Out of Our Apple Pickin’ Minds

by Stefani on 7-November-2007


So, as I said yesterday, we bought a lot of apples. A LOT, and that begs the question, what on earth are we going to DO with all these apples?

Well first, like any good little homeschoolers, we’re going to read lots of related stories. Here’s a few of our faves:

Ten Apples Up On Top
Apples to Oregon
How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Johnny Appleseed (Love this beautifully illustrated version)

If we get to feeling kinda crafty, there’s the good old apple prints, of course…


… or we could get out our knitting needles and make little jackets for them all. I don’t know why, but they are so darn cute, that I’m thinking, “Why not?”


Click here to get started playing dress up with your poor naked apple.

Or, if we’re feeling REALLY industrious, we could try this


We can just take pictures of our apples. They are very photogenic.

My creation

1. Apple Brooch, 2. red fruit: apple, 3. the neighborhood apple fairy paid us a visit, 4. first local apples, 5. bumper crop, 6. apple, 7. munch, 8. Green apple, 9. Apple in Crates, 10. Apple

Maybe we could write a poem about the experience of picking the apples. (Does picking them off the pile o’ apples at the grocery store count?)

We could offer them in trade, to possessors of magic and acorns.

We can mummify them.

Or carve faces on them and then shrink them.

Apple Heads

1. a shrunken apple head!, 2. Shrunken Head Apple

We can brush up on your apple history. Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of the apple, from 8,000 BC to now, can be found here

There’s also, of course, a million and one ways to eat them. Family Fun has a pretty amazing compilation of apple recipes here

One particularly fine edible use of them can be found here. Just so you know though, if you click that link, you will gain 10 pounds. I’m not kidding.

Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

One more warning: This time, a couple of years ago, we got it in our heads that we were going to try all sorts of apple varieties, and that we would use them in muffins, cakes, sauce, cider, jam… etc. We learned that apples, in large quantities, require you to powder your nose every 5 minutes, of you catch my drift.

This is not a homeschool unit I plan on repeating. It was not pretty. Not at all. So take it easy, will ya?

erin November 8, 2007 at 4:11 am

thanks for the warning!

Sarah Jackson November 8, 2007 at 4:33 am

Oh my! Yay for tons of fun with apples. Wrap this one up quickly, my dear.

Sarah November 8, 2007 at 6:09 am

I used to do the mummified apples with my 7th graders, lots of fun!

randi November 8, 2007 at 6:36 am

My boys want to make apple-head dolls, but I just think they are so ugly! Thanks for all the apple-y links!

Lina November 8, 2007 at 6:50 am

Oh Stefani, can I come to school at your place? Fab links.

emily November 8, 2007 at 7:03 am

took me a minute, but i got it! funny.

Jade November 8, 2007 at 7:31 am

Woman. You amaze me! Serious.

mountain mama November 8, 2007 at 10:43 am

Oh yes, I know exactly about “powdering your nose every 5 minutes”! We went to an apple festival when I was 17, where everything apple was celebrated.. we sampled EVERYTHING from candied apples to apple pies to apple ciders and more! And then we sampled plenty of bathrooms on the trip home the next day. Lesson learned here, too!

Lovely photos and such creativity stemming from a humble apple!

Stephanie November 8, 2007 at 11:39 am

Oh, this post was lots of fun! Love the carved apples. Last year at Halloween, I carved several apples and dried them, and they looked pretty creepy. Then, when the gummy eyeballs turned out so well in a quart jar of milky blue liquid, I decided to do the same with the apple faces. Didn’t think about RE-hydration! DUH! But, they looked even creepier rehydrated. lol

Oh, and my dog loves bits of apple for treats, and we don’t give her much, but we sure have to air out the place if she gets any!

michelle November 8, 2007 at 11:50 am

My brother in law worked at a apple orchard one fall in the cider factory. He had to sample each batch and ended up in the powder room quite a bit and lost a lot of weight that season. Not a bad way to do it. Beats dieting.

Anne November 8, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Now I want to make little shrunken heads, I’m glad you found a link on how to make them.

Visty November 9, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Oh, is THAT where all the toilet paper is going off to?
I love your apple brooch!

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