It’s Apple Pickin’ Time!

Ahhh…fruits and vegetables. I know I feed my children a lot better than I feed myself so I plan on using our Apple Taste Test Activity (see below) to reacquaint my taste buds with different types of apples. The activity will do much more than that though- it will teach your children about graphs and voting (isn’t that topic on our minds anyways?!)

Apple Taste Test

Autumn is the perfect time to taste all kinds of apples!.

Materials   Baby    Toddler            Preschooler      School-Age Child         Parent

Several different kinds of apples (We recommend Granny Smith, Macintosh, and Golden Delicious.) Macintosh suggested. Peeled, sliced and mashed.   A few small pieces of each apple.          With our without peel, sliced or whole.  As is

Sheet of paper


If possible, take your kids to a local apple orchard and pick a variety of apples together. If visiting an orchard isn’t possible, buy various kinds of apples at the supermarket. At home, gather your children together for a taste test.

Before eating the apples, your kids can examine them and describe their differences. Then for each apple, serve a piece to each child. Discuss its taste and have your school-age child record his siblings’ votes on a special chart.


If your baby is eating solids, her vote counts, too! Have her try each apple after it’s been mashed. (Macintosh is a good choice to start with because of its appealing sweet taste.) Does she seem to enjoy it? Have your other children decide.

If your baby isn’t eating solids, have a sibling hold an apple in front of her to see if she reacts to its color. You can record a coo or a smile on the chart!


Even the pickiest toddler will likely try apples, although your toddler may “show” you he doesn’t care for a variety by spitting it out! This activity is a great opportunity to teach colors. Help him identify the color of each apple.


Adjectives are becoming a huge part of your preschooler’s vocabulary. Use this activity to encourage him to describe the look and taste of each apple. For example, he may use words like [I]sweet, crunchy, soft[I] or [I]chewy[I] to express his thoughts.

School-Age Child

To make the taste test chart, your school-age child can create one as shown here: [Insert chart featured below]. He can list the name of each apple variety down a sheet of paper, then record each sibling’s name across the top of the paper. As each sibling tastes each apple, your school-age child can record the response to the taste with a happy face or one with a frown.

Did you know?

There were at least 55 million tons of apples grown around the world in 2005.

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