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Apple week is one of my favorite weeks during the school year. For me, it signals that fall is upon us. From the books and crafts to the centers and yummy food…I just love it all. Most everything we do has an apple theme, beginning with our read alouds.
Here’s a picture of some of my favorite read alouds for apple week.
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During our apple week activities, we make homemade applesauce. Most of my kids have never made homemade applesauce before. I have to be honest…this day makes me nervous.
To some teachers it’s not a big deal, just throw the apples in a crock pot and wait. But, that is not my applesauce day. Full disclosure here, I am not a great cook. So anytime I have to cook for people outside of my own family, I get nervous. Especially to have 20+ little people counting on me to make this day a success. I wonder…did I add enough of this? too much of that? will it cook in time?
My secret…I always buy an extra store bought jar…just in case. It makes me feel better knowing I have a back up plan. Thankfully I have never had to use it, but I take comfort in knowing it is there and that I won’t let my little people down.
Here’s another treat we make during apple week activities. Apple pie in a cup. Now this is a recipe I can handle.
This is such an easy recipe and there is no baking required! I use pre-packaged apple chunks but you could use apple pie filing as well. Ahead of time, I drain and put the apples in a large bowl. Then I add a dash of cinnamon sugar and mix it up.I put a few graham crackers in several gallon size Ziploc bags. The kids take turns gently smashing the graham crackers to make the crust (I find it is easiest when they use the palm of their hand). I should mention, before they begin smashing, you’ll probably want to model what “gently” looks like!
Once the pieces are broken up, I use a measuring cup to scoop a little crust in to the bottom of each cup. The first time I made this, I used too much crust and it was a little messy, so you do not need a full scoop! I just find that it’s easier and neater to use a scooper than to use a spoon. Next, we scoop a little apple mixture in to the cup and top with a dab of whipped cream. The kids LOVE this treat! While they eat their snack we read Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie.