Fall is immersed in activities centered around apples and pumpkins! It’s fun and all, but it can be a bit exhausting. Well, if you’re looking for a fun, hand-on, albeit slightly messy activity, try out this apple smash. You’ll love watching your kids’ enjoy the sweet satisfaction of smashing these cotton ball apples!
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Cooking Up Smash Apples
Step 1 Start off by mixing the flour with the water. It is equal parts water to flour (you most likely only need ½ cup of each). The consistency will look like a runny paste.
Step 2 Add in the colored food dye to your flour mixture. You’ll add in as much food dye as you’d like until you get the desired color. If you want to make them orange, you can create smash pumpkins instead of apples!
Step 3 Once you have the right consistency and color, drop your cotton balls into the mixture and fully cover them with the mixture.
Step 4 After they’ve been completely covered, spoon out the cotton balls and bake them in the oven at 300 degrees for 45 minutes or until they have a hard outer shell.
Step 5 Let them cool and then let the smashing good times begin! Take your “baked” apples or pumpkins to a safe space where your child can smash them with a mallet hammer. We used an old board as a hard, flat surface which made the smashing easier.
This activity is fun on it’s own. You’ll enjoy observing the hard outer shell (encourage your child to squeeze the “apple” once you’ve baked it--you'll be surprised at how hard it is!) and pulling apart the smashed apple to observe the softness of the cotton inside.
Ways to Build onto Your Apple Smashing Fun!
This activity is a blast all on it’s own, but if you’re wanting to make this more educational, here are a few ideas. You can have your child count out the number of apples and then as you smash apples, talk about “taking away” apples as a pre-subtraction conversation. You can use a song and either play or sing it with your child as you smash the apples (I’ve included a few ideas below). You can write letters on the baked apples and as you call out a letter, your child smashes it.
Link to Five Apples in the Apple Tree
Link to Farmer Brown Had 5 Apples
Link to 10 Apples
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