No matter how many times I do it, it's still a pleasant little surprise to cut open an apple and see the star inside.
This year, after we harvested up a big crate of apples, I told my kiddos this sweet little story about how the star got inside of the apple. (This site is full of all kinds of fabulous information for the Waldorf-inspired homeschooler, by the way. Totally recommended).
After we cut the apples open I set up some apple printing. I had the genius idea of using wax paper to put the paint on for printing, so that we would have space to blot on the same surface.
So this happened while I was pouring the paint...
A wax paper party! Another perfect autumn afternoon, right? Everything going according to plan. Um...not so much. (And, that's Chobie's loaded UPS truck in the background in case you were wondering what all of the boxes on the futon were about.)
Anyway, we cleaned up and got to printing.
They turned out pretty good for toddler and kindergartener art.
After we discovered the hidden star inside the apple, I shared the classic story about the little red house with no windows, no doors and a star inside. I love story telling with my kids. It engages the imagination in a deeper, more creative way than picture books do. It opens the way for the kind of visual imagery that we use as adults when we read novels, or think about complicated spacial problems. (I wrote a post about this a while back so you can read more.)
Meanwhile, we chopped up all the apples...well I chopped up the apples while the kids threw them in the pot and started cooking up a giant pot of apple butter on the stove.
Have you been enjoying any apple inspired fun lately? Feel free to leave links to your apple activities or recipes below, I'd love to see them!
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