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July 21, 2010 00:34 by Barbara Shelby

More than 65 Apple Themed Ideas! Games, Art, Crafts, Song, Poems, Diversity and more!

 Updated October 2012... This page has Apple Arts and Crafts...Click here for Apple Games, poems, songs of all types

APPLE CRAFTS...

APPLE SHAKER TAMBOURINE
Materials:
Paper plates or card stock; some things that will make noise inside the apple shape-such as buttons, seeds, rice, dried beans, small pebbles, etc.; ribbon
Have kids paint two pieces of APPLE SHAPED poster board - or paper plates. Glue and staple the two pieces together with the sound-maker in the middle inside of it. Attach the ribbons.

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MAKE AN APPLE CANDLE HOLDER

This table centerpiece is short lived ---but pretty while it lasts.
Materials:
Large Rome Beauty apples (that will stand straight on the table)
Candles
Waxed paper
Potato peeler
Lemon juice
1. Using an apple corer, make a hole about halfway through the middle of an apple. Make the hole as straight as possible and remove the core piece.

2. Insert a candle into the hole. It should fit tightly; if the hole is too large, wrap waxed paper around the candle's end.

3. Older kids can decorate the apples by carefully carving designs in the skins with the tip of a potato peeler (to prevent the designs from turning brown, rub them with lemon juice).

4. Arrange the candleholders in a circle on a plate or cutting board.
Make sure that the apples are stable. Cut the bottom accordingly if not.

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MAKE A DRIED APPLE WREATH…
Version #1
Step One: Making Dried Apples

Ingredients:
Juice of approximately 8-10 lemons
2 teaspoons salt

8 - 10 large firm apples
8 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cloves
8" - 10" sturdy, heavy gauge wire (for a wreath)
Jute (for garland or apple stacker)
1 - 1 1/2 yards of ribbon, fabric scraps, or raffia 

Preparation:
1.
 Dry the apples.
2. Place lemon juice in a large bowl, and stir in salt.
3. Peel, core, and slice apples horizontally into 1/4" thick circles. Soak slices in lemon juice bowl for approximately 6-10 minutes, making sure each side of the slices has a chance to absorb some of the lemon juice.
4. While waiting, mix spices in a bowl and blend well.
5. Remove the slices from the bowl and place them on paper towels. Pat tops of apple slices with paper towels.
6. Dust apples slices with spice mixture. Turn slices over and repeat on opposite side.
7. Place apples slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.
8.  Bake at 150-200 degrees F for 6 hours or until completely dried. Apple slices should be slightly pliable.

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Version #2
DRIED APPLE RECIPE
2 red apples
1 cup lemon juice
1 T salt
Non-stick cooking spray
     • Preheat over to 225 F. Slice apple 1/4" thick.
     • Combine the lemon juice and salt in a bowl and soak the apples for 20-25 minutes. Turn apples once while soaking.
     • Coat a baking sheet with the non-stick cooking spray and place the apple slices on the sheet in a single layer.
     • Bake for 4 to 6 hours until the slice feel leathery--but no brown. 
Turn slices over once during baking.

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TO CREATE AN APPLE WREATH:

1) Fold each apple slice in half, and then into quarters and thread the apple slices onto the wire. Continue to pack on the folded apples until the wire is completely filled.

 2) When the wire is completely covered, use pliers to bend ends into hooks so that they can connect and close. Carefully shape wire into desired shape. Recommendation is  either a circle or heart shape.

3) Using the ribbon or fabric scraps, create a hanger for your wreath.
 
4) Hang on the wall, or package as a gift for someone special.

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MAKE SHRUNKEN APPLE HEADS!

 • Choose the largest, firmest apples you can find. The apples shrink a lot when they dry so you want to be sure that they are big enough to begin with. Firm apples will be easier to carve and will dry out much better.

 • The first step in making your shrunken apple heads is to peel the apples. You can core them if you would like, although it is not necessary. Next, brush a mixture of lemon juice and salt onto the peeled apple. The lemon juice and salt mixture will help  keep the apples from turning brown as they dry.

      • Next, you will want to take a paring knife and carve out the basic features of a face from one side of the apple. Don't go into too much detail since when the apple dries any small details will be lost. Focus on creating large features like the eye sockets, a nose and a mouth.

Example: To make a shrunken apple for a witch's head you would most likely carve a large nose, two deep holes for the eye sockets and a sneering hole for the mouth. Keep the shapes that you carve simple and larger than you think you need them to be since they will shrink as they dry.

  • Place the carved apples somewhere dry and out of the way. Turn them every couple of days -- in about 2 weeks they will have shriveled up into ghoulish little faces. You can speed up the drying time if you would like by setting them on a cookie sheet in the oven on the lowest setting or by using a food dehydrator, although it will still take some time for them to dry and shrivel.

• YOU CAN MAKE A BODY by putting the heads on small bottles (shampoo, dish soap etc.) Make a dress out of a piece of fabric. You can even use a small paper clip to make glasses.

 

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DRIED APPLE AND CINNAMON PASTA HANGING
1
. Slice apples sideways and place the slices in a lemon juice and water mixture for a few minutes.
2. Moisten rigatoni pasta with water and then roll and coat them in cinnamon.
3. Using plastic needles and yarn, alternately string the apples and noodles.
4. Add a country fabric bow (or your choice of bow) to the top and dry near a sunny window.
5. The  wreaths hang straight down... and look and smell great!

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DRIED APPLE PICTURE FRAME

  • Arrange four craft sticks to form a small, rectangular frame the size of a school picture.
  • Using a school picture as a guide, lay one stick across the top and a second across the bottom.
  • Place once craft stick vertically at each of the picture edges to frame the picture.
  • Glue the sticks and a picture in place.
  • Glue two or three dried apple slices to one corner of the frame and a magnet to the back. (Use one of the above recipes
  • Allow the frame to dry.

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APPLE SHAPE PUZZLE
Draw a very large apple
(made from card-stock if possible). Laminate it and cut into pieces to put back together as a puzzle. Save pieces in plastic baggie.

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APPLE TREES
Need:
Small ball of modeling dough or clay
Empty short can such as tuna can
6 to 8 inch twig with branches
Several green tissue paper squares
Craft glue
Several red beads
Piece of construction paper cut to fit around the can
     • Place the dough or clay in the bottom of the can.
     • Stand the twig in the center of the clay.
     • Twist the tissue squares to resemble bow ties.
     • Glue the bow ties to the branches to look like leaves.
     • Glue a few of the read bead "apples" on the branches.
     • Have kids decorate the paper strip; cover the can and glue it in place.
Tip: A couple weeks before this activity, ask parents to bring in tuna fish size cans!

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APPLE WORM PUPPET#1 (Apples and Worms go together!)

  • You will need a 4" x 4" piece of cardboard.
  • Cut the cardboard into a large apple shape.
  • Next, cut out a small finger hole somewhere on the apple.
  • Have child color the apple with a red crayon or marker.
  • Children hold up the apple with one hand while they stick their pointer finger from the opposite hand into the worm hole and wiggle.

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MAKE A WORM PUPPET #2
Materials:
Small cup,
Brown paint or markers
Black marker
Scissors

  • Take the cup and cut out the bottom.
  • Paint or color the cup brown; is the dirt from which your worm peers. 
  • Draw a face on the tip your index finger (Finger the worm.)
  • Stick the worm through the cup and you have a fun worm puppet.

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 APPLE CORE PENCIL HOLDER

  • Leaving the hole open to hold the pencils, put paper Mache around a toilet paper roll.
  • When dry--- paint it to look like an apple core...
  • Insert a brown or black pipe cleaner stem. Use green raffia, construction paper or foam sheet for a leaf.

