Ten Popular Apple Activities for Fall

Ten Favorite Fall Theme Apple Activities for the Whole Family

Ten Favorite Fall Theme Apple Activities for the Whole Family

We love Fall because it’s the perfect time to take advantage of delicious, organic apples. Here are some of our favorite apple-themed recipes, activities, games and crafts for you and your family to enjoy this Fall season!

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce
Children will have so much fun seeing exactly what steps go into making one of their favorite snacks!

Apple Treats

Healthy Apple Treats
Apple slices are much more exciting when they’re shaped into fun shapes. Kids love this tasty yogurt dip too!

Apple Sandwiches

Apple Sandwiches
Boring sandwiches be gone! Try this yummy and toddler approved twist on the regular sandwich. Image c/o Whole Foods.

Paper Plate Apples

Paper Plate Apples
Try making different apple shapes from paper plates, You can make red apples, green apples, apple cores…the possibilities are endless.

Apple Themed Sensory Bin

Apple-Themed Sensory Bin
This is one of the most detailed and fun sensory bins we’ve seen. It’s a toddler favorite!

Apple PIllow Craft

Apple Pillows
Make these apple pillows out of paper grocery bags for a fruity fall decoration or even use in an apple toss game.

Apple Bean Bag Toss Game Board

Apple Toss Board
Make an easy corn hole board from a presentation board from any office supply store.

Apple Seed Star Counting Game

Apple Seed Stars
Use paper apples and real apple seeds to replicate the star pattern found inside of apples. Create fall decor or even practice your child’s counting skills.

Baked Apple Chips

Baked Apple Chips
The perfect Fall treat! No added sugar, great apple flavor and fun ring shapes, what more could you ask for?

Spiral Apple Bread with Carmel Apple Glaze

Spiral Apple Bread with Carmel Apple Glaze
On the opposite side of the spectrum, this decadent treat makes a great Fall dessert that the whole family will enjoy.

Quick, Easy and Healthy Breakfasts

Are you finding it hard to make your kids a healthy breakfast in the morning? With the getting ready for school rush, somethings get bumped back on the priority scale. Grabbing a breakfast bar to eat in the car on the way to school, just isn’t going to cut it! So we’ve gathered a few of our favorite quick, easy and healthy breakfast recipes to help you stay on schedule on hectic school-day mornings!

Kiwi Crate Egg Funny Faces
Egg Funny Faces
A great way to involve your children in the kitchen. Making healthy food choices and learning about food will benefit them in so many ways. This egg dish is such a great one to do on a Sunday and have an easy healthy breakfast ready to go all week.

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No-Cook Oatmeal
My children love to help me cook, so no-cook recipes are wonderful when I can find a good one that they love too. This oatmeal is so easy to prepare and to have ready to go all week for those hectic mornings. A bonus is that they have fun preparing it and eating it; healthy choices start now!

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Breakfast Banana Pops
Bananas, oats and yogurt make this a healthy and FUN way to eat your oatmeal in the mornings. Kids will love making and eating these banana pops!

Kiwi-Crate-Fruit-Yogurt-ParfaitFruit and Yogurt Parfait
Parfaits aren’t just for dessert anymore! Picky eaters will enjoy the option of adding their favorite fruits to their morning meal.
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Egg in Clouds
This easy egg recipe looks like the sun sitting in a bed of clouds. Kids will have fun using their imagination with this creative way to eat your eggs in the morning!

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Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

Forgot about your old, tired bowl of oatmeal! Quinoa, a super grain has so many good nutrients for your growing little ones.

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Apple Cider Pancakes
The name says it all! This is a great recipe for fall. You and your kids will love the taste of apple cider in your breakfast.

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Wholesome Breakfast Crepes
Sometimes you just need something fabulous for breakfast. Crepes with favorite trimmings–cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, favorite jam, berries (and maybe even some from the garden!)–They’ll become a family favorite!

