Apple season is upon us, and one of the most enjoyable family activities to do at this time of the year is to head to the orchard and pick some apples.
The only problem is that once you get home with your giant basket or box or bag of apples, it can be a little difficult to figure out what to do with them. I mean, how many pies can you make, right?
Turns out there's lots to do with apples. Here are five of our favorite ways to get the kids involved in apple season apple activities.
Have the kids choose their favorite apples out of the bushel and let them unleash their culinary creativity by making faces out of them.
Set out Cheerios, Froot Loops, marshmallows, Skittles, M&Ms, Smarties, licorice, gummy worms, sprinkles, or whatever else is hanging around your pantry to use as eyes, ears, mouth and hair for the people.
Some suggestions to use as "glue" to stick the features to the apple -- melted chocolate, frosting, marshmallow fluff.
After your kids are done with their people, make sure to take the requisite photos, and then let the artists eat their creations!
You can't let fall get away from you without making some caramel apples.
But don't just make the standard ones; let your kids customize their caramel apple.
If they're not a fan of caramel, use melted chocolate, or try a candy apple. Even frosting or whipped cream can be fun to cover an apple with. Be creative!
Then, set up a topping bar. Let your kids go to town as they sprinkle their faves on the sticky surface. Try sprinkles, crushed-up pretzels or cookies, M&Ms, the sky's the limit!
Fruit Rollups are a favorite of lots of kids, but you can use those apples to make a more natural version. Try this recipe, and see how the kids enjoy a lunchbox snack they can make themselves!
When you want the flavors of applesauce (not to mention the amazing way the house smells) but you're short on time, try baked apples instead. Just spoon out the core of the apple (leaving the bottom of the apple intact), put a little bit of butter, some brown sugar and cinnamon into the apple, and throw it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. You'll end up with a yummy treat!
Get the kids involved in making your favorites
Whether your favorite apple recipe is apple pie, apple cake or applesauce, have your kids help you make it. In our house, whenever it's time to make applesauce, the kids love to run into the kitchen to throw the freshly chopped apples into the pot. Ever since they were little, we've had a joke where they put some of the apples into the pot and some into their mouths. They think they're being sneaky by secretly getting an extra snack, but the joke's on them because I'm being just as sneaky by getting a really healthy snack into them!