Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

Apple Crafts & Activities for Kids

Fall is apple season!  Trees are blooming with ripe apples, ready for the picking! 

There are a number of fun apple crafts & activities that kids will really enjoy this fall.


 

Apple Books & Activities for Kids

 

Apple Crafts & Activities for Kids

One of the first activities I LOVE to do with our kids is a 5 senses experiment using apples & popular Fall spices!  It's a great science & sensory way to learn.

 

 

Go Apple Picking

Have you ever taken the kids apple picking?  There are orchards across the world that invite you to come and pick-your-own apples. 

Apple picking is easy for kids.  Many times, the apples will grow low on the branches so even young children can pick them.  We started apple-picking when the kids were as young as 3 years old. 

When you find an apple on the tree, all you need to do is hold the apple, twist and pull!  Orchards usually have items that make picking fun - long sticks with cages at that top that help you to reach apples high up in the tree, and fun bags or baskets for carrying your apples.

To find an orchard to visit near you, check out the list of apple picking locations on Pick Your Own.

 

Fun Apple Picture Books

Before you head out to pick apples, check out some of these great books about apple picking!  This post contains affiliate links so that you can further research these books for your child.

 

Apples A to Z by Margaret McNamara is a wonderful new book that tells you everything you want to know about apples one letter at a time.  The page on V is for Varieties will show you just how many types of apples exist.  The books also has some fun apples jokes, trivia and a recipe for making applesauce.

 

Apples, Apples Everywhere!: Learning About Apple Harvests by Robin Koontz takes you on a trip to the apple orchard.  Kids will learn about what happens during apple harvest and the illustrations are very fun and fall-ish!

      

One of our favorite fall books is Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington.  Annie runs an apple orchard and there's quite a bit to do in the fall.  Read along to learn about all the activities, and try a few of the recipes included in the back of the book!

Jacqueline Farmer's Apples is a wonderful resource for kids who love to ask questions.  Great illustrations accompany facts about apples, along with details on the history of apples and how they are used.

 

And kids will love joing the class on a field trip to the orchard in The Apple Orchard Riddle also by Margaret McNamara.  The teacher poses a riddle at the beginning of the story and the class is determined to find the answer.  After you read the book, I guarantee that kids will want to cut an apple in half to see the answer to the riddle too!

 

Online Games

PBS Kids also has a fun apple picking game with Curious George that kids can play online. 

Kai lan also has some apple picking fun in her online game for kids at Nick Jr.

 

Visit A Cider Mill

Another wonderful place to visit in the fall is a local cider mill, especially one that allows you to view the apple pressing process.  Many cider mills are very busy in the fall and will offer tours of the mill during that time.  The tour will show kids how apple cider is made, along with other apple products. 

We have a local cider mill near Kansas City that we enjoy visiting -- Louisburg Cider Mill.  Families can walk through the cider barn and watch the apples as they are washed and pressed.  I also love the signage at our local mill, which tells more about the apple pressing process.

 

Apple Cider Mill

 

How Cider is Made at a Mill

Here's a picture of the apple press - it processes hundreds of apples at once!

If you know of a local brand of cider in your grocery store, find out if they have a local pressing mill that you can visit. 

 

And if you don't have a cider mill close to you, try reading Apple Cider-Making Days, a story about a family who owns an apple orchard and makes cider in their barn.  I love that the book shows kids about apple pressing and also has some fun tidbits about cider!

 

Apple Fun at Home

One of the first things I recommend if you're going to do any baking is an Apple Peeler!  Not only does it make things a whole lot easier, it's also a great 'vintage' kitchen tool to introduce to kids -- makes baking feel so much more like Fall in my opinion ;)

Try one of these kid-friendly recipes:

Visit In the Kitchen with Audrey to learn how to make Baked Apple Puffs.  I love this blog because they provide ways for the kids to help with each recipe!

Homemade Applesauce is always fun to try (and an easy recipe too) and here's a great recipe for applesauce from Messy Kids!

Or, create your own snack with apples - stack apples with peanut butter, make apple-ka-bobs using your favorite foods (like sliced turkey and berries) or try these yummy Cinnamon Apple Chips from Baked by Rachel.