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Egg In the Hole
Use differently shaped cookie cutters to kick your typical egg and toast breakfast up a notch!

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Breakfast Burritos
Anything wrapped up like a burrito is more fun and appeal to kids, wouldn’t you agree? Have them choose their ingredients and they can help you wrap up these easy-to-transport healthy handfuls.

 

 

Sneak Peek: Introducing September’s Theme!

September is the first month in our new Time Traveler series! The theme this month is Castles + Catapults. We hope these historical themed projects will inspire children to learn more about the exciting medieval age and the renaissance era! Your child will learn all about family crests and what life was like for people living in medieval castles and villages. They’ll even experiment making their own colorful paints from fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi Crate Castles and Catapults

The first project you’ll design and construct your own castle. Then customize it with felt and stickers. You can even decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

In the second project you can build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Feel free to experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

Extend the fun with the explore! magazine, where you can learn all about the Middle Ages, the time of castles, kings and brave knights. Follow along with Steve while he defends a castle and learn how to draw your own castle. You’ll find directions on how to make your own royal crown, stained glass and your customized family crest, just to name a few.

 

Kiwi Crate Library
Read even more about the dragons, castles, knights and kings these popular books:

The Knight and the Dragon
by Tomie dePaola
Ages 4+
A funny book that follows the problems with, and eventual alternatives
to, a fight between a shy dragon and an unprepared knight.

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson
by Kenneth Kraegel

Ages 4+
Well-crafted and engaging, this tales uses detailed illustrations
and enjoyable storytelling to share a young boy’s search for adventure.

King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

Jane and the Dragon
by Martin BayntonAges 4+
A courageous story about a young girl who wants to be
a brave knight, despite mockery from her family and friends.

Jane and the Dragon by Martin Baynton

Sneak Peek: Introducing September’s Theme!

September is the first month in our new Time Traveler series! The theme this month is Castles + Catapults. We hope these historical themed projects will inspire children to learn more about the exciting medieval age and the renaissance era! Your child will learn all about family crests and what life was like for people living in medieval castles and villages. They’ll even experiment making their own colorful paints from fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi Crate Castles and Catapults

The first project you’ll design and construct your own castle. Then customize it with felt and stickers. You can even decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

In the second project you can build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Feel free to experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

Kiwi Crate Build Your Own Castle

Extend the fun with the explore! magazine, where you can learn all about the Middle Ages, the time of castles, kings and brave knights. Follow along with Steve while he defends a castle and learn how to draw your own castle. You’ll find directions on how to make your own royal crown, stained glass and your customized family crest, just to name a few.

 

Kiwi Crate Library
Read even more about the dragons, castles, knights and kings these popular books:

The Knight and the Dragon
by Tomie dePaola
Ages 4+
A funny book that follows the problems with, and eventual alternatives
to, a fight between a shy dragon and an unprepared knight.

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson
by Kenneth Kraegel

Ages 4+
Well-crafted and engaging, this tales uses detailed illustrations
and enjoyable storytelling to share a young boy’s search for adventure.

King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel

Jane and the Dragon
by Martin BayntonAges 4+
A courageous story about a young girl who wants to be
a brave knight, despite mockery from her family and friends.

Jane and the Dragon by Martin Baynton

Introducing our Time Traveler Series!

Are your kids back in school yet? The beginning of the school year brings: new classes, new friends and new things to learn. And we’re introducing our newest 3-part crate theme, the Time Traveler series, to correspond with the beginning of the school year. We’ve developed three really interactive and creative themes all centered around traveling back in time. Our crates will be perfect for weekends or after-school family time, and are a great way to encourage learning at home. Your kids will learn all about about past eras and ways of life.

