Munch has been so excited for A day because it's the next letter in her name that she hasn't yet mastered writing. After making the upper case A with wood pieces, we practiced writing it-(the ones on the left are my demonstrations)
Next we made a collage of things that start with A's sound- (those are little fingerprint ants)
Next came apple printing. Munch always likes to bring the paints out-
We moved on to our cooking project- homemade applesauce- and Munch got to wash and slice the apples up.
Ready for the stove (by the way, it smells amazing as it cooks!)
While we wait for the applesauce to cook, Munch tried a new snack- apricots!
I never knew it was so easy to make applesauce at home, but really if you can make mashed potatoes, you can make applesauce- it's the same technique. AudioDad loves it and a batch is usually gone in a day. These quantities make about 2 cups, but you can increase it as much as you want.
3 apples (I use Granny smith, they cook up well)
1/3- 1/2 c. water
1/4- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. sugar
Peel, core, and slice up the apples into chunks. Add the apples to a saucepan with the water, cinnamon, and sugar. Cook over med-high heat for about 20 minutes or until apples are soft. Mash with a potato masher, and continue to cook (lower heat if needed) until liquids reduce and texture is how you prefer it. Add additional sugar or cinnamon to taste. Cool and serve.