Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Princess Week: Apple Picking and Pretend Pies

Because of Labor Day, we started the week with some non-Montessori activities. We planned to meet my parents in North Carolina for apple picking! The NC Apple Festival takes place in Hendersonville, NC over Labor Day Weekend each year, so we knew it would be the perfect time to go pick some fresh apples. It was a full day of sensorial experiences - pretend pie sensory play followed by picking and tasting several varieties of apples and grapes.

Pie Sensory Bin

Last week I saw this great apple pie sensory bin from Little Bins for Little Hands, and I knew it would be the perfect activity to get M excited about her first apple picking experience. I have to say, it was even better than I expected! It was beyond easy to set up (just two ingredients - 5 cups of flour, 1 cup of oil), and M had an absolute blast! Here are some pictures of her making the crust, adding the "apples" (red beads), baking her pie, and serving her pie.


Apple Picking at Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard

There are tons of apple orchards in Hendersonville, and I'm sure most are fantastic. We chose Hillcrest Orchard, which is in its 44th season and has 22 varieties of apples, as well as grapes and pumpkins. They have a chart on their website that lists when the different varieties are ripe for picking, and they also gave us a map of the orchard when we arrived to make it easy to find our favorite varieties. We grabbed a wagon and a couple of baskets and spent the afternoon wandering through the apple trees looking for the perfect apples. M had so much fun!


I can't wait to make some baked apples and a fresh apple pie! Those are some sensorial activities we'll all enjoy :)

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