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Apple Facts for Kids

Fall is the perfect time to talk about apples! Apples are often a staple in most kids diet, so why not take an opportunity to learn more about the fruit with a learning opportunity that’s perfect for apple season? With these interesting apple facts for kids and a few fun activities like apple picking and eating some apple cider donuts, you’ll be on your way to a fun and educational afternoon!

Why We Love Apples

Apples are one of the most consumed fruits in the world. It makes sense that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” because they have many impressive health benefits. Apples are a great source of fiber with approximately 4.5 grams of fiber in each juicy fruit.

They can also help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent heart disease. Apples contain vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C and potassium. Eating an apple a day can help lower cholesterol and there are so many different kinds of apples to choose from.

Did you know that there is a National Apple month? This fun event starts every year on October 1st. It’s a great time to talk about apples, study their life cycle, and do a few apple crafts.

The Science of the Apple

The apple tree is a deciduous tree that is native to Central Asia. The fruit of the apple tree, also known as the apple, is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree.

There are different varieties of apples with different colors including green, red, and yellow. The average size of an apple is about 3 inches in diameter.

The apple tree is believed to be the first fruit tree cultivated by humans and the apple is the first fruit mentioned in the Bible. The scientific name for the apple is Malus domestica.

There are nearly 2,500 varieties of apples that grow in the United States, and more than 7,500 different types of apples that grow worldwide. That’s a LOT of apples! 

Some of the most popular varieties include the Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith apples. Red apples tend to be more sweet while a green apple is great for anyone who loves a tangy, sour snack.

Apple Life Cycle

The apple life cycle starts with apple blossoms in the spring. The flowers are pollinated by bees and the apple tree produces a fruit that is ready to harvest in the fall.

Apples are picked by hand or by machine and then they are transported to storage facilities or directly to markets.

Apples have five separate seed pockets called carpels in each apple. You can see the carpels when you cut into them. The amount of apple seeds inside of each apple depends on the variety of apple and the health of the plant. Healthier plants will have more seeds inside of the fruit.

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Johnny Appleseed

You might start your journey of learning all about apples with the story of Johnny Appleseed. While the children’s story is largely fictional it is based on a real person Johnathan Chapman.

Apples have been grown in North America since the early 1600s. John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, was responsible for planting many of the first apple trees in the United States. He is credited with planting the first apple tree in Ohio.

John Chapman was an apple farmer and missionary who planted apple seeds in several different states in orchards, leaving them in the care of his friends, and coming back to check on them to see how they were doing. 

The book is a fun one to start your apple themed learning day and you can even follow up with some of these apple activities for kids!

Growing Apples

Dwarf apples trees are a great option for those who want to grow their own apples These types of apple trees don’t get as large as regular apple trees, so they are perfect for small yards or even for growing in pots on a porch or patio

Just like regular apple trees, dwarf varieties will need full sun and well draining soil. They should be watered regularly, and you will need to fertilize them every year.

Dwarf apple trees can produce a lot of fruit, just like regular sized apple trees. One tree can produce up to 20 pounds of apples!

Fun Apple Facts for Kids

Now that you know a little more about the history of apples, let’s move on to some apple facts for kids! You might even find them fascinating yourself. With apples being one of most kids first fruit, it’s an important food in their diet.

You might be surprised to learn that apples don’t just come in the traditional red, green, and yellow colors. Apples can actually have a range of different colorful skin including pink, purple, blue, and even black!

There are over 2,500 different kinds of apples grown around the world and each country has its own favorites. In the United States, the most popular variety of apple is the Red Delicious, followed by the Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Fuji.

  • Apples are a type of fruit that grow on trees.
  • The apple is originates from Central Asia.
  • The apple tree is the most widely grown tree fruit in the world.
  • There are more than 7,500 different types or varieties of apples.
  • An apple tree can grow as tall as 30 feet.
  • Apples are a healthy snack filled with vitamin C.
  • The average apple tree lives around 50 years, but some apple trees have been known to live up to 100 years!
  • Apples are a member of the rose family, along with peaches, plums, cherries, and pears. 
  • There are nearly 2,500 varieties of apples that grow in the United States, and more than 7,500 different types of apples that grow worldwide. That’s a LOT of apples! 
  • It takes 35-40 apples to make one gallon of apple cider. Apple cider is a delicious treat, but that is a staggering amount of apples for one gallon’s worth! 
  • Have you ever wondered why apples float, making them perfect for a game of apple bobbing? It’s because apples are about 25% air, which makes them float! 
  • Apple trees are four to five years old before they start producing fruit. 
  • Apple trees are typically grown in apple orchards, but you can grow an apple tree in your yard at home. 
  • Apples to stay crisp and last longer put them in the refrigerator. They also taste yummier than eating them at room temperature.
  • A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds and makes about 10-12 quarts of applesauce.
  • The largest apple ever grown weighed four pounds and one ounce!
  • An average size apple is about three inches wide.
  • The states of Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania produce the most apples in the North America continent.
  • Apple juice and apple cider are made from apples that are pressed until the juice is extracted. 
  • It takes about three whole apples to make one cup of apple juice. 

These are just a few fun facts for kids that you can use as part of a lesson all about apples. You could also have your kids explore and see if they can come up with some more interesting apple facts! 

Ways to Enjoy Apples

Some may say that the best way to use apples is to make a delicious apple pie. But there are so many yummy things you can make with apples! Apple crumble, apple fritters, applesauce, and even just a simple grilled cheese with sliced apples are all great options to make with dessert apples like the Golden Delicious.

You can also enjoy apples in a healthy way by simply slicing them up and adding them to your breakfast oatmeal or yogurt. And of course, they make a great on the go snack when you’re feeling peckish.

One of the most popular ways to enjoy apples is in a refreshing glass of apple cider. This beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold and is usually made with pressed apples, water, and sugar.

Some people also like to add cinnamon or other spices to their apple cider for an extra special treat. Did you know there are actually cider apples that are specifically grown for making cider? These apples are usually tarter than the apples you would eat as a snack.

Apple Activities

If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, why not try making your own apple cider vinegar? This project is easy and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have at home. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any apples that are starting to go bad.

Another fun activity is to go apple picking! This is a great activity for the whole family. Not only will you get some fresh air and exercise, but you’ll also get to take home a big bag of apples that you can use to make all sorts of delicious treats.

Download this free apple craft and use the seeds of an apple for a hands-on craft.

 
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If you want to learn even more about apples, you can check out these apple picking themed printable worksheets. These are great for kids who are learning to write and count.

This apple life cycle activity set helps teach young learners about the different parts of an apple, the many different varieties of apples, and how they grow.

Apples are an important food and a great theme for fall for preschoolers, pre-k and kindergartners. With so many fun apple facts and ways to celebrate the different apple varieties, the fruit trees and yummy fruit that comes from them are perfect to learn about in the classroom or at home.

More Printable Apple Activities

Apple Picking Activities Packet

Apple Activities Unit

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