Therapist Thursday….A is for Apple!

By: Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L

It is apple season and there are so many fun things you can do with apples!

Apple Picking: We have so much fun going to pick apples each year. It is a fun family event and also a nice way to spend some time outside.  Apple picking provides some great opportunities for heavy work including carrying a basket of apples or pulling a wagon.

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Apple Painting: Once you get home with all those apples, have some fun painting with them! You can use the apple like a stamp.  Cut the apple and dip it in some paint and get creative! Here are some different ways you can paint with apples.

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Creative writing: Have your child write about what his or her favorite color apple is and why.  Then he or she can add some details about how they like to eat an apple (whole, sliced, peeled, with peanut butter, etc.).  Finally, add some creative details about where and who, he or she would eat an apple with.

Making Applesauce: We love warm, homemade applesauce at our house! After I peel, core, and cut the apples, my little boy has fun putting the apples in the crock pot, adding a little water and cinnamon.  He helps me mash and stir the apples as they begin to soften, too!

Talking about colors: While picking apples or at the store, it is fun to talk about how apples come in different colors.  It is also good to talk about other things that are those colors.  Green like the grass, celery, broccoli, and green is for go! Red like a cherry, tomato, strawberry, and red is for stop! Remember Max and Alphie like to use green and red to help with handwriting!

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