Painting with Apples

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Today’s unplugged play idea involves playing with our food:  we’re going to paint with apples.

Supplies and materials

  • apples
  • clothes your child can get messy in and/or aprons
  • paint brushes
  • fabric paint and tees
  • OR use craft paint and heavy paper (recycled paper grocery bags would work) to make some apple designs
  • some newspapers to protect your works surface might be a good idea, too
  • corn on the cob stickers (we’ve discovered these help little hands when apple stamping)

Push a corn-sticker into an apple sliced in half and you’ve got your very own apple stamp, perfect for making prints. Slice it in half, there’s a pretty star.  Slice the apple length-wise, you’ve got an apple shaped stamp.

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Wanted: A Plethora of Apple Ideas for Autumn Days

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” as the saying goes.  Of course, at our house we eat apples more for their delicious taste than for health reasons.  Baked in a pie, sliced and dipped in peanut butter, or devoured fresh from the tree, apples are a kid (and grown up) favorite at the Fleck house.

There’s also apple fun to be had beyond eating them. We look forward to our annual trips to the local apple orchard each year.  Pulling the little red wagon around, gathering our favorite varieties, and enjoying some time at the orchard store are a part of the year’s rhythm we never miss.

We do a fair bit of crafting with apples, too – from apple stamped tee shirts using the actual fruit, to arts and crafts inspired by the apple.  It is a versatile, wonderful material to work with.

The Apple Star

Take an apple round and red
Don’t slice down
Slice through instead
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

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Come, follow us to … Piney Acres Indy With Kids VIP Family Night

Piney Acres Kids Play Area
One of my favorite resources for finding neat family things to do in our area is the blog Indy With Kids. One of my family’s favorite places in Fortville is Piney Acres. Put these two elements together? Fantastic family fun awaits!

Last night we loaded up the kids and Aunt Angela and we headed to the farm to experience an evening of activities and friendship.

Feeding goats at Piney Acres Farm in Fortville, IndianaIt was a perfect autumn evening and our family enjoyed our visit to Piney Acres (as we always do). This night farmer Rex and the crew had some fun planned that included a hayride, a corn maze, some singing around the campfire, and more as the farm welcomed families to enjoy the 73 acres of wide open space.

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A Simple Autumn: The Sights, Sounds, Smells, and Tastes of Fall

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Last week I mentioned I want my family  to experience this time of year, not just as dates on the calendar, but as an opportunity to use all of our senses to really savor the season.

I thought it would be fun to list some of the different ways we can experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes of Autumn with our kids.

sunflowers | a Simple Autumn | SimpleKids.net

What Does Autumn LOOK Like?

The hallmark of Autumn is the changing colors of the leaves, of course.  This provides opportunities to create leaf rubbings and other leaf related crafts. We can rake leaves together, which naturally leads to jumping in leaf piles!

Yesterday, we made a map of our backyard. The kids and I have been talking about the trees in our yard and what they look like now versus what they looked like a few short weeks ago.  We wonder what they will look like in the Winter time.

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Come follow, follow us to … the World’s Largest Roadside Attractions (South Eastern US)

Tea Cups | Walt Disney World | SimpleKids.net

The month of September was a month of travel for our family. We celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday at Walt Disney World (perfect for those eternally young, right?) While we were there, we took a dip (and a spin!) in our favorite large teacups. There’s a theme going on here, do you see it? That’s right, the Fleck family decided to GO BIG!

As we traveled to and from Orlando, Florida we thought it would be fun to make a field trip out of seeing some of the world’s largest roadside attractions. After all, we do live in the town that is home to the World’s Largest Pink Martini Drinking Elephant, so roadside attractions are kind of our favorite kitschy travel experience.

Bastille Day 2014 | Pinkky the Elephant | SimpleKids.netPinky, all dressed up and presiding over Indiana Bastille Day 2014

We used the Roadside America app and some tips from Simple Kids readers on the facebook page to help us navigate our BIG time adventures.

*Note: there were a few times when we could not locate the items the app directed us to (World’s Largest Rubber Duck and the Goldfish Cracker in Jacksonville, Florida, I’m looking at you) so just keep in mind that you may end up on a wild goose chase, but we have found that the journey is usually worth it, even if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for.

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