Here’s a little sneak peek :

Hurry, these crates won’t last forever. Join by August 30th to reserve yours today!
Receive a FREE gift with purchase (while supplies last!) — and as always, our subscription crates ship free! Start now >>

 

SEPTEMBER: CASTLES + CATAPULTS
Learn about family crests and what life was like for people in medieval castles and villages. Experiment making your own colorful paints using fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Castles-Catapults

My Medieval Castle
Design and construct your own castle.  Then customize it with felt and stickers. Decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

My Launching Catapult
Build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

 

OCTOBER: WILD WEST
Learn about different jobs people had in the Wild West, including the adventurous life of a cowboy and his cows, and how to turn an old necktie into a fun, rattling, rattlesnake.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Wild-West

My Hobby Horse
Make your own stuffed hobby horse. Ride your horse and go on a wild west adventure.

My Cattle Roundup
Make and decorate your own cattle bean bags. Then help Steve wrangle them with a fun bean bag toss game.

 

NOVEMBER: DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
Explore the world of dinosaurs and learn how paleontologists discover dinosaur bones. Learn how to make dinosaur fossils you can dig up yourself!

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My Dinosaur Fossils
Arrange dinosaur bones into different dinosaur skeletons. Then use clay to make your own dinosaur fossils.

My Dinosaur Dress-Up
Use colorful felt to make your own dinosaur visor and feet. Practice stomping around like a dinosaur or play a game of dinosaur tag.

Introducing our Time Traveler Series!

Are your kids back in school yet? The beginning of the school year brings: new classes, new friends and new things to learn. And we’re introducing our newest 3-part crate theme, the Time Traveler series, to correspond with the beginning of the school year. We’ve developed three really interactive and creative themes all centered around traveling back in time. Our crates will be perfect for weekends or after-school family time, and are a great way to encourage learning at home. Your kids will learn all about about past eras and ways of life.

Here’s a little sneak peek :

Hurry, these crates won’t last forever. Join by August 30th to reserve yours today!
Receive a FREE gift with purchase (while supplies last!) — and as always, our subscription crates ship free! Start now >>

 

SEPTEMBER: CASTLES + CATAPULTS
Learn about family crests and what life was like for people in medieval castles and villages. Experiment making your own colorful paints using fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Castles-Catapults

My Medieval Castle
Design and construct your own castle.  Then customize it with felt and stickers. Decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

My Launching Catapult
Build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

 

OCTOBER: WILD WEST
Learn about different jobs people had in the Wild West, including the adventurous life of a cowboy and his cows, and how to turn an old necktie into a fun, rattling, rattlesnake.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Wild-West

My Hobby Horse
Make your own stuffed hobby horse. Ride your horse and go on a wild west adventure.

My Cattle Roundup
Make and decorate your own cattle bean bags. Then help Steve wrangle them with a fun bean bag toss game.

 

NOVEMBER: DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
Explore the world of dinosaurs and learn how paleontologists discover dinosaur bones. Learn how to make dinosaur fossils you can dig up yourself!

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Dinosaurs

My Dinosaur Fossils
Arrange dinosaur bones into different dinosaur skeletons. Then use clay to make your own dinosaur fossils.

My Dinosaur Dress-Up
Use colorful felt to make your own dinosaur visor and feet. Practice stomping around like a dinosaur or play a game of dinosaur tag.

Introducing our Time Traveler Series!

Are your kids back in school yet? The beginning of the school year brings: new classes, new friends and new things to learn. And we’re introducing our newest 3-part crate theme, the Time Traveler series, to correspond with the beginning of the school year. We’ve developed three really interactive and creative themes all centered around traveling back in time. Our crates will be perfect for weekends or after-school family time, and are a great way to encourage learning at home. Your kids will learn all about about past eras and ways of life.

Here’s a little sneak peek :

Hurry, these crates won’t last forever. Join by August 30th to reserve yours today!
Receive a FREE gift with purchase (while supplies last!) — and as always, our subscription crates ship free! Start now >>

 

SEPTEMBER: CASTLES + CATAPULTS
Learn about family crests and what life was like for people in medieval castles and villages. Experiment making your own colorful paints using fruits and vegetables.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Castles-Catapults

My Medieval Castle
Design and construct your own castle.  Then customize it with felt and stickers. Decorate your castle characters and go on an adventure!

