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Enjoying the End of Summer
It’s hard to get excited about fall topics when the temperature is staying in upper 90s and the pool is still conveniently open. We are taking advantage of our September heat wave when we can. However, now fall is officially here, and we celebrated it with some yummy apple treats while sneaking some science into them.
Who Was Johnny Appleseed?
Smarty asked me who was Johnny Appleseed, and we read The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki. Frankly, she didn’t care for illustrations, but the story itself was rather interesting. It’s hard to imagine the time where apples were not growing everywhere in the United States, and we learned a few things about a person behind the legend. Smarty was very pumped up about the idea that apples can be grown from seeds and wanted to try it at home.
Which Tree Would We Grow?I decided not to disappoint my preschooler by telling her that it’s difficult to grow a tasty apple tree from seeds, and instead we discussed what tree we would like to grow. For the first time Smarty actually paid attention in the store to notice that it has an amazing variety of apples. We chose three for a taste test:
We whipped up a delicious cream cheese apple dip and proceeded to taste every apple with and without a dip. I asked Smarty to use as many descriptive words as she can for texture, smell and taste. Smarty certainly was not a fan of sour Granny Smith apples – she described them as sour, sharp and “not ripe”. Fuji was a winner in our taste test for both of us – we agreed that it was both the sweetest and the juiciest.