“I Can Do It All By Myself!” Apple-Rings
A fun and crafty healthy-food activity for children.
Total Time: 15 minutes up to 1 hour (if you’re lucky!)
Supplies and Ingredients:
*An apple coring tool is important for this recipe. This tool can be found in most grocery stores.
Muffin Tin(s) or large serving plate for organizing toppings
Plate for each child
Butter Knives for spreading (one for each child)
Apples (one for each person)
Optional Toppings Include:
Peanut & or Almond Butter
Dried Fruit (e.g. raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, coconut etc.)
Seeds (Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, etc.) and other kid-friendly toppings
*Get creative with offerings: Try spices such as cinnamon or ginger in spice shakers. Work in some veggies such as grated carrots or small celery slices that stick to honey or nut butter. Sesame-honey-ginger apple rings are delicious!
*Arrange plates, butter knives, at each seat. Place spreads, and toppings in the table ahead of time. Use muffin tin(s) if desired, to organize all the smaller toppings.
*Involve children in all steps and allow them to make choices. Provide support and supervision as developmentally appropriate.
*Wash 1 apple per child. Kids can take turns at the sink.
*Peel apples, if desired and developmentally appropriate. Kids can take turns using the peeler.
*Seat children around the table, in front of their plate and knife. Using a cutting board, core apples and slice apples into ¼ inch thick “donuts”/rings with whole in center. Talk about safety with corer and knives, model safety by coring and cutting one apple as they watch. Allow older children to take turns at the cutting board to core and slice their apples. Younger children may need a hand-over-hand method of support for safety.
*Place apple rings on individual plates (children may chose to arrange in a circle, a tall apple-shaped stack, overlapping, etc.)
*Decorate apple donuts with any or all of the spreads and toppings. Allow children to choose their own combination of toppings.
*Watch and admire the creative ways that children decorate and play with their food.
*Notice when children make letters (O’s U’s etc.). Challenge older kids to make M’s, W’s or S’s if they seem interested.
*Join in the fun of using apples for tools or imaginative play. Apple rings can be glasses, binoculars, smiles, chains, etc.
*Try not to worry about the mess until after everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the magic of the moment!
*Eat up the fun!
By Amanda Barnum