The Little Book of All Through the Year

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3-5 years


Autumn, Food

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Apple Crisps

A seasonal idea for autumn

by Lorraine Frankish

During the Autumn, you may be offered apples by parents or others in the community who have plenty! Apple Crisps are chewy and sweet and are good to make with gifts or apples from shops or farm shops.

What you need

  • 4 eating apples

  • margarine or oil for greasing trays

  • chopping board

  • vegetable knives suitable for children

  • 2 baking trays

  • oven gloves

What you do

  1. Look closely at the apples, their similarities and differences. Look at shape, size, colour and texture of the skin.

  2. Go through the recipe together and look at the equipment.

  3. Look at the apple corer and talk about how it works.

  4. Get the children to wash the apples thoroughly.

  5. Put an apple on the chopping board and help the children push the corer down through the apple on to the board.

  6. Look at the cores and notice the pips inside (these are fun to plant and watch to see if they sprout).

  7. Slice the cored apples in half (to make them easier to slice).

  8. Place the flat side down on the board and slice the apple. Help those children who need it.

  9. Put a thin layer of oil on the baking trays to stop the apples sticking.

  10. Arrange the apple slices in a single layer on the trays.

  11. Bake in the top of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

  12. Remove from the oven and leave the apples to cool and become crispy.

  13. Eat by themselves or with natural yoghurt.

Ready for more?

  • Apple printing is an old favourite, remember to cut the apples from top to bottom and also around the circumference to create different patterns.

  • Set up an interest table with different varieties of apples. Talk about the differences, such as shape, weight, size, colour, texture and taste.

  • Visit a local orchard or a garden to see apples growing on the tree.


  • apples

  • peel

  • core

  • corer

  • pips

  • sweet

  • taste

  • crunchy

  • soft

  • raw

  • cooked

  • grow

Where to go next: Baked Pumpkin
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