Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Apple Day in K!

The past two weeks we focused on apples, apples, and more apples. We looked at the parts of an apple, taste-tested some apples, learned about Johnny Appleseed, sang some fun apple songs, and had an apple day. Here are some pictures from our week(s)! :)

(It was also career day, so that is why you will see these little kinders dressed like absolute professional policemen, firemen, chefs, etc.)
~Apple Tasting:
We were able to taste 7 different kinds of apples. It was so fun to see how some of them enjoyed soft apples and some liked the crunchy, tart apples (my favorites!)

We took a vote and they loved Honeycrisp. We lined them up from greatest to least and it made a 6-5-4-3-2-1-0 pattern. Hello, fabulous teaching point! 

~The Johnny Appleseed Festival is near my hometown, so it's a must-see every year! (The chicken-n-dumplins are to DIE FOR!)

~Apple Day Fun!
We learned all about apples and it was finally time to have a fun celebratory day of a pretty delicious snack: apples. 

We had 5 different rotations: caramel/chocolate apple snack, apple Jenga towers, Johnny Appleseed puppet craft and video, apple print pattern painting, and apple science. We started the morning making our applesauce, so it would have enough time to mix and cook all its delicious goodness. 

My rotation was apple science and I knew my kids would die for apple explosions aka Apple-canoes. I used these ingredients below and it created an awesome reaction. (I added food coloring just for a fun color) I had the kids create a hypothesis for what they thought would happen. I explained what a hypothesis was and told them to draw a picture of their prediction.

I planned another experiment just in case our first one went by really fast. This one was super easy and the kids had to predict whether or not the apple would float or sink. It was amazing to see how many thought it would actually sink! 

Here's a view at some of the stations from other classes!

-Johnny Appleseed Puppets and Story/Video

-Apple Boat Snacks with Caramel and Chocolate


At the end of the day, we were so excited to enjoy our applesauce. They were slightly confused when they saw the chunky applesauce, but hey, it still tasted AH-MAZ-ING!

Do you have a fun apple activity you do with your kids?

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