***MACHE recipes are on this site. Click here...

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TALKING APPLE PUPPET
Materials: Old tennis balls (If no one in your program plays tennis, put them on your wish list! Someone will have some "dead" tennis balls and would be happy to donate them.)
Sharp knife (adults only)
Red paint and a paintbrush (You can skip this part if you're able to find red tennis balls at pet store) 
Brown pipe cleaner
Scrap of green felt
Two large wiggle eyes
Masking tape
Tiny red pom-pom
Black marker
Scissors
White glue or thick blue glue gel
Newspaper to work on
Plastic-foam egg carton (for drying the tennis ball on)

1. Have an adult use a sharp knife to cut a slit across the lower half of the ball for the mouth and to poke a small slit in the top of the ball for the stem. If you have a shop vise, you can use it to hold the ball steady while you make the cuts. The deeper the mouth cut, the easier it will be to squeeze the mouth to open it.
2. Paint the ball red. Let it dry on the plastic-foam egg carton.
3. Stick a piece of masking tape on the back of each wiggle eye to create a better gluing surface. Glue the eyes on the ball above the mouth.
4. Glue on the red pom-pom for the nose.
5. Cut a 2-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner for the stem. Push the end of the stem through the hole in the top of the apple.
6. Cut a leaf shape from the green felt scrap. Cut a tiny slit at the base of the leaf. Slide the leaf down over the stem through the slit so that it sits on the top of the apple.
7. Use the black marker to make a line over the cut mouth to accentuate it. To make the mouth of the apple open and close, squeeze the ball on each side of the mouth.

  • This little apple puppet can pick things up with the mouth and swallow them. You might want to make a game of seeing how many things the puppet can pick up and swallow in a set amount of time. Try picking up peppercorns, small pom-poms, or popcorn kernels.
  • One person said the children were more interested in throwing than picking up… but they did pick up bits of cereal and raisins.
  • The kids especially liked to play the 'apple eats your nose game'. More than one group reported apple puppets nibbling at other kids with much giggling--- a part of the game.
    Source: realfamiliesrealfun.com

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APPLE THEMED BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS

'OUR APPLE ORCHARD'
-Cut an apple for each child to glue a photo of themselves on and put on the bulletin board.


'A BUSHEL OF FUN!'
-Draw a large basket with apples in it, and once again, have each child's name on an apple.
 

'WE ARE A GREAT BUNCH!'
-Apples on a tree with each child's name on an apple.


'WELCOME TO ________!'
May this school year bring
You happiness galore,
And may you enjoy it
Right to the core!
 
Post the above poem and then draw a huge apple core with everyone's names on it!

 
THE NEW CROP IS IN!
Place children's photos or names in apples and hang on tree.

Click here to see two images of 'Apple Themed' Display Boards

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APPLE ART

APPLE COLLAGE
Use a small paper plate and a piece of red paper. Have children tear the paper into small pieces and then glue and cover the plate with the pices. Add a green paper stem and hang up.

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DEMENTIONAL CURLED APPLE TREE
Materials:
Red, green, brown, and blue construction paper,
Glue
Scissors
Pencil

  • Cut out a tree-shape trunk from the brown paper; cut out apples from the red construction paper.
  • Assemble and glue the trunk and apples on a background piece of paper.
  • Cut out many small, thin (about 1/4 inch wide and a few inches long) strips of green paper and some red strips as well.
  • One by one take the strips and wrap them tightly around a pencil and they will curl.
  • Remove the curled paper from the pencil and dip the edges in glue.
  • Add each glue edged 'curl' to your tree.
  • Keep repeating this process until the tree is covered with apples and leaves.

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CRAB APPLE PAINTING
     • Give children construction paper and several colors of thick tempera paint in shallow dishes.
     • Have them put their paper in a shallow box.
     • They dip their apple in the chosen paint color and use a spoon to scoop it out and onto the paper.
     • Now hold the box tilting it back and forth as the crabapple moves across.
     • When there is no more paint, dip the crab apple again ---or put a new apple into a different color.
     • This can also be done using regular larger apples! Nice to hang and display.

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PRINT MAKING USING APPLES

Need:
Apples
Paper Towels
Styrofoam Plate, Meat Tray, or Other Shallow Dish
Construction Paper and Paint
• Cut the apple in half. Experiment with the apples by cutting them different ways. Cut through the top and out the bottom to make a 'traditional' apple print, cut through the middle to make apple 'star' prints. Cut the apple into quarters for a different print also!

• Fold a paper towel into 4ths and lay it on the bottom of the Styrofoam plate, etc. Pour paint into the center of the paper towel to make it into a stamp pad. Using red, green, and yellow paint will represent the different kinds of apples.

• Dip the cut side of the apple into the paint. Dab it around on the paper towel to wipe off excess paint, and then press it onto the paper. To finish off--cut sponges into leaf shapes and have kids repeat the above process to paint leaves. When dry add stems and seeds with sharpies. Sample apple print by a Kindergarten student of art teacher Michal Austin

• Make a whole collection of apple pictures this way! You can also use fabric paint and make an apple print T-shirt, towels, etc!

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WORM ART (Apples and Worms go together!!!)

 • Dip pieces of yarn into paint and drag it across paper to make squiggles, lines, etc.
 • You can also use COOKED NOODLES for worms. Click here for 'Painting with Spaghetti" in the 'Activities with Pasta' Category.

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PAPER MACHÉ APPLES

  • Inflate a balloon.
  • Dip newspaper strips in a mixture of your favorite paper Mache recipe.
  • Completely cover the balloon. Let it dry thoroughly. Paint and decorate the shape to look like an apple!

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Make an APPLE TREE MURAL... as FALL progresses- add pumpkins, scarecrows, etc. to the mural. As Thankgiving arrives add a turkey, cornucopia, pilgrims, indians, etc. 

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Paint a STILL LIFE OF APPLES
Just put together a bowl of apples, or apples on a table. Put out the paints and paper, and see how creative the kids can be!

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APPLE CINNAMON DOUGH #1
Ingredients:
1 cup ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (optional)
Add the cinnamon to the applesauce until you get a clay-like consistency. You may add glue for added thickness. Once the dough is mixed, create shapes with your hands or roll the dough out and use cookie cutters. Let the dough dry. Store unused dough in a bowl with plastic wrap as a cover.
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#2 RECIPE
1 cup ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons white glue
3/4 cup water
Mix until the consistency of cookie dough. (Add more water if needed.) Sprinkle cinnamon on the cutting board and knead the dough. Roll out 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters or Popsicle sticks. Punch hole in the top with a straw or pencil before drying (so you can string ribbon through later for hanging). Bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes or until firm. Let
them cool, and then decorate! These are usually used as ornaments-----but make necklaces from them!
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Applesauce and Cinnamon Clay/Dough #3
1 Cup Applesauce
1 Cup Cinnamon
Instructions:

  • Mix the applesauce and the cinnamon until it gets to a nice clay consistency.
  • If --too sticky, add a bit more cinnamon or even a touch of flour.
  • You can make shapes and designs or use cookie cutters.
  • Put the shapes in a warm, dry spot to dry - this takes a few days!
  • You now have sweet-smelling sculptures to decorate and/or paint.
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APPLE PLAY DOUGH (for young children)
Use red, yellow, and green colored play dough, adding cinnamon spice to it. Lay out apple cookie cutters and tools. Kids may want to make their own version of an apple (or other things) Add a pipe cleaner for a worm!

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Apple Themed Games and Other Ideas

July 16, 2010 00:49 by Barbara Shelby

 Updated October 2012...

PAPER APPLE RELAY

  • Cut a large number of APPLES and write a different instruction on each apple for a relay race… Such as skip, crawl, crab walk, hop, walk backwards, etc. –
  • Duplicate the instruction for the number of Teams you will have playing. (Example: Three teams equal three sets of instructions)
  • Divide the children into groups (if not even, have one child go twice)
  • Put the cut out apple shapes at the end of the room in a pile for each team.

On go, the first player on each team runs up to the pile and takes an apple. The players come back to the group doing what it says on the apple. When the first players get back-- the next players run to the apples--and play continues...

Return the apples to the bottom of the pile until ALL have had a turn.
Tip: Laminate the apples for FUTURE Fall, Harvest or Apple Themed Days.)
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HALF AN APPLE MATCH GAME...
(Use this game to find partners ...or to just have fun!)

  • In advance, cut each APPLE SHAPE into two pieces with BOLD, UNUSUAL LINES- SO EACH ONE IS UNIQUE!
  • Distribute one-half of an apple to each child.
  • At a signal have the children find the other half of their apple.
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GRABBING AN APPLE (Much like Bobbing for Apples---except trying to get the apple while it is hanging from a line!) 

