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Fall Treats

I’m so excited to be part of  a blog-hop series incorporating Montessori into the upcoming holiday season!  This 15 day event will give you some great ideas and I look forward to reading something new everyday from these fantastic bloggers.  Check out  Montessori Bloggers Network to see all the posts in this series and get some great ideas and inspiration!

Finding a snack for your little ones that is healthy, easy to make, tastes good, and uses multiple senses can feel like searching for a unicorn…blindfolded.  Well I think I found the unicorn!  This apple chip recipe is a delicious snack and becomes an edible garland for your winged/furry friends outside.  I hope you have as much fun as we did making both the snack and the craft!

Ingredients/Materials:

  • 4 large apples (we used red delicious)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • parchment paper
  • blunt craft needle
  • yarn
  • 1 cup Cheerios
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

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After preheating the oven to 200 degrees, we washed and dried the apples, set them aside and mixed together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.  Normally my  three-year old daughter does most of the cutting/chopping when we cook , but because the apples needed to be extremely thin in order to crisp up in the oven, I did the slicing and she placed them on the parchment-lined baking sheets.  If I cut one too thick, she gladly kept it for herself!  We kept half of the apples plain for the garland and sprinkled the cinnamon and sugar mixture on the remaining apples for our chips!  My daughter loved scooping the mixture in her fingers and carefully putting just enough on each apple (a few ended up with some extra sweetness).  Cinnamon and sugar in a bowl smells, tastes, looks, and feels wonderful, so expect some sensorial exploration with the grainy mixture!

I put the apples in the oven and set the timer for 2 hours so I could flip them half way through.  I checked them occasionally and  took out apples with curled edges that felt dry to the touch. Total cook time ranged from 2.5 hours to 4 hours depending on thickness of the slice.  An added bonus of this project: my house smelled amazing all morning!

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Once the apple chips finished crisping, we tasted ours (SO delicious) and put the plain apples  in a bowl along with some Cheerios and cranberries.  I tied a cranberry to one end  of the yarn and a craft needle to the other.  My daughter opted for a shorter garland, but you can cut your desired length.  Ongoing projects are sometimes the most fun, so don’t feel pressure to complete this in one day.  I gave her a quick lesson on how to string each item and watched her work (while I snacked on our chips).

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We hung the finished garland outside for the squirrels and birds to enjoy, but you could also put it on your Christmas tree or mantel  inside for a natural looking and sweet-smelling addition to your holiday decorations.  The apple chips were a huge hit with the entire family, so I stored them in an airtight container to keep them nice and crisp for happy snacking!

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Next up on the Blog Hop, Mama’s Happy Hive, shares  8 Montessori Inspired Christmas Activities.  After reading her post, be sure to check out all the other participating blogs listed below and happy reading!

The Montessori Notebook,  Creating holiday rituals with your children

 Montessori by Mom,  How to Make a Montessori Inspired Christmas Activity

When Hippos Talk,  Alphabet and Number Christmas Tree

 Little Fingers at Work,  Montessori Inspired Diwali Activites for Toddlers

Magical Movement Company,   Artfully Outdoorsy Montessori: Planting Bulbs! A Lovely Way to Celebrate the Seas

 Christian Montessori Network,  Montessori Practical Life for the Holidays

Welcome to Mommyhood,  St Nicholas Day

Our Montessori Home, Planning a Less-Stress Holiday Season

I Believe in Montessori, Handmade Holiday Gifts for Montessori Grown Ups

Living Montessori NowMontessori Christmas Tree Decorating Activity

The Kavanaugh Report, Christmas Sensory Matching for Toddlers

Age of Montessori,  Gorgeous Gourds and Gratitude

Montessori Nature, Montessori Inspired DIY Christmas ornaments 

The Natural Homeschool,  Montessori-Inspired Homemade Gift Tags

At Kid Level,  Holiday Picture Book Play

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12 thoughts on “Fall Treats

  1. Carolyn Lucento says:

    This just turns out to be the most beautiful garland ever and your idea to hang it outside for a darling edible garland for the creatures in the Outdoor Classroom is wonderful in so many ways. Thanks for a delightful, healthy and nature-based project for celebrating the holidays.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Those crisp dried apples look so yummy! Then using them as a practical life threading activity for a garland is a fantastic idea. We need to try this in our home. :)

  3. Katherine says:

    Wow! Your garland looks very yummy! I love such kind of things! It looks very natural. I would try it this year. And will make one more for outside, birds would be happy!

  4. Kim says:

    These are such beautiful decorations! Personally, I like to stay away from the glitzy, tinselly stuff and keep things natural, simple, and home made – I’ll definitely be trying this :) Thank you!

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