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Make Apple Sauce

October 18, 2008

homemade apple sauce

Children learn so much when they help in the kitchen. Besides, cherishing the time with you, they learn that measuring makes a difference and it’s a step towards being a self-sufficient adult. Making apple sauce is easy and yummy and your children will enjoy the fact that they helped make it while they eat it all up.

Materials:
6 apples
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon of the spice chosen by your child
any 3 assorted spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cardamom, garam masala, allspice
plastic knife
activity sheet pdf

  1. Have your child do a sniff test to determine which spice to use. We suggest that you gently wave your hand over the open bottle of spice so the air is directed towards your child so he or she doesn’t inhale the spices directly into his or her nose. He or she will have a definite opinion. Most children love cinnamon.
  2. To get ready to make the apple sauce, core the apples and have your child help cut apples into quarters with a plastic knife. They can cut the pieces small or large.
  3. Have your child put the apples in a pot and add water and lemon juice.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir the sauce as it is cooking.
  6. Add sugar and the spice that your child liked best.
  7. Blend in a blender until smooth and serve. Enjoy hot or cold!

Assessment

As you are working with your child, watch how they are chopping up the apples. Do they understand how to hold a knife? Are they letting the serrated edge of the knife help them cut or are they using only their arm strength? These are the times you take a moment to show them how to use the knife to make it easier. Praise them when they get it with a simple, “That’s it!” If they are doing it like you want it, let them know it.

Apple Links

Lots of Apple recipes; Games, crosswords and a story of Johnny S for kids can be found at The Washington Apple Commission.

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