  • Hang a string between trees or use a clothesline.
  • Tie some more string to apple stems ---and hang the apples from the clothesline.
  • Kids then attempt to grab an apple by using their teeth---no hands!
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IDEA: Have a relay race USING APPLES AND BROOMS (Push apples along with a broom)
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MUSICAL APPLE PASS (Pre-K- gr. 3)
Prepare a large APPLE SHAPE from construction paper before the game. Put the children in a circle, and play fun music while they pass around the paper apple. The person holding the apple when the music stops wins a treat. Bring plenty of treats for many plays... (Make sure every child receives a treat)
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SHARE THE APPLE GAME (younger children)

  • Before you play--make half as many 24" APPLES"---as there are children in the group.
  • Tape the apples to the floor in a large circle.
  • Play music and have the children walk around the circle of apples.
  • Stop the music intermittently. When the music stops, have each child stand on an apple with both feet. More than one child can share an apple; children may hang on to one another in order to stay on their apple.
  • Do not eliminate payers-- instead--eliminate apples!
  • Start the music again.
  • While children are walking, remove one apple.
  • Eliminate an apple each round-until it is impossible for children to use any fewer apples.

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APPLE SHAPED TIDILY WINKS

  • Before play---cut a medium to large paper apple. Provide each player with 4 plastic disks (Tidily Winks, poker chips or Bingo markers).
  • Form a circle at a table or on the floor. Place the apple in the center of the circle.
  • When you say "Go" the players "shoot" their disks onto the apple by pressing the edges with another disk.
  • How many can they get to land on the apple? It's harder than you think! -
  •  Let the kids try this as many times as they would like.
  • If you have a large group of children, divide players into smaller groups and make more apple "targets".

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 APPLE-PARING GAME

Cooking something with apples? Kids will like the challenge and the added bonus of their efforts...a yummy apple something! Need:
Potato peelers
Paring knives (for adults)
Apples

 

Using the peeler (kids) or knife (adults only), see who can produce the longest unbroken strip of apple skin. For an added challenge, see who can produce one that is both the narrowest and longest.

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PASS THE APPLE GAME

  • Divide kids into equal teams. Have them sit on the floor-close and in a straight line.
  • Ask kids to put their hands on their shoulders (right hand on right shoulder--left on left shoulder)
  • Place an apple between the elbows of the first player on each team.
  • At a signal, have players pass the apple down the line from person to person.
  • When the apple reaches the end, reverse the direction and have the kids pass the apple back to the starting point

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APPLE RELAY

  • To play, you need one apple for each team.
  • On the word "go," a team member places an apple on the back or hand of the first player.
  • The first player races to the end of the course and back without letting the apple fall off their back or hand. If the apple falls off, that player has to stop where he/she is and put it back on.
  • Once the apple is back in place, they keep going from where it fell off.
  • When the player gets back to their team, they put the apple on the back or hand of the next person in line.
  • The first team to finish wins.

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THE INCH WORM WALK...

  • Stand with feet together, bend, and touch hands to the floor-- just in front of your feet.
  • Walk your hands forward - without moving your feet up - until you can't go any farther.
  • Next walk your feet up to your hands. Continue... 
  •  (If some of the children cannot do this, they could always lie down on the floor and wiggle forward any way they can.) Play some music to go with the movement!!!

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 BALANCE THE APPLE RELAY RACE...

  • To play, you need one apple for each team and something to mark the end of the course.
  • First, place  markers at the end of the course, about 40 feet away from the starting line.
  • Split into even teams.
  • On the word "go," a team member places an apple on their head.
  • The first player races to the end of the course and back without letting the apple fall off their head. If the apple falls off, that player has to stop where they are and put it back on.
  • Once the apple is back in place, they keep going from where it fell off.
  • When the player gets back to their team, they put the apple on the head of the next person in line.
    The first team to finish wins.
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 PLAY WELL KNOWN GAMES WITH AN APPLE TWIST!

• Play "HOT APPLE"...play it like "Hot Potato" using an apple! or...

• Instead of 'Simon Says'...Play Johnny Appleseed Says...

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APPLE IN THE MOUTH RACE...

 Players hold their hands behind their back and grab apples with their mouth and run to the finish line with the apple in their mouth.

  • This can be played with several bowls of apples where everyone races at the same time...Or it can be done one at a time and timed.
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 APPLE TOSS GAME
You will need a bushel basket and five apples (you can substitute red bean bags or small red balls). Use masking tape to tape a line on the floor. Place the basket five to six feet away from the line. Have the child stand behind the line and try to toss the apples into the basket.
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How about having an APPLE RELAY RACE by pushing an apple to the finish line with your nose?

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BOBBING FOR APPLES GAME
Needed:
A bushel of apples
One large wash container filled with clean water
Towels

 

  • Put the apples in the bucket with the water. Do not totally fill container, you want the apples bobbing around.
  • Select the first two or three players and have them put their hands behind their backs.
  • Say, "Go," and have players try to grab an apple with their teeth, all at the same time. The first to bring an apple up wins.
  • Provide towels for all players. Even losers will be wet.
    (A player has to try and get an apple out of the bin by biting into it. He may not bite the stem and he may not use his hands in any way. Also, smaller apples work better for younger children)
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  'WORM' THROUGH THE APPLE...

  •  Have children stand in a straight line with their feet apart.
  • The child at the end is the "worm."
  • They crawl through the "apples" (children's spread feet/legs).
  • When the player reaches the front of the apple line, the next person in line becomes the "worm".
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Idea: Have the children PLACE AN APPLE UNDER THE CHIN and run to the opposite side of the room/play zone and place it in a basket. The first team to fill the basket wins.

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BUZZ BOMB BALLOON GAME

  • Need 1 balloon per player that is not inflated.
  • On red, yellow or apple-green butcher paper, draw a large apple shape (or the apple can be colored in by the group). Put a tape mark in the center of the apple to represent the target!
    Formation: line or circle
  • All players inflate their balloon. Some players may need help.
  • When the leader says "1, 2, 3, GO!" The players release their balloons in the direction of the target. (The large apple)
  • Score 5 points for the closest balloon and 15 points for a direct hit.
  • This game works well with teams - each team gets their own colored balloons; red, blue, green etc.
  • Or, you do not need to keep score at all and just have fun playing the game several times.

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APPLE HIDE-AND-SEEK

1. Have children cover their eyes (no-peeking) while an apple is hid in the room; hide the apple where the children will be able to find it with little difficulty once they start looking.
2. Further instruct the children to find the Apple, but NOT touch it when they see it. As each child discovers the apple-they sit back down in their spot. They stay seated until the last child has 'found' the apple.
3. The first one to sit down gets to hide the Apple for the next game.

APPLE HOT AND COLD GAME (Good if you only have a few kids)
Play the game the same as above; however tell children individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" in relation to the Apple.
 
Allow the children to have a turn in hiding the apple--and if their friends/siblibngs are hot or cold.
Tip:Prior to starting the game--be sure to explain the meaning of 'hot and cold'.

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Large-sized TIC-TAC TOE with APPLES
Take a large piece of poster board and draw the tic-tac-toe lines on it; laminate it if possible. Cut-two different colored apple shapes (such as read and yellow); then simply play tic-tac-toe.

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MISCELLANEOUS IDEAS...

 

 

FEED THE BIRDS!
1. Take an apple and cut it in half.
2. Put peanut butter and bird seed on it.
3. Place or hang it from trees and watch the birds. (As this photo illustrates, you can also find a safe area and slice an apple and place it in a dish with peanutbutter!

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 GUESS THE NUMBER OF SEEDS IN AN APPLE!

  • Discuss the growth of an apple tree from seed to tree--- to apple and back.
  • Show the apple and have the kids guess the number of seeds in it.
  • Cut open the apple and find out how many there really are.
  • You can have apple slices for snack! (Try them spread with peanutbutter or sprinkled with cinamon and sugar) 

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GUESSING CONTEST!
You can also turn the above into a contest, by LEAVING THE APPLE OUT...HAVE THE CHILDREN GUESS THE NUMBER OF SEEDS in the apple---- and then put their guesses in a container. After all have guessed—proceed as above.