My Launching Catapult
Build your own catapult and test your aim with a target! Experiment with the angle of your catapult to make it fire higher or farther.

 

OCTOBER: WILD WEST
Learn about different jobs people had in the Wild West, including the adventurous life of a cowboy and his cows, and how to turn an old necktie into a fun, rattling, rattlesnake.

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Wild-West

My Hobby Horse
Make your own stuffed hobby horse. Ride your horse and go on a wild west adventure.

My Cattle Roundup
Make and decorate your own cattle bean bags. Then help Steve wrangle them with a fun bean bag toss game.

 

NOVEMBER: DISCOVERING DINOSAURS
Explore the world of dinosaurs and learn how paleontologists discover dinosaur bones. Learn how to make dinosaur fossils you can dig up yourself!

Kiwi-Crate-Time-Traveler-Series-Dinosaurs

My Dinosaur Fossils
Arrange dinosaur bones into different dinosaur skeletons. Then use clay to make your own dinosaur fossils.

My Dinosaur Dress-Up
Use colorful felt to make your own dinosaur visor and feet. Practice stomping around like a dinosaur or play a game of dinosaur tag.

Free Back to School Printables

Free Back to School Kiwi Crate Printables

Enter to win a $300 Kiwi Crate party pack in the “After-School Cool” sweepstakes with VolunteerSpot! Click here for a chance to win! It’s easy!

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Still not quite organized for back to school? Getting back into the routine of things can be a little daunting, but we’ve made things a little easier on you by creating these easy to use printables! Now you can find all of our helpful Back to School printables all in one place for easy reference.

Kiwi Crate Weekly Schedule Printable

Peek at the Week Schedule
This little one page schedule with help your kids (and you!) keep things on track for the school week ahead. Download it and enjoy!

Kiwi Crate Back to School Name Labels

Back to School Printable Name Labels
Now that you’ve gathered school supplies, notebook, backpack, and so on…it’s time to label them. We’ve provided you with 8 kiwi labels to make sure your little one comes home with everything, right down to the last pencil! These are great for keeping track of things inside your house, too (and for name-writing practice).

Kiwi Crate Morning and Evening Routine Printable

Morning and Bedtime Routine Printables
We created these printable morning and bedtime routines to help kids get out the door to school and daycare…and help wind down for a good night’s sleep. Print them out for every day of the week–or do what we do: drop them in a plastic page protector and let kids cross out the steps in dry-erase marker.

Kiwi Crate 5 days of Lunches

5 day School Lunch Menu
Want an easy 5-day school lunch plan? Here you go! Courtesy of our friends at MOMables, it features 5 days of easy, healthy, prep-ahead school lunches, along with recipes and a shopping list! (Each recipe includes gluten-free options.)

Kiwi Crate Back to School Lunch Love Notes

Lunch Love Notes
Finding a special note tucked under a sandwich or apple can prove a sweet surprise, especially for a child who’s suffering first-day jitters.

Kiwi Crate Printable Story Cards

Printable Story Cards
Looking for a fun way to fuel your kids’ creativity and communication skills? These 30 story starters will stretch their imaginations and help them spin yarns worth weaving!

Kiwi Crate Draw Your Day Printable Placemats

Draw Your Day Printable Placemats
Weekday dinners can be tough. Have your children help out with dinner by setting the table. They’ll be much more excited about it if they can create their own placemat!

Kiwi Crate Printable Calendar

Kiwi Crate Desk Calendar Printable
Give your kids their own personal calendar so they can keep track of the week. Helpful for any young student’s desk at home.

 

 

Bring the Fun Back to School

Here are some great Back to School crafts and ideas that we couldn’t help sharing with you. From cupcakes to shrinky dinks, there’s a little something for everyone. Let’s get ready for school time, shall we?

