1. Apple Picking
We took Mr. G to a family friend's orchard, but there are plenty open for the public and most have other activities!
|Apples are heavy!|
|Twist and pull to pluck them off the tree!|
2. Pretend Apple Picking
If you don't live near an orchard, never fear. With three pieces of felt (easily found for under $1 at craft stores or Walmart), you can create an pretend apple tree and apples, and pluck them all day long. This is a great activity for early counting skills and colors. Check out Pinterest (or Google) for Apple Tree Patterns, or just free-hand one!
|Easy, affordable activity|
With all the apples we picked (or you could use felt ones), we lined them up and measured our favorite stuffed friends, and ourselves!
|Counting Panda's height in apples.|
4. Make Apple Sauce
I finally let Mr. G use the apple peeler & corer (with LOTS of supervision), but you could also skip this step and just let your toddler drop them in the pot, stir, etc. My little guy is a big fan of helping me cook, so this was a definite hit.
|He's been watching this for a year and I finally let him do it himself!|
5. Sing and Dance
Mr. G LOVES Raffi, especially the Apple and Bananas song. He can sing along with most of the verses, and had lots of fun playing with apples while doing so!
|Clean them up!|