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TWO DIVERSITY LESSONS USING APPLES!

#1 APPLES: DIFFERENT COLORS & ALL THE SAME INSIDE! This is a great diversity lesson for YOUNG CHILDREN!

 

  • Set a red, a yellow, and a green apple on the table. Ask children to name the colors.
  • Cut the apples open and talk about how they have different colors on the outside... but are the same on the inside, just like people. Enjoy the snack!
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#2 GOOD APPLES: GRADES 3-8
Good for a "Special Activity" in smaller groups...

  • Tell youth you will be spending some time finding out about how people are the same and how they are different.
  • Put the apples on a table in front of the group.
  • Have each student choose an apple.
  • Tell kids to get to know their apple real well. Suggest they notice their apple's special characteristics.
  • Have them make up a story about their apple and tell it to a friend (modeling this step is helpful with younger students). Allow the students to share their stories with the rest of the group.
  • Direct the students to return their apples to the table in front of the class.
  • Mix the apples up and ask the students to come back and find their apple.
    • Ask how they knew which apple was theirs (they will indicate things like color, size, shape, special features).
    • Ask what this has to do with people.
    • Make a list of how people are different. Discuss why this is important.
    • Make a list of how people are the same. Discuss why this is important.
    • The lists may be done in cooperative groups and then shared with the large group.

Suggest that one way in which all people are similar is that they all have a star inside them (something special that makes them shine, that they especially like about themselves), just like each apple has a star inside it.

 Cut each apple in half (don't cut the usual way, but through the center the other way).

  • Let each child see the star inside their apple.
  • While the students eat the apple, allow them to share something about their star, their strengths, their individuality. Source: Robbie Fearon, Burlington Elementary School, Burlington

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APPLE TASTING AND CHARTING!

 Bring in LARGE VARIETY of apples. (During peek season there are many-many!) Have children taste them and see which one they like the best. With older kids you can chart and tally the results. You can also do this with applesauce (flavored vs. unflavored and also taste test cider vs. apple juice.
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APPLE GRAPH - Math for the young

  • Make a chart by putting a picture of three different colored apples at the top.
  • Have each child's name written down the left hand margin.
  • Pass out a slice of each type of apple and then have each child tell you which was his favorite apple. (red, yellow or green)

Tally up the results and make a total at the bottom of each column. You can get the colored sticker labels from the stationery store for the children to use to put on the chart. If they like a red apple, they place their red circle sticker under the red, yellow circle sticker under the yellow apple, etc. They enjoy doing this because they get to use stickers---but they also get to taste a variety of apples!

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LITERACY...

  • Compile an APPLE COOKBOOK!
    Some of it can be computer written and some hand written- with lots of child comments and art work. Ask Teachers and Parents to share their favorite 'Apple goodies'! Looking for your own apple recipes? Click here for ours!
  • Read or tell the story of Johnny Apple Seed.
  • Have the children write a book on apples; shape the books like apples.

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APPLE RIDDLES, POEMS, SONGS for younger children

1. You can see me in the spring.
Then, I turn white.
Later, I fall to the ground
What am I?

2. I am an insect.
I take nectar from a blossom.
I take pollen from one blossom to another.
I am yellow and black.
What am I?

3. I taste good.
I have a top and a bottom
I have apples, cinnamon and nutmeg inside.
I like ice cream on top of me.
What am I?

4. I am yellow.
I stick to a honeybee's legs.
The honeybee takes me from one flower to another.
What am I?

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A LITTLE APPLE SEED
Sung to 'Eensy, Weensy, Spider'

Once a little apple seed
Was planted in the ground.
Down came the raindrops,
Falling all around.

Out came the big sun,
Bright as bright could be.
And that little apple seed grew up
To be an apple tree.

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HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN APPLE Sung to 'Have You Ever Seen A Lassie?'

Have you ever had an apple, an apple, an apple?
Have you ever had an apple and heard it go 'crunch'? 
Have you ever had an orange, an orange, an orange? Have you ever had an orange and heard it go 'slurp'? Have you ever had a banana, a banana, a banana? Have you ever had a banana and heard it go 'mush'?

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FOUR RED APPLES
Sung to tune of 'This Old Man'

Four red apples on the tree,
Two for you and two for me.
So-o shake that tree and watch them fall.
One, two, three, four and that is all.

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APPLE SONG
Sung to 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'

Once a little apple seed was planted in the ground.
Down came the soft rain, falling all around.
Out came the big sun as bright as bright could be
And that little apple seed grew up to be an apple tree!!

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DO YOU KNOW THE APPLE MAN?
Sing to tune 'The Muffin Man'

Oh, do you know the Apple Man,
The Apple Man,
The Apple Man?
Oh, do you know the Apple Man
Who likes to play with me?

Oh, he has a great big smile,
A great big smile,
A great big smile.
Oh, he has a great big smile
And likes to play with me.

Oh, he has a bright red face,
A bright red face,
A bright red face.
Oh, he has a bright red face
And likes to play with me.

Oh, he has a star inside,
A star inside,
A star inside.
Oh, he has a star inside
And he likes to play with me.

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APPLES, APPLES
to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Apples juicy, apples round;
On the tree or on the ground.
Apples yellow, apples red,
Apple pie and juice and bread!
Apples crunchy, apples sweet;
Apples are so good to eat!

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A LITTLE RED APPLE

A little red apple,
up high in a tree.
I looked up at it,
and it looked down at me.

Come down please red apple I called,
And what do you suppose?
That little red apple
Fell down right on my nose

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WHO TOOK THE APPLE FROM THE APPLE TREE?"  (A version of "Who stole the cookie...") For Pre-k to Grade 1 children...
The children chant and clap as an apple starts with one child and then proceeds around the circle with each new chant...

  • Whole group chant:
    Who took the apple from the apple tree? "Johnny" took the apple from the apple tree!
  • (Child) Who Me?
  • (Group) Yes you!
  • (Child) Couldn't be...
  • (Group) Then who took the apple from the apple tree?
  • Child then passes the apple to the next child and play continues until all have had a turn!
  • After everyone has had a turn, have an apple snack and read a favorite apple story!

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POEM TO GO WITH MAKING APPLE BUTTER...(See recipe in Apple Snacks)

We peeled the apples
and sliced them small,
cooked them in water
then mashed them all.

We added some sugar
and cinnamon to taste,
back in the cook pot
till thick like paste.

We'll spread it on bread
you and I will share,
the apple butter we made
with love and great care.

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT APPLES...

  • Apples come in all shades of reds, greens, yellows.
  • 2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States and 7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world.
  • The pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • The most nutritious part of the apple is the skin.

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 70+ Snack & Cooking Apple Ideas ... 

*KIdActivities has more than 55 Apple Snack and Cooking recipes for kids!-Consider trying one each week! 

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Apple Snacks and Cooking!

December 22, 2009 17:58 by Barbara Shelby

More than 70 APPLE SNACKS AND COOKING IDEAS!
Cooking with kids is one of the greatest thing you can do with them! Cooking is Science, Literacy, Math and Fun all rolled into one!
Do it often...On this page you can choose from Apple recipes of Dips, Spreads, Snacks, Crock-Pot, Novelty, Microwave, On a Stick, and more! 

 In a quandry about what apples are good for what?  Check out this...nice apple variety tip page

Updated October, 2012 


CROCK POT APPLE RECIPES

 

BAKED APPLES IN A CROCK POT!

5 to 6 med. apples, cored & peeled about 1 inch down
1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. raisins (more if desired) 
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. water
Mix sugar, raisins and cinnamon. Stuff apples with sugar mixture and dot them with butter. Pour water into cooker. Add apples. Cook on low 7 to 8 hours.

Yummy with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream put on top! (If cinnamon ice cream is available that would also be good. Yields 5 to 6 servings. (Image by KidActivities.net

NOTE: KidActivities added another 1/2 cup of water when testing the recipe. It may not have been needed but the result was a nice quantity of syrup to serve over the apples.  Left-over apples were also enjoyed the next morning. About 30 seconds in the microwave and apples were as tasty as the previous day...

