Apple-themed homeschool lessons are popping up everywhere with the return of the fall season. Here are some great science experiments you can do with apples to add a fall flair to your homeschool.
Apples Oxidation Experiment
Every kids loves fresh apple slices, but when they turn brown, kids turn up their noses. Take this real-life experience with apple slices and turn it into an Apple Experiment. What causes cut apples to brown? What prevents it and why?
All you need are some common household materials for this simple experiment.
- 2-3 apples
- 5 bowls
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
- White vinegar
This is a great activity to include multiple ages. Kids from about 5-11 will enjoy the results!
As you set up the experiment, encourage your kids to make predictions. Then take note of the results. Which liquid prevented the browning? Your kids will learn that acidic ingredients prevent browning the most. It’s a fun visual science experiment you can do with apples! Get the full tutorial at KiwiCo.
You can grab a FREE science reading activity about Apple Oxidation to help further your science study.
Learn Chemistry with Apples
Ready for some messy science? Your younger kids will love Erupting Apples – and if you do it outside, your clean up won’t be too bad.
Your younger kids won’t even mind getting their hands a bit dirty as they try to find the remains of the apple. Here’s what you need:
- Baking soda
- Liquid soap
- Small bowl
- Squeeze bottle
- Liquid watercolors (optional)
This experiment doesn’t use real apples. Your kids will actually create a doughy apple using baking soda, soap, and water. So, this experiment makes for great sensory play for your younger kids as well.
Once your kids squeeze some vinegar onto their doughy apple, get ready for the explosion! This takes the classic exploding volcano project and transports it into a fall apple-themed science activity. You can find the full tutorial with pictures at KiwiCo.
If your kids can’t get enough of this erupting apples project, then check out the Erupting Volcanoes: Full Sensory Experiments to add some more hands-on fun to your science studies. And if you have toddlers, you’ll love creating an Apple Sensory Bin to keep your little learners busy.
Apple Powered Electricity
You could use an apple or a pumpkin for this fun electricity experiment! Did you know that an apple (or other piece of fruit) can conduct electricity?
Here’s how you can find out. Your older kids can create a battery using an apple. They’ll also need:
- alligator clip
- copper strips
- zinc strips
Your kids will learn how the acid in the fruit allows the electrons to flow. This fun experiment also works with a lemon, pumpkin, potato, or head of lettuce!
More Apple Resources for Your Homeschool
If you really want to get into the apple season in a big way in your homeschool, then you’ll want to check out the dozens of Apple Science Experiments and Hands-On Activities ideas. From making apple sauce oobleck to learning the science behind toffee apples, your kids will have a blast!
As you prepare to head out on an apple orchard field trip, grab this FREE Apple Life Cycle Pack to use in your homeschool. You’ll also find some great tips to keep in mind when taking your kids to an apple orchard.
Finally, the FREE Resources for Learning About Apples round-up will give you everything you need to get into the fall season in your homeschool. Here’s what you’ll find:
- apple life cycle play dough mats
- printable pack
- counting mats
- notebooking pages
- and more!
So head to the orchard or the grocery store and pick up some apples to use in your homeschool science this week.
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