I can’t help myself; every year I start decorating our homeschool area with an apple theme. It reminds me of my days as an early learning teacher. I just loved to open the school year with an apple theme, and the kids loved it as well. I did many crafts with apples and have found out how to do a lot more with apples over the years.
Check out these 20 things you never knew you could do with apples – and more.
I wonder how many other moms can’t help but begin their year with apples or if it’s just me. Either way, apples are awesome because there are so many different kinds of them, they taste so good, and they are nutritious. There are so many things you can do with them at home.
Where I live, there are seasons for different fruits. It really makes it hard when you have cravings. However, apples are available year-round. The only issue is that they are either really expensive or really cheap, depending on the season. We either are growing them or importing them. When they are cheap, we buy as many as we can to do all types of new things with them.
Throughout the years, I have learned some really interesting things about apples that I have been able to teach and share with my kids. Here are a few interesting things you never knew or cared to know about apples:
- Because there are 2,500 different varieties of apples in the United States, it would take you seven years to eat one of each kind. Wait, there’s more. There are 7,500 kinds of different apples worldwide, which would take you 20 years to eat each of those kinds.
- Apples are actually part of the rose family, just like pears and plums. Really.
- Apples ripen up ten times faster when you don’t refrigerate them. They look pretty for decoration, but it’s best to keep them cool.
- Apples float, yes they float, because they are made up of 25% air.
- There is an actual science of apple-growing. It is called pomology.
- Every state in the U.S. grows apples.
- Apples come in different sizes, ranging from the size of a cherry to the size of a grapefruit.
- Johnny Appleseed was a real person.
- How did Steve Jobs come up with the name Apple for his computers? “It sounded fun, spirited, and not intimidating. Apple took the edge off the word computer, ” Jobs said. “Plus, it would get us ahead of Atari in the phone book.”
These are all pretty cool facts you can share with your homeschooler about apples. Another thing you could do with your homeschool is to discover all the new things you never knew you could do with apples. After all, it is October — National Apple Month.
Check out these links for 20 things you never knew you could do with real apples:
Homemade “stuff” to do with apples:
Painted Apple Mason Jar – It’s a Bushel of Fun! | Julie Measures
10-Minute Apple Pie Soap + Labels | Happiness is Homemade
Homemade Apple Spice Candle | This Mama Loves
How to Make an Autumn Apple Wreath for Fall | Fox Hollow Cottage
How to Make Apple Birdseed Homemade Bird Feeders Everyone Loves | Natural Beach Living
How to Make Apple Candles | Designer Trapped
DIY Apple Pie Body Butter | Simply Being Mommy
How To Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar | Natural Living Ideas
DIY Apple Scented Lotion Bars | Stylish Cravings
Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub | Classy Clutter
Crafts and learning you can do with apples:
Charlotte Mason and the Apple Unit Study | My Little Robins
Teaching the Trinity | Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Apple Stamping Art for Kids | Green Kid Crafts
New recipes to try with apples:
Apple chips | Smart Money Mamas
Easy Paleo Apple Butter Recipe in the Crock-Pot | Confessions of an Overworked Mom
How to Can Homemade Apple Juice that is Clear | Harbour Breeze Home
Brown Butter Apple Loaf | The Kitchn
Glazed Apple Fritters | The Kitchn
Homeschool STEM activities to do with apples:
Stacking Apples Game: A Fall Stem Activity for Kids | The Educator’s Spin On It
Apple Volcanoes | Growing a Jeweled Rose
Grab some of these books to go alongside your activities for National Apple Month.
Bad Apple: A Tale of FriendshipMy Little Golden Book About Johnny AppleseedTen Apples Up On Top!Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons)Apples, Apples Everywhere!: Learning About Apple Harvests (Autumn)Applesauce DayApple Farmer AnnieHow Do Apples Grow?
Of course, the internet is full of ideas, but I thought these were the coolest things you could do with apples that I could find. Enjoy your October, and enjoy these things you never knew you could do with apples. Your kids will enjoy them all.