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 CROCK POT APPLESAUCE

10 large cooking apples, peeled, cored & sliced or cut in chunks
1/2 c. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 to 1 c. sugar

Put all ingredients into crockpot. Should be about 3/4 full. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours (High 3 to 4 hours).

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MICRO WAVE APPLE RECIPES

TEN MINUTE APPLESAUCE
3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
3 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
1 cup unfiltered apple juice
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • In a sealable microwave-safe container, combine apples with all other ingredients.
  • Close lid, leaving one corner of lid open to allow steam to escape.
  • Microwave on high for 10 minutes.
  • Using a hand blender or potato masher, blend to desired consistency.
  • Serve hot immediately or chill for later use.
    Recipe courtesy Alton Brown-Food Network

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BAKED APPLES IN MICROWAVE

Ingredients: 2 Granny smith apples, 2 Tablespoons butter, Cinnamon,  2 Tablespoons brown sugar

  • Have adult core apples or show child how to core apples with an apple corer. Child can place apples in microwave safe dish.
  • In each apple add 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Add a little water to the bottom of the dish.
  • Microwave 4-5 minutes.
  • Don’t forget to use pot holders to remove dish from microwave. Let apples sit for a few minutes before eating.

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SUPER QUICK APPLE PIE
Ingredients:
18 Oatmeal cookies
1 can Apple pie filling
Large square or rectangular microwave container...

  • Have children crumble 9 cookies in the bottom of dish.
  • Open and pour the can of pie filling; spread evenly.
  • Crumble the other 9 cookies on top.
  • Cover the top lightly with Saran wrap type product and put it in microwave for 5 minutes on high. Allow to cool before serving.

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 APPLE AND CHEESE TORTILLA

Ingredients
1 flour tortilla (6 inch diameter)
4 tbsp medium cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 cup thinly sliced or cut up apples

 

Place the tortilla on a plate and sprinkle 2 tbsp cheddar cheese on 1 half of the tortilla. Place the apple pieces over the cheese. Then sprinkle 2 tbsp cheese over the apple pieces. Fold the tortilla over the filling. Microwave on high, for about 1 minute. Cut the tortilla in half or thirds and serve.

NOTE: Be sure to let these cool awhile. The cheese in the tortillas stays HOT for a few minutes!

TIP: Having just made these --the directions above are fine using a 'sweet' apple. I think they'd also be nice with a little brown sugar and cinnamon mixture (or sugar/cinnamon) sprinkled on the top--especially if using apples that are not sweet. "R" really liked these and we'll be making them again! Surprisingly, they are very filling.  (Image by KidActivities.net)
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NOVELTY APPLE RECIPES

APPLE OR PEAR MOUTH

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
1 medium apple or pear
1 Tbsp peanut butter (or low fat cream cheese or cottage cheese) Cutting board
20 raisins
1. Cut apple into 8 slices. Spread 4 of the slices with a small amount of peanut butter.
2. Insert raisins between the apple slices for “teeth”.
3. Top the apple slices with another apple slice.
4. Serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

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WORMY APPLE...
Help kids slice apples into thirds and remove seeds from the center. They reassemble the apple with peanut butter (or cream cheese) and gummy worms between each layer. Worms should be hanging out from apple. (Image by KidActivities.net)

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AIR-DRIED APPLE RINGS
Peel, core, and cut apples into rings. Dip into salted water for 15 minutes. Dry for two weeks. Enjoy! You can make raisins from grapes the same way.

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 APPLE SMILES

This is an apple recipe your kids are sure to love. Cut a red apple into slices. (These are the lips) Have child spread peanut butter or cream cheese on apple slice. Place mini marshmallows (these are the teeth) on top of peanut butter and top with other apple slice. (Image by KidActivities.net)

 

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APPLE PIGS
Ingredients:
Red Delicious apple
5 red gumdrops
Toothpicks
4 whole cloves
Fruit leather
Red shoestring licorice

  • Turn the apple on its side.
  • Insert one end of a toothpick into a gumdrop and stick the other end into the bottom of the apple core to form a snout.
  • Break toothpicks in half and affix four gumdrops as feet.
  • Set clove nostrils in the nose and clove eyes above the snout.
  • Twist off the stem, poke a hole with a toothpick, and insert an inch-long piece of shoestring licorice into the hole to make a tail.
  • Last, cut a piece of fruit leather into a rectangle measuring 1 by 1/2 inch, then cut again on the diagonal to form two equal-size triangles.
  • Affix upright triangles with small pieces of toothpick to create ears, and then bend over the upper portion of each triangle to cover the spot where the toothpick shows.

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WORMY BAKED 'APPLE TONGUES' AND 'RAISIN BUGS'

6 red baking apples, cored and sliced (KA left the skins on--peel if desired)
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tbsp soft margarine
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1 Tbsp brown sugar
6 candy gummy worms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine apples, raisins, lemon juice, spices and sugar in a large baking dish.
Cover and bake until apples are tender, about 30-45 minutes.
Place in bowls and serve warm or chilled. Garnish each one with a gummy worm.
Serves 6. (Image by KidActivities.net)

TIP: If you wish to serve from baking dish--scatter gummy worms in/out/and under the apples. This recipe is delicious as a dessert without making it a 'gross type' dish. Just omit the gummy worms and serve with ice-cream or whipped topping!

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 APPLE FACES

Slice round pieces of apples. Cover top with peanut butter. Make facial features as desired using a variety of raisins, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and M & M's.

(Image by KidActivities.net)

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APPLE SNACKS & SANDWICHES

APPLE BARK
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2½ tablespoons golden or black raisins
1½ tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
Cut apple into four quarters, starting at the stem. Remove the core by cutting away to leave a flat surface on the apple quarter. Be careful not to cut too much of the edible portion of the apple away. Drop and slightly spread the peanut butter on apple quarters. Mix together the raisins and dried cranberries then sprinkle on peanut butter.

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 BAGEL - APPLE - CHEESE SNACK 
1 bagel, sliced in half
1 apple,
2 slices of cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp. of cinnamon
1/8 tsp. of sugar

Slice the apple into round apple slices about 1/4 inch thick. Carefully cut out small round circle in middle to remove seeds. Put a cheese slice on top of each bagel half, then put an apple slice on top of that. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on top of each. Put them on a cookie sheet and into the oven for 5 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Watch them very closely to make sure they don't burn. They are done when the cheese starts to melt. (Image by KidActivities.net)

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 APPLE SNACKS

 Ingredients: Apples, Peanut butter, Corn Flakes or Frosted Flakes

Slice unpared apple in thin wedges. Spread with peanut butter and dip into corn flakes. Good and nutritious too! (Next time I make these I'll sprinkle lightly with cinnamon-sugar mixture and/or use frosted flakes ceral instead of regular corn flakes. (Image by KidActivities.net)

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ANTS ON BOATS!

Apples
Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese
Raisins
Cut the apples into wedges or rings and spread thinly with peanut butter or cream cheese. Sprinkle a few raisins over, and enjoy.

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HEALTHY APPLE TUNA SANDWICH
Ingredients
1 can (6 1/2 ounce) tuna in water, drained
1 small apple, halved (remove seeds) and chopped (1 cup)
1/4 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon honey
6 slices whole wheat bread
3 iceberg lettuce leaves

1. Combine tuna, apple, yogurt, mustard, and honey.
2. Spread 1/2 cup mixture on 3 bread slices.
3. Top each with lettuce leaf and remaining bread.
4. Place on cutting board.
5. Cut sandwiches in half.

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PEANUT BUTTER AND APPLE SANDWICH
(Depending on apple and bread size-one apple may make 3 sandwiches)
Ingredients: Apple, Peanut Butter,  Sliced Bread

Core and slice an apple into thin slices.
Spread peanut butter over one slice of bread--making sure bread slice is covered to the edges. Place apple slices over the peanut butter in a single layer.
Top with another slice of bread and cut in half.

