Making applesauce in the classroom is one of the easiest things to do! It fits perfectly into our apple unit and the kids get so excited about it! This is a super quick and easy recipe perfect for the classroom and only has 5 ingredients! Be prepared for the classroom to smell amazing!
We do this activity as part of our apple unit and our Cooking Class How To Make Applesauce. It is a fun way to incorporate many different learning standards. In this pack, the students are learning writing, sequencing, retelling, life skills and much more. It’s a great hands-on activity to get the students excited to learn.
Supplies you’ll need
measuring spoons and cups
knife for slicing the apples
paper bowls and plastic spoons for taste testing
This will make a good tasting amount for approx 15 students – double the recipe if you have a larger class
8 golden delicious apples (red apples will work too)
1 cup of water
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Making applesauce in the classroom
To make this classroom friendly, I prepare all but one or two of the apples at home. I peel and slice them so they are ready to go. Bring the last couple of apples so the students can see the process too of peeling and slicing the apples. Depending on your class level, you may choose to pick a couple of students to help demonstrate it to the class.
To make the applesauce, peel, and core. Cut the apples into fourths and place them in the crockpot. Have students measure and add the sugar, water, lemon, and cinnamon. Have another student stir the apples to combine everything.
Put the lid on the crockpot and cook the apples on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or until apples are very soft.
Allow them to cool slightly and then mash them with a wooden spoon. This will leave them somewhat chunky, but if you want a more smooth applesauce you can put them into a blender or use an immersion blender.
When the applesauce is cool enough, it’s time to taste test!
I made the recipe into a printable so you can send it home with your students to share with their families in case they want to make some applesauce at home too!
Click the green box below to download the free recipe printable.
And if you need a great read-aloud to go with making applesauce with your class, you have to check out Applesauce Day.
This is a fantastic book about a families tradition of making applesauce together each year. It takes you along through their entire day from picking the apples to making the applesauce and then heading home excited to do it all again next year. You can find out more and grab the FREE printable to go along with the book here.
I hope your students have fun with this hands-on learning experience!
See you next time!