 

Apple Math Ideas

 Apples just seem to lend themselves to math activities, especially fractions.  Use snack-time for learning about fractions by cutting the apple into sections (1/4, 1/8, etc.) and letting kids sort the sections into different groups.  Apples are also great for counting and sorting activities, especially if you have a few different varieties at home.

 

Here are a few math books about apples:

    

Both Ten Apples Up On Top! and Apple Fractions are great books that introduce math concepts using apples. 

 

counting apples with kids

And for a creative way to count your own apples, visit Buggy & Buddy to see how you can make your own felt apple board!

 

MORE FALL FUN ACTIVITIES:

Fun Ways to Explore with Apples

 20 Outdoor Fall Science Activities

 18 Fall Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Happy Apple Season! 

~ Jacquie

 

 

Some of the links included in this post are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of the products, I want to thank you as I will receive a small commission and very much appreciate your patronage.

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Comments

 
Guest - What Do We Do All Day? on Friday, 14 September 2012 09:20

Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf! There's also a great new book "Apple" by Nikki Mcclure.

Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf! There's also a great new book "Apple" by Nikki Mcclure.
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 03:54

Love linking up! And thanks for the recommendation on the new book - I'll go check it out.

Love linking up! And thanks for the recommendation on the new book - I'll go check it out.
Guest - Kendall on Saturday, 15 September 2012 03:49

Thanks for a link to find where to pick your own apples. I didn't know where any were and I really wanted to take my 3.5 year old this fall. I found one not too far away at all!

Thanks for a link to find where to pick your own apples. I didn't know where any were and I really wanted to take my 3.5 year old this fall. I found one not too far away at all!
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 03:55

Hi Kendall - so glad you were able to find a place to go pick apples - have fun!

Hi Kendall - so glad you were able to find a place to go pick apples - have fun!
Guest - The Iowa Farmer's Wife on Saturday, 15 September 2012 19:22

SO many great ideas! Wanted to let you know that i featured this post on the Sunday Showcase today! :)

SO many great ideas! Wanted to let you know that i featured this post on the Sunday Showcase today! :)
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 03:57

Hi Adrienne - thanks so much for featuring the post! Can't wait to visit the Sunday Showcase tomorrow :D

Hi Adrienne - thanks so much for featuring the post! Can't wait to visit the Sunday Showcase tomorrow :D
Guest - Bethany (No Twiddle Twaddle on Saturday, 15 September 2012 23:23

I love all of your apple related ideas and books! We just went apple picking together as a family last weekend. : ) Thank you for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf!

I love all of your apple related ideas and books! We just went apple picking together as a family last weekend. : ) Thank you for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf!
Jacquie Fisher on Sunday, 16 September 2012 03:57

Bethany - glad you got out apple-picking. Any fun plans for those apples? My kids always ask for apple crisp the day we go picking:D

Bethany - glad you got out apple-picking. Any fun plans for those apples? My kids always ask for apple crisp the day we go picking:D
Guest - Adam Sommer on Monday, 17 September 2012 21:38

Love these ideas! We go apple picking every weekend in the fall (Eckerts Farms in Illinois) but really never tied that in with books or a cider mill. We do always bake something apple related at home with the apples we picked....but really need to go out and buy some apple related books.

Love these ideas! We go apple picking every weekend in the fall (Eckerts Farms in Illinois) but really never tied that in with books or a cider mill. We do always bake something apple related at home with the apples we picked....but really need to go out and buy some apple related books.
Guest - Barbara Ann Mojica on Monday, 26 August 2013 22:38

Thanks for sharing. I love the Fall and am fortunate to live in an apple picking state!

Thanks for sharing. I love the Fall and am fortunate to live in an apple picking state!
Guest - Natalie on Friday, 30 August 2013 20:35

Great theme from the last year to carry on this year :) Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

Great theme from the last year to carry on this year :) Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!
Guest - amalia on Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:43

I love it. I will try some ideas with my toldders

I love it. I will try some ideas with my toldders
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