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APPLE CRISPIES
Traditional rice crispy bars with a twist (Not using apples--but apple ring cereal!)
15 oz box apple ring cereal
16 oz bag large marshmallows
3 tbsp butter or margarine
non-stick cooking spray

  • Over medium-high heat, melt butter in a non-stick saucepan. Add entire bag of marshmallows to the pot. Stir constantly until all of the marshmallows have melted. Remove from heat.
  • Pour entire box of cereal into a large non-stick pot or bowl. Pour marshmallow mixture over the cereal. Stir to completely cover all of the cereal. 

For Round Apple Crispies: Lightly spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray. Shape cereal mixture into balls. Store in an air tight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow to harden slightly.

For Thick Apple Crispy Bars: Press cereal mixture in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow bars to harden slightly before cutting.
Tip: To ensure easy cutting, spray your knife with non-stick cooking spray. This will prevent the knife from sticking to the marshmallow
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READY MADE APPLE SNACKS TO PURCHASE... 

  • Apple tasting with several apple varieties
  • Apple Pie
  • Caramel apples
  • Apple Chips
  • Apple Fritters
  • Apple Juice or Cider
  • Apple Strudel
  • Apple sauce
  • Fruit Ripples or Rolls
  • Apple Jacks Cereal

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 'APPLES ON A STICK' IDEAS

MAKING GOURMET APPLES WITH A GROUP... (Adapted from Mrs. Z. Rochester, Mi.)

 

Apples MUST be dry and room temp.
Put caramels in a crock pot (You can also microwave the caramel dip sold in stores)
Place Popsicle sticks in stems of large apples.

 

  • Adult- When caramel is melted, put the apple on a stick in crock pot; make sure it’s totally covered.
  • Let it drip; place on wax paper on a paper plate.
  • Next have semi-sweet choc melted and put in baggie; snip off the corner of baggie and drizzle over caramel. You can also do white chocolate...
  • Decorate  with choice of colored sprinkles, nuts, m&m's, seasonal edible decorations, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Reese pieces etc.
    Mrs. Z gives children the choice of two decorations. (At home she does more)
  • Lift off the paper plate and place on a doily.
    These are great gifts too!

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CARAMEL APPLE PIE ON A STICK (A version of gourmet apples!)
(14-ounce) package unwrapped caramels,
3 apples,  3 cinnamon sticks (to use for apple sticks) or Popsicle sticks,
30 vanilla wafer cookies, 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Heat a small saucepan over high heat. Add 3 tablespoons water and the Caramels.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Stir the caramels frequently until they are completely melted.
    Be careful not to burn the caramel.
  • While the caramels are melting, pull the stems out of the apples and cut a thin slice from the bottoms so they have a flat surface to stand on.
  • Insert a cinnamon stick into the top of each apple.
  • Put the vanilla wafers into a plastic bag and coarsely crush them. 
  • Add the crumbs into a bowl and mix in the cinnamon.
  • Dip each apple into the melted caramel, making sure to get it completely coated.
  • Put the coated apples onto a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
  • Refrigerate the caramel apples for 1 to 2 minutes to harden up the caramel. Roll them in the cinnamon-crumb mixture and enjoy!
    Source: food network-Ham on the street show

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STUFFED APPLES ON A STICK
Peel (optional) and core an apple. Mix peanut butter with one of the following: Raisins, wheat germ or granola. Stuff this mixture into the hole of the cored apple. Slice in half to serve...or stick the apple half on a Popsicle stick. It’s both novel and neat way to eat

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PEANUT BUTTER APPLES ON A STICK
12 apples (plus 12 Popsicle sticks)
Peanut butter
Raisins
Dried cranberries
Shredded coconut
Rinse apples, pat dry, and remove apple stems and insert a Popsicle stick into stem of each apple. Cover apples by spreading peanut butter. Roll in raisins, dried cranberries, and shredded coconut

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APPLE KABOBS

1 large red apple cut into 8 wedges
6 marshmallows
Small jar creamy peanut butter (if no allergies)
A large banana

  •  To make a kabob, carefully push a skewer through the ingredients, starting with a piece of apple, then a marshmallow, then banana, then another marshmallow.
  • Spread a little peanut butter on top of the marshmallow. Now, skewer a piece of banana and another marshmallow (with more peanut butter) and finish with a piece of apple. *(For allergies use cream cheese or leave plain)
  • Repeat with a second skewer. Makes 2 kabobs.
    Tip: Dip apple slices in lemon juice or orange juice so they won't brown...

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ROLLLED CRISPY APPLES (on tooth picks)
1. Cut apples into bite-size pieces.
2. Stick apple pieces with toothpicks.
3. Dip them in honey and crispy rice cereal.

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CARAMEL APPLES WITH BUTTERFINGERS
Tart apples, washed, dried and stems removed
1 package (14 ounces) caramels
2 tablespoons water
2 (2.1 ounces each) Nestle Butterfinger Candy Bars, chopped

  • Line tray or baking sheet with wax paper. Insert 1 wooden craft stick into stem end of each apple.
  • MICROWAVE caramels and water in large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 2 minutes; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  • DIP each apple in melted caramel; scrape excess caramel from bottoms.
  • Quickly roll bottom half of apples in chopped Butterfinger, then place on prepared tray.
  • Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until set.
  • Store apples in refrigerator in airtight container. Apples are best if they are served the same day as they are prepared.
  • NOTE: If caramel becomes firm, return to microwave oven for 20 to 30 seconds or until dipping consistency. Two (1.5 ounces each) Nestle Cruch Candy Bars may be used in place of Nestle Butterfinger Candy Bars.

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER APPLES ON A STICK

10 to 12 wooden popsicle sticks
10 to 12 medium apples, stems removed
1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes or chopped REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips(optional)
 
Directions:
1. Insert wooden stick into each washed and dried apple. Cover tray with wax paper.

2. Stir together peanut butter chips and oil in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1-1/2 minutes or until chips are softened. Stir until melted. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred.

3. Stir together powdered sugar and cocoa; gradually add to melted chip mixture, stirring until smooth. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until very warm.

4. Dip apples in mixture; twirl to remove excess coating. (If coating becomes too thick, return to microwave for a few seconds or add additional oil 1 teaspoon at a time.) Roll lower half of coated apple in coconut or chopped chips, if desired. Allow to cool on prepared tray. Refrigerate, if desired. 10 to 12 apples.

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MINI BUTTERSCOTCH OR PEANUT BUTTER CHIP APPLES ON A STICK

Ingredents:
4 inch lollipop/sucker sticks
Melon baller
Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about 8 mini apples)
Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional)
Small paper candy cups

Cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier). With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry.

Melt the chips according to the package directions. Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, or coconut, if desired. Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.

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TIPS FOR MAKING DIPPED APPLES AND APPLES ON A STICK

1. Be sure your apples are washed and VERY dry before dipping.

2. Choose smaller apples to make caramel go further.

3. Use cold apples for dipping to keep the caramel from sliding off.

4. Are these a gift? If in doubt, decorate your apples. If they're coated in nuts, chocolate, etc., they won't stick together and can be packaged individually.

5. If using store-bought apples, the wax applied to them may keep the caramel from sticking. Scrub apples clean with baking soda, or dip briefly in boiling water to remove the wax.

6. When decorating with larger items, don't make them too big, as big items tend to be too heavy for the caramel to hold them.

7. Spray  wax paper before putting the apples on them. When the caramel dries it will stick to whatever it is touching. And a slightly wet apple is easier to slide off of then a dry piece of wax paper or cupcake liner!!!

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HOW ABOUT ADDING ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING TO CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE DIPPED APPLES...

• Sprinkles (any kind)
Chocolate or White Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter or Butterscotch Chips
Mini Chips
Chopped Peanuts, Walnuts, or Pecans
Whole (or half) Walnuts and Pecans
Cookie Crumbs (Oreo, graham cracker, etc.)
Pretzel Pieces
Pieces of Cereal (Individual Cheerios, Apple Jacks, etc.)
Granola
Melted Chocolate or White Chocolate (dipped or drizzled)
Melted Butterscotch or Peanut Butter Chips (drizzled or dipped)
Crushed Candy Bars (Kit Kats, Reese's Cups, Butterfingers, etc.)
M&M's and Mini M&M's
Reese's Pieces
Candy Corns (use the red ones for fangs!)
Mini Marshmallows
Gummi Bears, Worms, etc.
Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Dried Pineapple, etc.
Shredded Coconut (mix with food coloring to make colored coconut)
Melted White Chocolate with Food Coloring (for faces, decorating, etc.) 

