Applesauce Recipe with Home Learning Lesson
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My 3 Littles absolutely love applesauce. There is something so special about fresh apples simmering making the whole house smell delightful and cozy. When I make homemade applesauce I have their full attention! Taste buds, smell sensors, eyes, and hearts ~ That is a perfect opportunity to engage their minds as well.
In Home Learning we were starting a new unit in math for my youngest related to volume. I had just received these three clear measuring cylinders with volume measurements marked on the sides.
These would work perfectly to incorporate a Home Learning Lesson into the Applesauce Recipe!! FREE RECIPE, SCROLL DOWN TO PRINT
My Oldest Little is advancing her reading, science observation and dissection skills, and “whole concept” learning. The book she had been reading nightly this week would fit perfectly with this Applesauce recipe as well!
SO: I looked around my home and I had science cylinder beakers, an apple science and reading book, and 6 fresh organic fuji apples on my table. I knew a creative learning lesson was about to take place. So we simply went to our Kitchen Lab and got started inventing….I am an inventor of joyful life – you can be too. Read my post on Invention Box here and Joyful Faith here to get started. SO How did we put it all together?
It takes little extra time on my part to include my children in the kitchen. It is OUR home, OUR kitchen, OUR learning environment. My ability to cook is only enhanced by their creative passion, giggles, and curiosity. YES, that means more spills. GUESS WHAT? That means they each have a responsibility. My Young Little knows, if anything drops on the floor, it is her job to pick it up. Her tiny broom and dustpan are low, and she gets it and puts it back in her spot. She loves being part of the cooking so much she loves her responsibility that goes along with it. My Older washes the dishes out. I still put them in the dishwasher, but she helps immensely. My kids are 7, 4, and 1. They all have routine responsibilities related to their age, height, and interests.
It also teaches a huge life lesson – if you want the fun, you participate in the work. Our kitchen is where they learn life lessons on health, science, math, integrity, and so much more. Why would I exclude them from this prime learning time? Unless I am in a dire hurry (which happens!) they are always welcome to learn and cook with me, as long as they do their responsibilities. They love to be beside me and mix, whisk, scrape, measure, talk, and giggle. The chores always get done, the food gets eaten, and the Learning Lessons ~ well, those cannot be store bought!
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After I peeled and sliced the apples, I placed the cool pot to our “kid zone”. The kids help me so much because we made clear rules and expectations. The stove is a no kid zone. It is hot and dangerous. I always place items to our kid zone when they are helping me. I do not put hot items on the kid zone. This pan has not been warmed up yet, and so safely and with confidence, they could all participate. Setting up a joyful kitchen science lab requires adult supervision, communication, and common sense.
This recipe is perfect because the amount of water does not actually matter. I knew I just would need enough to cover the apples with water. So it was perfect for this math lesson. We measured the water volumes (I used volumes that showed difference between smallest, large, and largest). Then I asked for who had that volume to pour it in. They took turns and immediately began to master the volume lesson for the day. It took no extra time than if I did it myself. My kids knew they were mastering a math and reading assignment while having a blast cooking. But here is my secret. I include my children in my Kitchen Lab for another reason….
The other reason is simple. JOYFUL Health. When kids help prepare new healthy foods, I see a huge increase in their willingness to try them and eat them. It makes healthy living and eating a happy way of life. Read why I believe in Joyful Wellness by clicking here: JOYFUL WELLNESS.
In just a matter of minutes, my Littles had mastered their math concept of volume, they had experienced the real life application of their reading lessons, and they learned how to make a healthy snack that will give them a foundation of joyful wellness. All with one SIMPLE RECIPE.
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Learning math, reading, responsibility, work ethic, and how to cook healthy snacks from home is so important. This recipe is SIMPLE. The time was brief. The Cost next to nothing. Yet, the experiences that we are creating in our Kitchen Science Lab are PRICELESS to my kids with JOYFUL reward to their lives.
BELOW is the simple recipe you can cook up at home.
Here are some simple questions you can use to help facilitate a joyful learning experience. If you do Home Learning, or traditional school learning, this lesson applies. The family is the first teacher of the child ~ lift them up with joyful health, learning, and faith today!
Sample Home Learning Lesson questions:
1. What are you learning in math this week? (incorporate it!)
2. Let’s use different volume containers and take turns adding the water. We need to figure out the smallest, large, and largest volumes that we need and then we can all take turns when I ask for that volume. (To do this, the child will master the concepts of volume, and smallest, large, and largest).
3. Why is applesauce good for us? Why is an apple a fruit? How is this applesauce different from some we may buy in the store?
4. Here is the book we used this month for reading, parts of a flower, life cycle of plants, helpfulness of insects, and healthy cooking with joy: “How Do Apples Grow?” by Besty Maestro. You can check it out for free at your local library.
Here is the Homemade Applesauce Recipe by ibelieveinjoy.com that you can make at home together!
I sincerely hope it brings your family as much joyful learning and joyful healthy eating as it brought to my own family.
This Homemade Applesauce Recipe is Allergy Friendly! Nut free, gluten free, egg free, soy free, dairy free. Food allergies are real, but we make them fun @ ibelieveinjoy.com TM
- 6 Fuji Apples: peeled, and sliced (use any apple type you like!)
- Lemon juice: just squeeze in the juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- Water: enough to cover the apples in the pan for simmering
- Optional Sweetener, add to your taste: we used 1 TBS raw organic honey.
- Optional: add fresh cinnamon
- Optional: add a handful of other fruits to mix up the flavor such as strawberries, pears, or peaches.
- 1 simmering pan
- 1 blender
- optional: smallest, large, and largest volume containers to allow the kids to pour the water and learn math while cooking
- *As always, all cooking, stove use, and cutting needs to be done by an adult.
- Wash and peel the apples.
- Slice to equal size pieces.
- Add enough water to cover the apples and allow for simmering.
- Simmer on medium low heat until soft (about 15 minutes)
- *Caution with hot apples / blending by adult
- Drain any remaining water.
- Place soft apples to blender.
- Add the fresh lemon juice.
- Add optional sweetener.
- Blend to desired consistency.
- Use funnel to transfer into jar.
- Allow to cool before eating (We keep ours in containers in the fridge, but they are gone within a day!)
- Enjoy this healthy and fun family snack!!
- Note: this recipe served 4 children. If there are grown applesauce lovers in the house, I would double it :)