With the Kids

Weird Science All About Apples!

Back when I posted about applesauce, I saved one apple to experiment on. When I was teaching Kindergarten, this was a fun month long science project that my students loved, so I decided to do it with my kids. They loved discovering an apple and all it’s parts. Here are 3 ways to make your apples part of some weird science!

Weird Science with Apples

1. Dissect an apple:

Get one red ripe apple and cut it in half. Let the kids use their five senses to investigate their apple. Feel, Smell, Taste, Hear, & See. What’s it all about? What is inside? Look at the core. Talk about the seeds and count how many there are. What shapes come with an apple?



2. Let the apples rot:

Now cut the apple into pieces. You will get to see what happens to each piece of the apple as time takes it toll. We looked at it almost everyday and talked about what was happening. The moisture is evaporating and leaving it to decompose. It got pretty gross in the end, so after one month, it was time to say goodbye.




3. Shrunken Halloween Apple Heads

Create a fun look for your Halloween house with some silly and spooky apple shrunken heads! I love these 3 ideas for your Halloween decor. Be sure to start early, as these apple do take some time to start shrinking into their beautifully scary heads!

Apple Faces

Old Apple Lady

Skeleton Apple Heads

Oh ya, be sure to save some of your apple slices for a delicious Apple Pie Galette as well, perfect for a fall dessert or a Thanksgiving table! It’s fun to make these apples into spooky decorations, but they are also yummy in pie!!! There’s just as much science and math going into making and baking an apple pie, so this is the perfect way to end your theme of Apple’s Weird Science!

Images: mimioriMartha Stewart, Instructables, This Week for Dinner


  1. Cute ideas, Marie, as always. I’ll never forget the great ideas that you used to introduce graphing with your kindergarten class. I think you should incorperate that graph for your fellow bloggers; anyone who does Joy School would love the “apple graph”. I still remember the first time I visited your class; it seems like it was just yesterday. It was also fun that Mrs. LeBaron introduced her class to another Mrs. LeBaron (your new mother-in-law). I still think the igloo took the cake…no…maybe it was the torches you and the class made from the Baskin Robbins cones and crepe paper as Utah readied itself for the Winter Olympic Games. I’m proud to share you as “my daughter”!

  2. I just went and looked at the shrunken apple heads project over at Martha Stewart and it looks like so much fun! I don’t know if I could make something that would turn out as cool as that photo but it will be fun to try! Thanks for passing on a great idea :-)

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