"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Monday, December 17, 2012

Apple Antics

Before we could play and experiment with apples, we went shopping at the "Apple Store" for a variety of apples- big ones, little ones, red ones, green ones, yellow ones and even some multi-colored ones. We weighed them, bagged them and paid for them. We took turns being the customer and the cashier. We were pretty busy, because after all, it's apple season!

We picked apples from the apple tree.

We had to climb way up high on the ladder.

To the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", we sang as we climbed:
Way up high in the apple tree
Two little apples looked down at me.
I shook that tree just as hard as I could.
Down came the apples and Mmmm, they were good.
I shook that tree just as hard as I could,
Down came the apples and Mmmmm, they were good.

We cut up some apples and made applesauce for lunch! We just left the peel on. We put them in a pot and added water, honey and cinnamon. When they were fork-tender, we ate them. Yum!

To practice for our actual pie-making session, we experimented with cinnamon-scented playdough. Mmmm- it smelled good enough to eat. We rolled it, placed it in little pie tins, added pretend apples, poked it with forks and cut it with knives.
We used some of our apples for printing. We painted apple halves with red, green and yellow paint and printed them on paper.
The process was fun...the products were awesome!
 We read Ten Apples up on Top by Theo. LeSieg
aka Dr. Seuss.
Then just like in the book, we tried balancing apples (we used beanbag apples) on our heads. It made us kind of giggly. We tried balancing them on other body parts- knees, feet, hands and shoulders.
There's no way we could balance ten apples like they do in the book!
All week we sang a song about a worm and some apples,
to the tune of "Three Little Monkeys":

Three little apples hanging in a tree
Teasing Mr. Squirmy Worm,
“You can’t eat me. You can’t eat me.”
Here comes Mr. Squirmy Worm as quiet as can be...
Two little... One little...
No little apples hanging in a tree.
But here comes Mr. Squirmy Worm
As fat as he can be!

In honor of "Mr. Squirmy Worm, we dipped pretend worms in paint and used them to paint on apple shapes.
We read The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
and How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
by Marjorie Priceman.
and then we made our own apple pie.

We made the crust- cutting up the butter into little pieces was our favorite part of this...

we rolled out the dough and put it in the pie pan. 
Peeling the apples using the apple peeler was probably our favorite part.
After they were peeled, we cut the apples into little pieces.
We made a mixture of cinnamon and sugar in which to stir the apples.
The apples were added to the pan and we dotted them with butter.
We added the top crust  and poked it with a fork to allow the steam to release. Then we trimmed around the edges and pressed them with a fork to seal in all the good stuff.
We baked it in the oven and allowed it to cool.
What a masterpiece!
It smelled good but we didn't like the taste. It's a shame because it was a lot of hard work and we're all such good cooks. Oh well- it's the process that counts- right?!?!?!?!? 
Our vote for favorite book of the week is, Ouch! by Ragnhild Scamell and Michael Terry. It’s about a little hedgehog who gets an apple stuck in her spine. Now she doesn’t fit in her new home! What will she do?...

It was a fun week, a productive week-
a delicious week!

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