Today we started our "in-home" preschool. We are just going through the alphabet and today happened to be the letter "A". Nothing says "autumn" to me like applesauce so I had the 7 kids help me make applesauce. We talked about how the fruit would get soft as it cooked. We also talked about how leaving some of the pretty pink skin on the apples would turn the applesauce pink. Fortunately for me we had 7 ingredients to put in so everyone got to dump something into the pan. We all had a turn mashing it, which I think the kids liked best and then we tasted it. I thought it turned out nicely and almost everyone ate their bowl full.
We also painted some apple trees. Sometimes it is hard for me to just let go and let the kids be creative, but if I really lower my expectations (say to a 3 year old level) I am pleasantly surprised.