Fall flavors can add to crafts for children

The end of our local apple season is drawing near, and with it, an abundance of apples. At least for a good percentage of us, that is.

One can only make so many apple pies, and a family can only eat so many slices of apple pie.

If you’ve been reading our column since the beginning, the chances are very high that you read about our family tradition of, “Apple Sunday.”

Some years it has actually been, “Apple Saturday,” since getting together five-plus households can be tricky to do.

Every fall, we gather together with my side of the family to cut up apples and make as many apple pies as we can with the apples available, and really until no one can peel or roll crust out any more.

So at least from afternoon through dinner time for most of us.

It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when several people are working towards the same goal. Pie, in this case.

This event is filled with laughter and fun, and the cousins are of course just glad to do anything together.

Although we weren’t able to be present for the whole time this past Saturday, the busy apple pie workers kept at it, and by the end there were over 20 pies.

That’s a lot of pie!

After all of that, there are still more apples. Somehow, someway, we didn’t deplete our apple resources.

So if you’ve already baked pies, and apple crisp, made apple muffins and apple sauce, et cetera, et cetera, just like us! I have a couple more ideas for you.

This may be a memory of a craft done while in kindergarten, preschool, or even at home with your family.

Apples make excellent stamps for paint.

Potatoes do too, but we’re talking about apples and not potatoes, today.

An apple sliced in half can be used to make a pumpkin shape, or the obvious here, an apple shape.

With that, little ones can make their own little apple orchard or pumpkin patch.

From there, you can decorate the pumpkins with faces, googly eyes, the list goes on and on.

This is a great alternative for kids who may not be old enough to carve pumpkins yet, or for families who just don’t have time for the mess of carving a pumpkin.

Yes, I know this is considered to be one of the ‘musts’ of fall, but sometimes fall can be extremely busy.

You can even make a pumpkin family portrait if you like!

Hoping this inspires you to get messy with your own apples and paint, while spending some quality time with those little ones who will only be little ones for a short amount of time.

As always, thanks for reading, and happy fall crafting from hbk!

Katy Wise is a Fredonia resident.