Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Perhaps because my birthday is in October, perhaps because apples and pumpkins are the greatest produce of all. If you’re a fall mama too, pass on the love of the season with this fun “homeschool” activity.
Here’s what you’ll need …
- A variety of apples, I chose Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Red Delicious and Cameo Gold
- Cutting board
- Knife, for adult use
- Camera, if you want to document your experiment
Here’s what you’ll do …
- Gather your children and begin evaluating your diverse apples. Have a conversation about their different colors, sizes, shapes and abnormalities. Toss out some new words of them to add to their vocabulary like “variegated“. Tell your children the names of each apple and explain that these few are just a glimpse of the 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world.
- Cut each apple in half and check that out together too. Can you see seeds? Is the inner flesh different colors? Are any of them sprouting like ours were?
- And now, the taste test! Cut your apples into slices and give each child a slice to try. As I cut, I let my littlest one count how many slices each half yielded.
- As they sample each apple, ask them to choose 2-3 words to describe what they are tasting. Is it tart? Sweet? Firm? Crunchy? Delicious? Once each apple has been tried, have your child place the remaining half in order from their most favorite to their least.
My Washington girl showed our state proud with her first choice being Red Delicious!!!
Once your apple taste testing is all done, have your littles help you make this quick slow cooker breakfast with your apple leftovers!