Due to some pretty challenging weather this spring there are few places
to pick apples this fall, but you can still enjoy the season. Head on down to
your local branch of the Capital Area District Libraries system where you will find bushels of books on apples as well as other fall favorites like pumpkins, leaves and scarecrows. While you are there, be sure to check out these great titles:
Simple projects or activities that relate to books or ideas you have
been sharing with your child can help reinforce learning as well as provide
some fun, quality time together! If you would like to try a simple apple
activity with your child, check out one of these:
1. Coffee Filter Apples: Yes, that big, red apple is made out of a coffee filter using washable markers, a sprinkling of water and some magazine pictures cut into the shapes of leaves and a stem. Let your child color a coffee filter with washable markers. Any color will do, but popular apple colors of red, green and yellow would work best. When your child is done, place the coffee filter on a piece of newspaper or paper towel and spray lightly with water until the colors start to bleed. While that is drying, look through a magazine searching for leaf and stem colors in pictures – this is a great hunt and find activity and provides opportunity to talk about different colors found in nature and the world around us. When the coffee filter apple is dry, cut to shape (or leave round) and glue on the leaves and stem. The apple looks great hanging in a window!
2. Sand Apple: The small yellow apple in the photo is decorated using colored sand! For this project, cut out an apple shape on white heavy paper (like construction paper, card stock, or a cereal box). Have your child paint the apple with glue and then decorate with appropriate colored items from around your house: colored sand like I used here or, torn magazine paper, beads, tissue paper, shaved crayon, thread, yarn, etc. The sand was a bit messy, but I loved the texture. To spice it up, add a sprinkling of cinnamon to the wet glue for a wonderful smelling apple!