We all packed up and headed to the apple orchard last weekend. We had such a great time! It was a beautiful day and our first glimpse of the glorious Fall weather to come.
We enjoyed several picture books in anticipation of our orchard trip:
–Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson
–How do Apples Grow by Giulio Maestro
–Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
–The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
On our drive out to the orchard we also listened to the Jim Weiss recording American Tell Tales. It includes a wonderful story about Johnny Appleseed!
We knew we would find apples and peaches at the orchard but were surprised to stumble upon a few rows of grapes as well.
We picked two huge bags of peaches, a wagon full of apples, and a whole bag full of grapes!
Sad to say, most of the grapes were consumed at our post picking celebratory picnic (complete with cheese, crackers, olives, sparkling apple cider and of course peaches and apples).
We managed to get some nature study in at the orchard as well, making observations about the apple and peach trees and the grapes vines!
We also had some art fun making apple prints! While our oldest son, Max, stamped his little heart out, I read aloud one of the stories I found online about discovering the hidden star inside of the apple.
We’ve mostly been enjoying eating our delicious produce plain or dipped in caramel but Max pitched in to help make an apple pie and baked apples chips before we run out of apples!
Do you have any special excursions planned this Fall? What are some of your favorite Fall activities?