Following kind donations of various home grown fruits, from the families of several children for our baking at nursery, the children were able to go and pick their own apples as part of our celebration of British Food Fortnight http://www.lovebritishfood.co.uk/british-food-fortnight/14-things-you-can-do-during-british-food-fortnight
A large group of 2, 3 and 4 year olds walked to the court garden to see different varieties of apple growing and to pick some themselves.
With the help of the experts, gardeners Leigh and Tom, they picked, eating apples to take home (there are still lots in a basket by the door, please help yourselves! - we also hope to juice some of these) and cooking apples too.
Baking apple crumble means they have now tried crumbles in three very different varieties, plum and rhubarb being the other two!
As well as linking in nicely with British Food Fortnight, all this baking is making for an ever growing recipe book! http://www.overburyenterprises.co.uk/2015/08/grasshoppers-special-recipe-book/
This week more of the cooking apples have been used to make mince meat. The older children have been using all of their senses to explore the ingredients and the youngest children will also be involved, using the ingredients in their messy play sensory exploration in the coming weeks.
The mince meat production is an ongoing project. There will be lots more to do, and lots more learning to be gained in all areas of the curriculum, before the finished product is ready to be taken home at Christmas time!
......it all started with the apples!