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APPLE BEVERAGES

WARM APPLE PUNCH
1 gal. (4 qt.) apple cider
1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT SUNRISE Classic Orange Flavor Low Calorie Drink Mix
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp. whole cloves (if desired)
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg (if desired)

  • PLACE all ingredients in large saucepan.
  • Cook on low heat 20 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.)
  • Can also be made in crock pot…
    REMOVE cinnamon sticks and cloves; discard. Serve warm.

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WARM APPLE PUNCH #2

1 gal. (4 qt.) Apple Cider
About a cup of orange juice
Orange slices a nice touch...
2- 4 cinnamon sticks
PLACE all ingredients in large saucepan. Cook on low heat 20 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.) Can also be made in crock pot…
REMOVE cinnamon sticks Serve warm.
Great for the Holidays and winter Days!

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WARM CRANBERRY APPLE PUNCH
25 servings

Ingredianets:
2 quarts apple cider, 6 cups cranberry juice, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves, 1 lemon, thinly sliced

In a large pot, combine apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves and lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon, cloves, and lemon slices. Serve hot.

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HOT RASBERRY CIDER
Ingredients:
8 cups  Apple cider or Apple juice 
1 cup frozen raspberry juice concentrate, thawed 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 cinnamon stick     
Makes 8 servings
 
Combine all ingredients in 4-quart saucepan.
Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to simmer. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick.
Serve hot.

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HOT APPLE TEA
Ingredients:
1 quart Michigan Apple Cider or Michigan Apple juice
4 tea bags
Heat Apple Cider until simmering. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let steep 2 minutes. Remove tea bags and serve hot.

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (APPLE) SMOOTHIE
(Makes four, 6-ounce servings)
Ingredients:
2 8-ounce carton low fat peach yogurt
1 6-ounce can frozen apple juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
4 ice cubes
Directions:
Add each of the ingredients in the order listed to a blender.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into glasses and serve.

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APPLE PIE-A-LA-MODE SMOOTHIE
2 cup frozen vanilla yogurt, nonfat
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup apple juice, chilled
1 cup apple, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine the frozen yogurt, applesauce, and apple juice in a blender.
Add the apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Blend until smooth.

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APPLE SLUSHY COOLER....
For younger kids, you may want to substitute apple juice, which is a bit sweeter than cider.
Ingredients:
8 apple-cider ice cubes
1/4 cup apple cider or water
Drop the apple cider ice cubes into a blender or food processor. Pour in the apple cider or water. Blend until slushy, adding more liquid if necessary. Serves 1.

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MORE APPLE SNACKS...

STEAMED APPLES

  • Give each child an apple cut in half. Have them sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them.
  • Using and electric skillet, have each child put two tablespoons of water in the skillet.
  • Each child place their apples in the skillet. Put the lid on the skillet and simmer about 5 minutes or until the apples are soft.
  • The children really like them! You can add whipped cream some ice cream.
  • Peeled and sliced apples are also good this way!

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APPLE BUTTER

Ingredients: 4lbs. apples, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon cloves (ground)

Core and quarter unpeeled apples; chop  or put in blender with water and vinegar.
Cook in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture gets thick and turns brown.
Stir occasionally. This will take 2-3 hours (1/4 of that time in a microwave oven).
Add sugar and spices and cook for 1/2 hour more.
Refrigerate, then spread on toast or muffins.

#2 COLONIAL APPLE BUTTER
6 pounds of tart apples
6 cups apple cider or juice
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Core and quarter apples; cook with cider in a large heavy saucepan until soft, about 30 minutes. Press through a food mill. Boil gently 30 minutes; stir often. Stir in sugar and spices. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Boil gently stirring often until desired thickness about 1 hour. Pour into hot 1/2 pint jars adjust lids. Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes. (Start counting time after water returns to a boil.) Makes 8 half-pints.

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CARAMEL APPLE SLICES...
Melt about 25 caramel pieces with one tablespoon of water over low-heat. Core apples and slice to about 1” thick. Toss slices in melted caramel and roll in chopped peanuts. (If no allergies) Cool the caramel apple slices on wax paper.

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RECIPES in OVEN or TOASTER OVEN

 Easy Apple Turnovers
1 can apple pie filling
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons sugar
Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400′. 
  • Flatten each biscuit into a 6″ round.  Place 2 heaping tablespoons of pie filling on each biscuit. 
  • Moisten edges of dough with water.  Fold over and press edges firmly with a fork to seal. 
  • Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar and then sprinkle over top of biscuits. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

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APPLE PIE MUFFINS
Ingredients for one:
Half of an English Muffin
Butter or margarine
Apple slices
Cinnamon and Sugar mixture
Also need: Paper plates, plastic utensils and a TOASTER OVEN.
Spread butter on English muffin... Shake on cinnamon sugar.... Add apples slices.... Toast

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WARM APPLE CHEESE MELTS

You should plan on 1 Granny Smith apple, 4 ounces of low-fat cheddar cheese and 24 whole-grain crackers to serve 12 children.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut apple into quarters and slice each quarter crosswise into six pieces.
  • Cut cheese into 24 slices, each about 1 inch square.
  • Place 24 crackers on the oven tray and place 1 apple on each cracker.
  • Top the apple with a square of cheese. Bake 3 to 4 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt.
    Source: Apples in the Classroom, Apples in the Kitchen Texas Child Care, Winter 2006.

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HOMEMADE OVEN-DRIED APPLES

1. Core 4 medium-size tart cooking apples. Peel apples if you like. Slice the apples into rings, about 1/4-inch thick.

2. To keep the apple rings from browning, in a large bowl, combine 2 cups cold water and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add the apple rings, making sure each apple ring gets coated with the water-lemon mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well; pat apple rings dry with paper towels.

3. Preheat oven to 300°F. Lightly coat 2 wire racks with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the apple rings in a single layer on the wire racks, making sure rings do not touch or overlap. Set each rack on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Reverse positions of the baking sheets in the oven, moving the baking sheet from the top oven rack to the bottom oven rack and vice versa. Bake for 15 minutes more. Turn off the oven. Let the apple rings dry in the oven, with the door closed, for 3 hours. Remove from oven.

4. To store, place apple rings in large heavy-duty plastic bag. Close bag.
Makes about 4 cups.

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APPLE CEREAL SNACK 
1 sm. box shredded wheat with apple cereal
1/2 c. melted butter
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Combine butter, sugar and cinnamon. Pour over cereal. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

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PEANUT BUTTER APPLE CRUMBLE

Ingredients: 4 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips
1 cup sugar, divided
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
1 cup quick-cooking or regular rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Whipped cream(optional)
 
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.

2. Stir together apples, peanut butter chips, 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour in large bowl. Spread in prepared pan; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Stir together remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining 1/2 cup flour, oats and cinnamon in medium bowl; cut in remaining 4 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle oat mixture over apples.

3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and edges are bubbly. Cool slightly. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. 6 to 8 servings.

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MAKE APPLE LEATHER
Ingredients: 3-5 pounds apples, 1/4-1/2 cup sugar, if desired, 1/8 cup lemon juice, if desired, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg
1. Peel, core and slice apples.
2. Cook uncovered in a heavy 3-quart saucepan over low heat. If apples are dry, add a little water to prevent scorching. Cook until the they have the appearance of applesauce. Continue cooking until apples are brown and look like apple butter.
3. Add sugar if apples aren't sweet enough and add lemon juice if the apples aren't tart enough.
4. Add the spices. Mix completely and let cook a little longer to allow the flavors to blend. When the apple mix clings to an upturned spoon, it is ready.
5. Cool in an uncovered pot.
6. Spread mix evenly and thinly on 2 waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Let dry in a warm oven (125 degrees) overnight or on the counter uncovered, for 2-3 days. Check the apple leather for dryness. When you can touch it with your finger and it is not sticky, it is dry enough. It should be flexible, not brittle.
7. Cut in 1/2 inch strips.
8. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap.
Eat like a fruit roll. Store in tightly sealed containers; it can also be frozen and will keep well for months.

