drying apples and stringing them together. Slice the apples into circles after you have peeled and cored them. Then place them into some lemon juice. This will keep them from browning. Soak them for about ten minutes. Put them on paper towels to absorb some of the excess liquid.
Once they are dry, place them into some spices such as allspice or cinnamon. This will give your wreath a pleasant smell. Once they are dried and spiced up, it’s time to string them on some craft wire to make a wreath. You could also make a wreath circle out of cardboard and glue on the apple pieces for younger kids.
Apple Picking and Counting
Visiting an apple farm and picking your own apples is a blast for kids. Kids will have fun counting and choosing their own apples. You can use it as a learning experience. Be sure to have questions ready to be asked. The people on the farm will enjoy answering all your questions on apples and how to raise your own apple orchard.
Watching the Animals, Bees and Butterflies
If you have your own apple trees, watch the ground as the apples fall. What animals do you see? Deer love to eat the apples. Butterflies, flies and bumblebees will often flit and fly among the rotten apples looking for a sweet snack. If you can’t have the apples, you might as well share the apples with the local wildlife.
It may be hard to get kids to eat nutritious snacks. Apples are great snacks for kids that are nutritious too. Here are some apple snack ideas.
You may dehydrate (or dry) apples much the same as you would with crafts. You can also use a dehydrator or the oven. Set your oven at the lowest temperature (around 150 to 200 degrees is fine) and dehydrate the apples for at least four to five hours. They may need longer than that depending on humidity conditions and your oven settings. Using a dehydrator specifically made to dehydrate such items makes it much easier to dry apples for snacks. If you are in a pinch for time, they sell dehydrated apple chips at most grocery stores.
Roasted (Baked) Apples
Apples can be roasted or baked, too, for a great snack. First Peel and core the apples. Then slice the apples to the desired thickness. Soak the apple slices in lemon juice for a few minutes (to keep them from browning) and place them in a baking dish. You can add spices such as allspice, cinnamon or brown sugar depending on what you like. Roast the apples on about 350 for thirty minutes. Roast the apples until they are very tender.
Apple Spinach and Fennel Salad
Peel, core and slice two or three apples, preferably a tart apple. Add these apple slices to a salad. Cut up some fennel and add it to a salad of baby spinach or other types of lettuces if you wish. Use the bulbing-type fennel for best results. Fennel can usually be found in any grocery store in the herb sections. It looks like celery and smells like licorice and adds a wonderful flavor to any salad or dish. Add some salt, sugar or other spices such as rosemary or basil to the salad. You may want to add in some mandarin oranges, radishes or even some olive oil for a dressing.
Learn About Apples
Learn more about apples. Visit an apple farm and ask questions about how to grow apples and apple tree care. Find a book at your local library on apples. Ask the librarian for some help. You can use the Internet to search using your favorite search engine. There are so many fascinating things to celebrate about apples.