We made Applesauce in class this week and the children loved it! Parents had brought in apples from a trip to the orchard. We cleaned them and the children helped turn the handle on the peeler/slicer/corer contraption. They loved seeing the spirals of peels coming off of the apples! We placed the cut apples inside a crock pot and gave the kids plastic knives and plates to use to cut and chop up the peels. They loved smelling the apples as they played. The kids also helped measure and pour (and smell) cinnamon and sugar and stir them into the applesauce. We cooked the apples with those ingredients and a little bit of water. After a few hours, we used an immersion blender to make the applesauce smooth. The children loved eating something they had prepared for their snack!
We also read books about apple trees and looked at diagrams of the different parts of the apple. The Butterflies class will be charting their favorite type of apple by color.