My parents live in Wiltshire, surrounded by fruit trees in their garden. So this half term, while we were visiting, we collected lots of apples from the trees and fallen ones from the garden all hidden amongst the leaves , nestled in the flower beds. I have always wanted to make apple crisps but have never thought about it until recently when I find my boys are after endless snacks, which not only can tend to lead down the more unhealthy route at times!!! but also can be quite expensive too!!!! so this seems like the perfect option – a healthy, inexpensive way to feed those little rumbling tummies, with little or no waste!!!!

what you need…

  • apples
  • icing sugar
  • knife
  • baking tray
  • greaseproof paper
  • sieve

what to do…

  1. preheat oven to 180c
  2. collect some apples, as many as you like
  3. line the baking tray with greaseproof paper
  4. wash the apples thoroughly and then slice horizontally very thinly into rounds (adult will need to do this)
  5. pass the apple rounds to the kiddies to pick out the pips and place on top of the greaseproof paper
  6. dust with icing sugar
  7. place in oven for about an hour, then remove an place of wire rack and leave to crispen
  8. enjoy as a healthy snack, yummy!!!

into a little dream adventure…

  • lots of fun activities to be found as an extension of this baking activity, maybe explore other fruit and veg that would be tasty baked and eaten as healthy crisps
  • counting out the apples, how many apples do you have? writing out sums, using the apples to assist in the quantity
  • looking at different fruits and recognising their various shapes, tastes, colours, countries of origin
  • using the apples creatively, by instigating a simple printing activity with paint. Cut the apple in half and press into a plate of paint, see what shape it recreates. Using a whole rage of fruit and vegetables to re create lovely printing collages
  • playing the game ‘i went to the supermarket and brought a….’ going round a group of children, with each child needing to remember what the children before them had brought and adding their own. To make this a little harder, you can go in alphabetical order!!!