Last year I got this idea from the Mailbox. You take half a cup of applesauce and mix with 1tsp. of lime Jell-O. The kids think its great.
The items needed for each child is a spoon and a cup.
My grandchildren just love it when you make these delicious treats! BUT remember apples are a choking hazard for young children. Core 1 apple. Fill the center with a little butter, brown sugar, raisons and season to taste with cinnamon. Cook for a minute in the microwave, or as I like to call them the “new age ovens”. Allow to cool as hot food is hazardous to older children. This is great snack for those chilly winter nights in Saskatchewan. Yeah!!!
Peel and slice an apple (red works best), sprinkle with strawberry Jell-O or cherry, or try a different kind of Jell-O. Sometimes my children just enjoy dipping the apple slices into the Jell-O.
Mini Apple Pies:
Supplies/Ingredients: 1. Pie crust (Pre-made is easy), 2. Can of Apple Pie filling, 3. Circle biscuit cutter, 4. Spoons, 5. Small bowl of water, 6. Dull knife
Directions: Cut pie crust w/ biscuit cutter. Slice apple pie filling into smaller chunks. Give children 1 circle, instruct to put small spoon full of filling in center of circle. Dab fingers in water around edge of circle. Give 2nd circle and put on top to close the mini pie. Have them walk fingers around the edges to seal the mini pie (can do w/ fork). Bake 350 degrees until golden brown. Serve broken in half w/ a little ice cream. Kids loved it, felt very important, and ran home to tell their Mom’s they could make an apple pie :-)!
Apple Triangle Sandwiches. You will need apples for slicing, soft butter for spreading, bread with the crust off, cinnamon for sprinkling, and a sandwich maker that makes triangle shaped sandwiches. Peel and slice the apples with the children. Give each child two slices of bread and have them spread the soft butter on one side of each piece of bread. Let the children count three or four slices of apple to place on the dry side of the buttered bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover with the remaining slice of bread, butter side up. The teacher places the sandwich into the sandwich maker and cooks until golden brown. When you take the sandwich out the square is cut into two triangles. Be careful, the inside is hot so allow time for cooling! To make it even more simple the butter can be eliminated. Enjoy!
this is the best treat in the fall after a trip to the apple orchard or a walk looking at the leaves falling and all the colors. take one apple per child and core them. fill the hole with peanut butter, raisins, small marshmallows, and chocolate chips. This is a walking apple. it is healthy and can be carried around without making a mess.
Apple Sauce Parfaits
Crushed cinnamon graham crackers
Clear plastic cups and spoons
Put a layer of applesauce in the bottom of the cup, then crackers, continue till the cup is full. Children enjoy crushing the crackers themselves as well as layering the apple sauce and crackers. This is a snack with eye appeal. Variation; fill cups with applesauce and use the crackers that have been separated as dipping sticks to eat with instead of spoons.
Blender Applesauce: 3 tart apples 1/4 cup honey
Peel apples. Cut each apple into 4 pieces. Remove seeds. Put the apples into blender with honey and a small amount of water. Blend until smooth. Eat applesauce immediately.
When my class studies apples I like to make baked apples. They are a great cooking activity and it’s also a wonderful fine motor activity as well. Depending on the number of students you are working with, you need to core one apple for each student using an apple corer. Then let your kiddos fill the inside of the apple with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. A medium apple will usually hold 2 tablespoons full. Then they place a pat of butter on the top of the cinnamon and sugar. Next, you wrap the apple up in pre-made pie crusts which you can buy at the grocery store. Make sure that the apple is covered beginning at the bottom and going up. Let the students do this with your help. Make sure they don’t completely cover the hole where the cinnamon and sugar is, just up to the edge of the core. Finally, bake your apples in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes on a foiled cookie sheet. The kids will love these! Be sure you let them cool before serving.
APPLESAUCE MINI PIZZAS These are really yummy! Kind of an apple Danish taste. Don’t worry about exactness here- anything goes! This would be great for a cooking center activity, with picture cards for the children to look at.
Per child- 1/2 English muffin 1 Tbs. soft cream cheese 1 Tbs. applesauce 1 shake cinnamon a few raisins
Paper plates, plastic knives, toaster or oven.