Craft Stick Pencil Holder

Popsicle Stick Pencil Holder

Making this adorable pencil and pen holder is simple and so easy to customize. Use your kids favorite colors and decorate it with ribbons, stickers or drawing. Adding your child’s name would also be a great idea!

Chalkboard Name Photo Session

This preschool photo session was just too cute to resist. Photographer Ashlee Raubach capture each personality so well. What a great idea to do with your own kids on their first day of school each year.

Combination Lock Bracelet

Combination Lock Bracelet

Help your kids remember their locker or bike lock combination with this useful beaded bracelet. Great to accessorize with at the beginning of the school year and they can just take it off once they have their lock memorized.

Back to School Cupcakes

Oh a good cupcake is so hard to resist! And these back to school themed goodies are extra hard to resist because they’re just too cute. What a fun idea! Why not have fun with back to school time with these celebratory cupcakes from Dukes and Duchesses blog.

Fun Pencil Toppers

Fun Pencil Toppers

So easy and fun, all you need are a couple of cute foam stickers, some pipe cleaners and your pencil. The perfect way to customize your pencils! And I’m sure kids will be a little more motivated on keeping track of their pencils this way!

Peek at the Week Schedule

This little one page schedule with help your kids (and you!) keep things on track for the school week ahead. Download it and enjoy!

Fancy Pencils

Fancy Pencils

Just a quick wrap of some colorful washi tape and you have some unique and dressed up pencils ready and waiting for school time! Different colors and patterns make pencils much for fun to use than your standard school yellow version, don’t you think?

Morning and Bedtime Routine Printables

We created these adorable morning and bedtime routine to-do lists to help streamline your mornings and evenings during the school week. Hopefully this will help out during those accidental sleep-ins!

Shrinky Dink Backpack Tag

Shrinky Dink Backpack Tag

Have your kids make their own backpack and bag tags. Such a great way to dress up the standard backpack or lunch box. They can use their whole name or just their initials and add fun colors and their favorite designs.

Classroom or Naptime Keepsake

Classroom or Naptime Keepsake

Give your children a custom made piece of home to bring to school with them. Making this keepsake together will make it even more meaningful. Kids will find comfort during the school day with their homemade “lovey”.

Enriching Activities for Back to School

Ready? Set. Back to School!

Well maybe, not quite yet. But the first day of school is right around the corner! Give your kids a head start with these 10 fun and creative ways to learn!

Paper Chain Countdown

Paper Chain Countdown

Build up the excitement for your kid’s first day of school with this free printable!

Fancy Word Wall
Fancy Word Wall

Kids get an extra boost on reading with this interactive word game – talk about creative motivation!

Paper Plate Math & Alphabet Game

Paper Plate Math & Alphabet Game

Make an easy learning game with just some paper plates and a brad!

Counting Catapillars

Counting Caterpillars

Practice counting while you make these fun pom pom caterpillars.

idewalk Chalk Mental Math Game

Sidewalk Chalk Mental Math Game

You could practice adding 10’s and 100’s to numbers while you sit inside at a desk, but why do that when you can be outside and learn?

Craft Stick Puzzles

Craft Stick Puzzles

Kids can create their very own personalized puzzle to solve again and again. Choose a favorite photo, greeting card or patterned paper and get started!

Citrus Tree Counting Game

Citrus Tree Counting Game

Create some beautiful counting cards with your toddler or preschooler to practice counting, then display the cards on the wall so they can continue to count and learn.

Pony Bead Counting Board

Pony Bead Counting Board

Your child will have more fun learning to count, if you have them make their own counting board for a fun visual!

Rhyming Treasure Hunt

Rhyming Treasure Hunt

Practice rhyming and teamwork as you and your children go on a rhyming treasure hunt!

Printable Story Cards

Printable Story Cards

Looking for a fun way to fuel your kids’ creativity and communication skills? These 30 story starters will stretch their imaginations and help them spin yarns worth weaving!