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Baking an Apple Pie: Playing in the Kitchen

Today we hit the kitchen to make an apple pie with our apples we picked at the orchard. I started by reading Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie. This is a really cute story that we enjoyed reading. It is funny and informative! The book even includes a recipe. I chose to use that recipe for our apple pie so that I could show Jake how we use the book as a reference. 
I, of course, had to cut the apples. In retrospect I probably should have pre-cut the apples before getting Jake involved because he lost interest and went to play while I cut and pealed the apples. Once I was finished I had him add the ingredients and stir. (Notice that he is eating while stirring, I swear he eats all day!)
I also let him help roll the dough. He loves the roller, uses it with play dough. He enjoys doing this and is really getting good at it!
Here is our pre-cooked apple pie! Jake was very excited and proud when we finished but wanted to wash his hands! He loves the kitchen and cooking but is ready to clean-up when we are finished! 
The pie tasted great! This is a perfect way to make connections with where our food comes from and how to be prepared to be eaten. 

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  1. We followed that same recipe yesterday - I like the pie (I'm about to cut myself another piece), and the book - I'm not so sure about making pies with children - there's a lot they can't do.

  2. I've never had my guys roll out dough before. I guess I just never thought about it being something they could do. We'll have to give this a try.

  3. i have this book on tap for this week - so glad to see your lil guy was able to help with the pie - this will be our very first attempt!

    Would love for you to come link up to The Sunday Showcase -


  4. What a great practical play idea. My girls love cooking and baking and are so proud when they get to eat what they've made.

    Lovely to see you at the Play Academy again.


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