1. Give each child an English muffin half. 2. Let each child spread muffin with cream cheese. 3. Plop the applesauce on top of the cream cheese, and spread around. 4. Shake on the cinnamon. 5. Sprinkle with raisins. 6. Toast until warm. (Can do a bunch on a cookie sheet in the oven) Cool slightly before serving.
Take a whole apple and core it. Fill the center with red hots and butter. Place in microwave to melt the filling. This idea is best for an older group as it gets pretty hot.
Baby Apple Pies
Materials needed: Pre-mixed pie crusts, biscuit cutter, saucepan rolling pin, muffin tins, shortening, apple pie filling, toaster oven
What to do: Turn the muffin tins upside down. Grease & flour lightly the bottoms of the muffin tin cups. Let the children cut circles using a biscuit cutter to fit over the bottom of the muffin tin cups. Let the children take the pie crust circles and shape them over the bottom of the muffin tin cups. Bake the bby pie crusts following the directions on the pie crust package, but shorten the baking time slightly. Remove the baby pie crusts from the oven, and take them off the bottoms of the tins to cool. Heat the apple pie filling in a saucepan. Fill the baby pie crusts and enjoy!
Blender Applesauce (no cooking needed)
6 large apples 3/4 cup water sugar & cinnamon to taste
Peel, core, and cut apples into chunks. Put water & a few chunks of apples in blender. Blend mixture and add remaining apple pieces. Add sugar & cinnamon to taste. Enjoy!!
This is something I picked up while student teaching; “apple smiles”. Give each child 2 apple wedges. Have them (or you) spread peanut butter on one side of both wedges. Next take mini- marshmallows(approx.4or5)and sandwich them between the 2 wedges, creating an apple smile.
I love apple time. I’m fortunate enough to have several apple trees. I kick off the unit with a trip to the apple orchard. Then I bring in several apples. Using my apple peeler, I peel them, trying to make the skins as long as possible. Using the services of a mother helper, the children take their peel and measure it. We mark the lengths on the marker board for later comparisons. One of the adults dunk the peel in cinnamon sugar. Then they eat it. They love this activity. Then using the cut up apples, we put them in my big electric cook pot with plenty of water, sugar and cinnamon. We go to recess while the apples cook. Then they are put in the fridge to chill for our afternoon snack. Hint: I make a batch of apple sauce at home, to insure there is enough, plus I cut up several apples ahead of time so it doesn’t take so long to cut them for the apple sauce we cook in school. I also give the kids their sauce in paper cups. Much nicer than bowls or plates.
Apple snack: Need apples cut into wedges, and several flavors of Jell-O mix (the kind that has sugar in it). You will not make the Jell-O but use it in it’s powdered form. Children dip an apple wedge into one of the Jell-O powders, covering all sides of the apple. Let the apple sit for several seconds, it turns a bright color. Then eat the apple. It’s a messy activity but great fun. Best Jell-O’s to use; orange, raspberry, lime, blueberry.
Apples is my favorite theme. I have had a lot of success with young two’s. Thy are always interested in the different types of apples. I bring a yellow, a green, and a red apple and we talk about the differences and the similarities. Obviously, they notice the color difference first, but soon they notice the size, the texture, the weight, the taste, etc. Then we talk about how apples are the same, how they grow,… When we are finished observing them, we slice them with my apple slicer/peeler/corer (not necessary…can also use a knife-although they love the slicer) and make Apple Pizzas!
Apple Pizza 20 refrigerator biscuits 1 cup grated cheese 5-6 apples 1 cup brown sugar 4 Tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon tiny pats of margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Flatten the biscuits. Place them on a greased cookie sheet. (I cover it with foil, and write the name of each child with a permanent marker–then they get the one they have handled.) 2. Sprinkle grated cheese on biscuit. 3. Place sliced apples on top of cheese. 4. Mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon together in a zippered bag. Place one tablespoon on each biscuit. 5. Place a tiny margarine pat on top. 6. Bake for 15 minutes. (Watch out..this is high altitude cooking! Yours may cook more quickly!) 7. Enjoy your apple pizza.
I type this recipe on a piece of paper, draw an apple around it, and send it home with the child. Mom and Dad always enjoy it too.
During snack time, have an apple tasting party! Gather many different kinds of apples and try each one. Take a poll of the children to find out which ones they like best. Graph the results.