Autumn is really an incredible season. From the falling leaves to football, the chill in the air to warm cider—it’s the perfect time of year for family fun. It’s also the ideal time to for apple picking. Why should you? Scholastic says, “When a child is out in nature, all the senses get activated. He is immersed in something bigger than himself, rather than focusing narrowly on one thing, such as a computer screen. He’s seeing, hearing, touching, even tasting.”
As it turns out, apple picking is not just a nostalgic, fun activity, it’s also a great learning tool that can teach your kids about nature and science as well as themselves. Here are 15 lessons your kid can learn just from picking apples. Get yourself to an orchard for some fall fun yourself!
1. Variety is the Spice of Life
While apple picking, your children are able to examine the different varieties of apples grown at the orchard you visit. They can compare size, shape, color and smell and you can reward their efforts with a taste test when you’re done. Your kids can write down their observations and make a note of what they liked best and what they didn’t prefer about each type of apple.