As we head into fall (officially as of September 22, the Autumn Equinox), here’s a way you can share the fun of the season with kids while also teaching them a bit about life science:
1. Gather a group of your favorite elementary-age kids (or just one kid, for a little one-on-one time).
2. Assemble a collection of different kinds of apples. Cortland, Fuji, and Gala are some common ones. Or you may want to try some regional varieties. Here in Minnesota, I’d suggest Honeycrisp and Zestar, two locally-grown favorites.
3. Assemble a collection of books about apples. Here are some I love from our library at Lerner:
4. Cut the apples into bite-size slices, keeping the different kinds of apples separate from one another. Plate them.
5. Collect the kids, the books, and the plates of apples and head to a cozy corner. Ask the kids to sample an apple slice from each plate.
6. Ask the kids which apples they liked best. Explain that apples come in different kinds, and tell them the names of their favorites.
7. Read the apple books while the kids munch on the remaining apples. Don’t forget to sample some apple slices yourself!