Everyone, including Clifford, must work as a team to put on this year's Fall Carnival, but it doesn't seem fair that Jetta is more of a "boss" than a team player. Jetta learns the importance of doing your part as part of a team.

Clifford's Big Idea: Work TogetherClifford's Big Idea: Work Together

These activities use familiar objects—apples—to promote

  • science insights
  • discovery experiences

From Apples to Applesauce: Change FormFrom Apples to Applesauce: Changing Form

Making applesauce is an easy activity that can reinforce

  • understanding sequence
  • language skills
  • the social skill of taking turns

You will need apples, a large pot, water, cinnamon (if desired), an electric burner, and a potato masher. Throughout the process, ask questions about what you are doing. For example, ask

  • Where do apples come from?
  • How would the applesauce be different if I left the skin on the apples?
  • Why is it easier for me to remove the seeds after I cut the apples in quarters?

Peel, quarter, and seed several apples. While you're peeling, pass around tasting pieces and use an apple that is cut in half with the seeds exposed to point out the parts of an apple.

Place the prepared apples in a large pot. Cover with water. Cook the apples until soft and mushy. Then have the child mash the apples. Eat and enjoy!

With a Group:
You will need plenty of apples. Have the children take turns mashing the apples.

Apple ObservationsApple Observations

Cut one or two apples in half and put them where they can remain undisturbed. Over the course of several days, allow them to brown, dry out, and shrivel. Have the child observe them each day and describe how the apples look, feel, and smell.

For Older ChildrenFor Older Children

With a Group:
Present a variety of apples from various regions of the United States. Give each child a map of the United States to mark the regions and add drawings of the apples that come from each region.

Conduct a taste test of the apples. Have each child jot notes about the flavor and texture of each apple. Then combine the children's observations in a bulletin board display of a Gourmet's Guide to Apples.

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