Turns out some time spent cleaning apples in the backyard was just what the doctor ordered.
Apple polishing is a simple activity that can take as much (or as little) time as you and your kids like. The point is to unplug, slow down and spend some quality time together. Anyone who likes putting their hands in water and using a towel can help.
Of course, you’ll need some apples. Since our week began with an apple picking adventure, we were already halfway there.
Other than a bag of freshly picked apples, the only supplies you’ll need for apple polishing are:
- A bowl full of water & another to place the polished apples in
- Some wash cloths or towels for the polishing
- A picnic blanket if you plan on setting up your work station outside (which I highly encourage)
- Fruit and veggie cleaner (optional)
- 10 to 30 minutes
They loved it.
I’d planned on giving them a brief demonstration on what to do, but they didn’t need my help. They were instant experts.
While we polished, we talked. About the fun we had at the orchard and why cleaning fruits and vegetables is important. (Seems The Big Explorer knows a thing or two about organic food and pesticides.)
Both of The Explorers were quite proud of their handiwork. And anxious to taste the fruits of their labor.
Thanks to Jena of HappyLittleMesses for introducing me to the idea of apple polishing with kids.