October is a time ripe for apple-based amusements. So why not carve out some core time with your family and enjoy these seasonal picks?
These easy fall crafts are great for families and kids of all ages and help you celebrate fall. To make these easy fall crafts even easier, check out our list of apple-picking sites and other great Maryland fall activities, including pumpkin patches and corn mazes. (Photo courtesy of Cory G. Bonney)
APPLE PRINT TOTE BAG
- Paper plates
- Red and green fabric paint
Plain tote bag, lined with protective newspaper
1. Place red paint on one paper plate and green paint on the other. Set aside.
2. Turn an apple on its side and slice it across the middle to reveal a star shape where the seeds reside. Remove the seeds.
3. Take one end of the apple and dip the flat side in paint.
4. Hold it over your tote bag and press down lightly without shifting the apple stamp. Lift the stamp.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other portion of the apple and a different colored paint until one side of the bag is replete with designs.
6. Let dry then turn the bag over and stamp the other side.
- Apples, 2 with flat bottoms
- Apple corer
- Tapered candles, 2
- Waxed paper
- Lemon juice
1. Use an apple corer to cut vertically halfway through the core of each apple. Carefully remove each core half, leaving the remaining portion of each apple intact.
2.With a pen, draw a design (hearts, stripes, zigzags, etc.) around the skin of the apple.
3. Use a paring knife to carve out the design.
4. With a paintbrush, apply lemon juice to the carved parts of each apple to prevent browning.
5. Place a tapered candle into each partially hollowed-out core. Use a knife to widen the holes or wrap waxed paper around the candles if the holes are too large.
PARED DOWN PUPPETS
- Apple with stem
- Apple corer
- Paring knife
- Lemon juice
1. With the apple turned upside down, remove the bottom half of the core using an apple corer. Leave upper stem intact.
2. Use a paring knife to cut away the skin of the apple in a smooth, circular direction.
3. Cut out facial features, making sure you leave enough room between them because the apple will shrink as it dries.
4. Soak the apple face in lemon juice for 10 minutes to prevent browning.
5. Tie a string around the stem and hang in an undisturbed location where nothing can touch it for three weeks. Let dry.
6. As it begins to dry occasionally redefine the facial features.
7. Once dry, remove the stem.
8. Place a glove in your hand and insert your middle finger into the bottom where the apple core was partially removed. Use your thumb and pinky finger to create arms. Then put on a play.
AUTUMN APPLE CRUMBLE
- Whole wheat flour, 2 cups
- Salt, 1 teaspoon
- Baking soda, 1 teaspoon
- Brown sugar, 1 cup (packed)
- Oatmeal, 1 cup (coarsely ground)
- Margarine, 1 ¼ cups
- Apples, 6 cups
- Lemon juice
- Mixing bowls
- Greased baking pan, 9- x 13-inch
1. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, brown sugar and oatmeal.
2. Cut in 1 cup of margarine until crumbly.
3. Press half of mixture into baking pan.
4. In a separate bowl, slice apples into thin wedges, sprinkle with lemon juice and toss with small amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon.
5. Place apples over mixture in the pan.
6. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the apples and apply small pats of margarine to the top.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
Nearly 200 years ago Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees from Ohio to Indiana because he had a dream that no one would ever go hungry. Originally known as John Chapman, this simple-life pioneer slept outdoors, hiked barefoot and wore sackcloth clothing and a tin pot hat, even in the winter! September 26, 1774 marks Johnny Appleseed’s birthday—the same month apples are harvested. Although there weren’t many apple varieties in his day, thanks to this American legend’s fruitful efforts farmers have been able to develop over 7,500 different kinds for us to enjoy.
APPLE ADVENTURES IN READING
Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson
How Do Apples Grow? By Betsy Maestro
Ten Apples Up On Top! By Theo LeSieg
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
The Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler
The Seasons for Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
By Denise Yearian
Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children.