I love celebrating apples with my students during the month of September because Johnny Appleseed’s birthday is on the 26th.
One of the brave things I chose to do this month with my preschool class was to make homemade applesauce in the crock pot.
It was kind of hectic and the end result probably had Hepatitis A, B, and C in it, but the kids had SO much fun.
And that makes all the chaos worth it!
Here is what you will need -
A large crockpot
8-10 apples (we used Golden Delicious), peeled and chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
What we did -
Every morning when my students walk in the classroom we have Table Time.
I knew that the applesauce needed several hours to cook, so I had all the ingredients set out on the table when they arrived.
I put a trashcan next to the table and began peeling the apples in front of the children (I would NOT recommend letting a preschooler use a peeler).
So that the children stayed involved, I asked them to peel the stickers off the apples, wash the apples in our sink, and help pick up any peels that missed the trashcan (I may have ‘accidentally’ missed the garbage more than I actually got the peels in – lol!).
Next, I showed the kids how an apple corer works.
They were completely fascinated (I think I went ahead and peeled an extra apple at this point because I did not take into account what hungry vultures my students could become at the site of neatly sliced apples).
Then we dumped the apples in the crock pot.
I opened the cinnamon and let the children each get a chance to smell this comforting spice.
We measured 1/4 tsp and one student sprinkled it in.
We did this with the brown sugar and water as well.
Then we covered the crock pot and I set it in a safe spot on HIGH.
One of the best things about making applesauce is how lovely it makes your room smell, which is always an added bonus when working with 2 year olds and one has a bad poop.
The applesauce smell kind of cancels out that sewage smell.
Around noon, I opened the lid and spent a few minutes stirring and mashing the apples.
Then I spooned a small portion in little bowls for each of my students.
Be prepared that your preschooler might bypass the spoon and just go for it – possibly even head first.
It was a hit!
I’m glad I took the risk and did this with my preschoolers.
I’m also glad I fed it to them right before they went home so that I didn’t have to deal with the aftermath of a 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
Happy Homemade Applesauce-ing!