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APPLE SALADS

APPLE SALAD
Ingredients:
6 medium apples
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup white grape juice
Peel and chop the apples. Mix well and add the remaining ingredients.

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THREE APPLE SNICKERS® CANDY BAR SALAD (Kids love this-in fact everyone loves it!)
#1 Made with 12 Apples...

Core and cut up (small pieces) 6 Delicious apples. (Leave peeling on for color.) Core and dice 6 green apples. (Leave peeling on for color.)
Add 6-8 frozen SNICKERS® candy bars which have been crushed or pounded with a rolling pin so they are in big pieces. Fold altogether. Then add a big carton of Cool Whip. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

SNICKERS® - APPLE SALAD
#2 Made with 3 apples... 
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
3 apples, diced
3 regular size SNICKERS® candy bars, frozen
Mix together the Cool Whip and apples. Smash the SNICKERS® bars and add to the salad. Best if you allow to stand for a little while before serving.

APPLE SNICKERS® SALAD
#3 Made with 6-8 apples...
 

6-8 apples (unpeeled)
2 SNICKERS® bars
1 1/2 to 2 c. Cool Whip
Marshmallows (optional)
Cut apples in small pieces. Dice SNICKERS® and add them and Cool Whip. Let chill at least 1 hour.

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APPLE WALDORF SALAD
(Six 3/4 cup servings)
3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons milk
3 medium unpeeled red eating apples, coarsely chopped (3 cups)
3 medium celery stalks, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
Salad greens, if desired
1. Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice and milk in medium bowl.
2. Stir in apples, celery and nuts. Serve on salad greens. Cover and refrigerate any remaining salad.

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APPLES IN THE REFRIGERATOR

APPLE JUICE JIGGLERS #1 (Makes 45 cubes)
Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
1- 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup water
1 6-ounce can of frozen apple juice concentrate,
Directions: Very lightly coat a 9" x 5" loaf pan. Soften gelatin in water in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat. Add frozen apple juice concentrate; mix well. Pour into pan. Cover and refrigerate. Chill until set, about 2-3 hours. Cut into one inch cubes and serve as a snack.
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APPLE FINGER CUBES #2
2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin in a bowl
Add 2 cups of boiling water
Stir until gelatin is dissolved.
Add one 6 oz can of unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate.
Pour into lightly greased cake pan. Cut into squares when firm.

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FROZEN APPLESAUCE AND FRUIT CUP
1 cup Apple Sauce
10 oz pkg. frozen strawberries, thawed
11 oz Can mandarin orange segments, drained
1 cup Grapes (Optional)
2 TBL. Orange juice concentrate
Directions:
In medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Spoon fruit mixture into individual dishes or paper cups. Freeze until firm. Remove from freezer about 30 minutes before serving. Makes 7 (1/2 cup) servings.

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APPLE PUDDING
1 cup leftover cooked rice
1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix rice and applesauce together in a large bowl. Add cinnamon and yogurt. Stir well. Spoon into dishes and serve. Makes six 1/2-cup servings.

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APPLE DIPS & SPREADS

APPLE CARAMEL DIP #1 
Caramel apple dip
1 bag Kraft caramels
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 stick butter or margarine
1 bag apples
Unwrap caramels. Combine caramels, butter and milk. Melt together in microwave. Stir occasionally while melting. Slice apples. Dip into warm caramel. Keeps well in refrigerator and just needs to be heated again when serving.

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CARMEL APPLE SPREAD #2 
8 oz Cream cheese, softened
1/2 c Brown sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Caramel Flavoring
Apple slices…
Blend all ingredients with mixer. Serve with apple slices. Tastes like caramel apples, but doesn’t stick to your your teeth

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APPLE CREAM CHEESE CARMEL DIP #3
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup caramel sauce
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together and chill.
Option: Mold mixture into a ball and roll the ball in broken Heath pieces.

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SPREAD #4
1 jar of Carmel sauce (Mrs. Richardson's is good) 
1/2 cup of Sour Cream
Heath Bar pieces
Mix all together...

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APPLE SPREAD  #5 
Ingredients:

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/4 c. mayonnaise
Dash of sugar
1 c. chopped apple with peel
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped pecans
Directions:
Mix together the cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve with crackers or fresh vegetables.

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APPLE CHEESE SPREAD #6
8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1 ½ cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 cup diced apple (unpeeled)
1/3 chopped walnuts
2 Tbl. Milk
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

  • Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy in a small mixing bowl.
  • Beat in the remaining ingredients until well blended.
  • Refrigerate, covered, for 1 to 2 hours to allow flavors to blend.
  • The spread will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week if covered. Use spread on bagels, crackers or waffles.
    Makes 2 cups.

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TASTY APPLE DIP AND FLOUR TORTILLA CHIPS
 (Reviews are really good on this one!)
1 1/3 cups peeled, cored, and diced apple
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons apricot preserves
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon...Mix all together and serve with below chips 

Ingredients for chips:
5 (6-inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1. Combine all the dip ingredients in a bowl, then cover and refrigerate the mixture until chilled.
2. Brush the tortillas with butter, and then cut them into wedges.
3. Arrange the wedges on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350° F until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let them cool before serving. Serves 4 to 6.
From: familyfun

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HOT APPLE DIP   (Great for the Autumn and Winter Holidays!)
2 cups or 16 servings
Ingredients:
1 tub (8 oz.) Cream Cheese 
2 Tbsp.  brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1  apple, chopped and divided in half,
 1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Tbsp.  finely chopped Pecan Pieces
Wheat Thin Original Crackers or Cinnamon snack crackers

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Mix cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon or spice in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in half of the apples.
3. Spread into pie plate or small casserole dish. Top with remaining apples, Cheddar and nuts.
4. Bake 10 to 12 min. or until heated through.
Serve with crackers.

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MISCELLANEOUS...

If your looking for a great variety of "Apple Themed Activities" Click here: You'll find art, games, crafts, diversity and more...Looking for the name and description of a great variety of apples-click here.

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APPLE TASTING AND CHARTING!
Bring in LARGE VARIETY of apples. (During peek season there are many-many!) Have the children taste them and see which one they like the best. With older kids you can chart and tally the results.
.......You can also do this with applesauce (Flavored vs. Unflavored and also taste test Cider vs. Apple juice.

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HOLIDAY APPLES

 

APPLE TURKEYS 

These are fun to make. The tail feathers can be  colored mini-marshmallows, gumdrops or ring cereal. This sample uses spice/gum drops. The feet can be whatever you decide--such as gum drops or candy corn.  

Need: apples, large marshmallows, candy corn and colored toothpicks.

1. The apple is the body of the turkey.

2. Add colored mini-marshmallows or gum drops to 5 or 6 toothpicks; stick them in one end of the apple, like a fan.

3. Use a toothpick for the neck. Use a marshmallow for a head. Tiny raisin pieces make the eyes and a candy corn for the beak.

 4. Use 3 yellow toothpicks for legs (in a triangular position so your turkey can stand up) (Sample and Photo by KidActivities) 

Personally, I like to eat the spice gum-drops! When you are making food crafts with children, make sure to have a few extra pieces for the kids to munch on!

 

    APPLES AND HONEY...This is good for Rosh Hashanah

    A Jewish friend of mine does this with her family and friends. Take an apple and slice a thin piece from the bottom so that it stands up without support. Cut the top off and core the center out. Fill with honey.

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    APPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE (Pareve)
    Preparation Time: 10 minutes
    Cooking Time: 20 minutes
    Ingredients:
    9 medium apples
    1/2 bag of fresh cranberries
    1/2 cup honey or to taste
    1 tsp. lemon rind

Slice a few more apples... dip the slices in honey for a sweet New Year-Rosh Hashanah.

Core and cut up apples...

Cover well with water and cook until soft. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Cover cranberries with water and cook until very soft (about twenty minutes). Drain.

Put apples through food mill or force through colander to remove skins and seeds.

Add cranberries, honey, and lemon rind.
Note: Depending how tart or sweet you like your sauce, you can add more honey.
Source: hanukat.com Wonderful for Jewish Celebration!