In anticipation of our trip to the apple farm this weekend, Kiddo and I performed a taste test on 6 apples I bought at the farmer’s market. Kiddo likes charts and categories, so it was fun for him. Plus, as we have been reading a ton of apple books he has gotten into all the different apple names. He always wants to know what kind of apple I am giving him.
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What you need:
- Muffin tin (or plate)
- Paper divided into columns and rows
- Stickers in two different colors. I love office supply stickers for this purpose. And they are excellent for a variety of projects. We’ve used them for resist art projects, dot to dots, etc.
- Picture book about apples. Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Wallace is idea.
How to set up the apple comparison:
I drew rows and columns on one sheet of paper. I labelled the first column “apples” and the remaining columns, “sweet” “tart” “crisp” and “soft”. I wrote the letters A-F on three sets of red stickers.
To keep Kiddo busy while I cut up the apples, I gave him stickers to label everything. He put a letter sticker on each muffin tin and down the first column (see photo below).
I placed a different apple in each muffin tin and on a separate piece of paper I secretly wrote down the names of the apples next to the correct corresponding sticker to be revealed after the taste test.
Books to read:
Apples, Apples, Apples (pictured)
That Apple is Mine!
Our Apple Tree (my favorite of the myriad of “this is how an apple grows” books that are out there. It has less of the excruciating detail, which may not be of interest to the preschool set and has whimsical drawings.)