Ready for some apple fun? Make an apple washing bin!
There are just some activities that are staples. Pouring stations, rice tubs, and cleaning bins are the go-to activities in my house, so making an apple washing bin was a “DUH! How have we NOT done this yet?!” moment.
Apples are a fun learning vehicle to play with for toddlers and preschoolers. I teamed up with four of my favorite bloggers (Little Ones Learn, Days with Grey, Hello Wonderful, and Happy Tot Shelf) to come up with some new ways to play with apples!
What’s so fun about washing stuff?
Washing stations are a big part of my kids’ activities fun. They’re always finding ways to wash things!
We’ve cleaned trucks.
We’ve cleaned toys.
We’ve even cleaned cats and dogs.
So making an apple washing bin was a total no-brainer. I knew my kids would be all over this idea!
I made sure to SELL it!
I didn’t just set down some apples and tell my kids to get to work. I SOLD them on this idea!
“We NEED to wash the apples! They’re so dirty! We’ve got to get them clean, but I don’t have time. Can you do it?! Can you clean the apples?!”
My 3.5-year-old and almost 2-year-old were 100% down to wash the apples.
Here’s how I made an apple washing bin
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- Storage container (I love a 28 qt bin!)
- Smaller storage container
- Sponges (this one is actually from this toy set)
- Wash cloth
Totally an easy set up here!
I set the apples in the larger bin so they wouldn’t roll away on the kids as they worked on washing them.
In the smaller container, I put all the water they’d need for cleaning the apples plus brushes, a sponge, and a wash cloth.
They love this activity!
My kids love having little jobs like this and an apple washing bin was perfect for them!
It was EXACTLY the right activity to capture both their interests and BONUS (!!) my apples got all clean from this bin.
I did lose 2 apples to this activity – each kid snuck one at the end, but who can blame them! Apples are delicious, especially after all that hard work!
Looking for more apple activities?
The very first unit of my Playing Preschool program is about apples.
Why? Because apples make a great learning vehicle. They can be the driving force and connecting link for so many learning activities.
Check out these other apple activities from my talented blog friends!
- Crayon Resist Apple Art – Munchkins and Moms
- Apple Dot to Dot – Days with Grey
- Apple Science Experiment – Pre-K Pages
- Apple Poke – Busy Toddler
I can’t wait for you to make an apple washing bin!
It’s a quick and easy activity – but it’s a good one. You’re going to love it!