How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World is one of my all-time favorite picture books. DD5 and I just finished rowing this book, our second FIAR book to date.
Here’s what we did…
- We read the book each day.
- She colored the story disk and we moved it around to a different featured country each day. At least that was the idea, but I confess we forgot the disk after the third day, so it never got further than Sri Lanka! We had a nice discussion about the different illustrations for the different countries. Lots of fun details to look for!
- She also colored a disk for the Indian Ocean.
- We played a little memory game and matched modes of transportation with the country they were used in. These printables are from a FIAR Fold & Learn, available free to subscribers of the FIAR blog.
She painted a street scene, just like in the book.
- We discussed the life cycle of an apple, using these cards.
- We made a batch of apple pie playdough. It smelled just like an apple pie!
- We did the salt water evaporation experiment from the manual.
- It took over a week for the water to evaporate, but she checked patiently every day. Finally, we were left with a lovely batch of crystals, which were fun to look at under the microscope.
- We played another memory game by matching ingredients to the country where they were found.
- We had many great discussions about food safety, travel, subtraction, and liquid and dry measures, to name a few. There are lots of little conversation starters in the manual.
- We had an apple tasting. We took a trip to the store and got a few Cortlands, Pink Ladies, Golden Delicious, and one other type that escapes my mind. She liked the Pink Lady best, I think because of the name:).
- And of course we baked an apple pie. Two actually, because one apple pie doesn’t go far in this house!
That was fun! Now we are onto Cranberry Thanksgiving.