What Can We Do With An Apple?

CONCEPT: Food Experiences



Read the story of Johnny Appleseed and then discuss the characteristics of apples...which the best of all is that they are low in PHE!



  • To look at the characteristics of apples
  • To increase the child's acceptance and familiarity with a low phe food--apples!



  1. Read The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki.
  2. Getting to know all about apples. Pass the basket of apples around, instruct each child to pick one apple from the basket.

    Discuss the characteristics of their apples, such as:

    • What color are their apples? (red, green, yellow)
    • What shape are the apples? (round, pear-shaped)
    • What sizes are the apples? (small, medium, large)
    • Which apples are heavy? Which apples are light?
    • How do apples smell? (sweet, sour)
    • How do apples feel? (hard, smooth, waxy)
    • How do apples taste? (sour, sweet, tart, bland)
    • How do apples sound when you eat them? (quiet, loud, crisp, crunchy)
    • What covers apples? (peel)
    • Does the peel taste different from the pulp inside?
    • What are the other parts of an apple? (stem, blossom, core, seeds) Using the cutting board and knife, cut one apple in half to show the children.
    • What color are apples inside? (white, pale yellow)
    • Into what shapes and sizes can apples be cut? (halves, quarters, thirds, circles, cubes, shreds)
    • Is the apple juicy or dry when cut?
    • Why are apples good to eat? (they taste delicious, look good, feel good, give us energy, clean our teeth, are low in PHE!)
    • What can we make with apples? (apple sauce, apple juice, apple cider, apple vinegar, apple butter, apple jelly, dried apples, baked apples)
    • What about these: apple salad, apple cookies, applesauce cake, apple crisp, apple pudding?
    • How do you like apples best?
  3. Distribute the activity sheets.
    • Apple Maze--Help the worm find his way through all the apples!
    • Apple Tree Maze--Help the apple through the tree!



  • Book: The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki Brandenberg. Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1963. ISBN: 0-671-66746-7.
  • Basket of a variety of washed apples (enough for each child to have one apple). Some suggested choices for apples to include: Rome, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Braeburn
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Fun with Apples activity sheets:
    acrobat reader logo Apple Maze, acrobat reader logo Apple Tree Maze


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