Somehow we missed the window for berry picking this summer. By the time we were ready to go, our beloved Berry Patch picking report stated that they were all picked out and what was left was being enjoyed by the Robins! So, we made sure not to miss out on the apple picking this fall! Some areas of the orchard were really picked over, so spying the first red one was quite exciting!
Everyone got a turn to add a few to our basket.
But there was still so much more to enjoy on the farm. Like the animals in the barnyard…
And our absolute favorite - sliding and jumping in bales of hay. Who says you need an expensive playset in your backyard…just grab a couple haybales and your kids couldn’t be more delighted!
When we returned home, we started making Apple Cider Slushes. The idea never occurred to me until I happened across it at Little Wonders’ Days recently. But by all means…ADD THIS TO YOUR FALL LIST!! Seriously! The kids LOVED it! Me too!! And they are SOOOOOOO super easy! We simply poured some apple cider in a 9×13 baking dish, put it in the freezer, and set the timer for 30 minutes. When the timer went off, we stirred the partially frozen apple cider and returned it to the freezer for another 10 minutes. We probably could have stirred and put it in for another 10 minutes, but we were too anxious (and it was too delicious) to wait even a moment more.
However, while we were waiting, we sampled our delicious pickings, read the book The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree…
And even made our very own beautiful apple orchard!
To make your own orchard of seasons, here is what you will need:
Paper (we used white sheets of construction paper approximately 18 inches x 6 inches)
Pink Tissue Paper
Fingerpaints (We received ours complements of Craft Project Ideas.)
Simply fold your sheet of paper into 4 sections (each section will represent 1 of the 4 seasons).
Fingerpaint a brown tree trunk with green leaves and glue on balls of pink tissue paper for the apple blossoms.
Again fingerpaint a brown tree trunk with green leaves, but this time, use the tip of your finger to add red dots for the apples.
Fingerpaint a brown tree trunk but add a various assortment of fall colored leaves.
Fingerpaint only the tree trunk.
The kids loved this project so much that they actually asked if they could make another one just like it the very next day! But, since Craft Project Ideas sent us many other fabulous art materials along with the finger paints, we had lots of options!