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Walking Apple Sandwich

Take a yummy hike with an easy-to-make and carry sandwich. This fresh combination of fruit and protein explores your preschooler’s creativity and hand-eye coordination too.

WATCH OUT!

Be aware of any food allergies. You can substitute gluten-, dairy- or nut-free items and still make a delicious walking sandwich.

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  1. Fresh, large apple, your child’s favorite kind. Or go to your grocery and look for something new! Maybe a tangy Granny Smith or lightly sweet Fuji apple ...
  2. Apple corer, for adults only! We use this apple corer found on Amazon. A pairing knife can do in a pinch, but we find that a corer is really the easiest way to accomplish your goal.
  3. All-natural, sugar-free peanut butter, almond butter found here or any other favorite soft spread of your choice. We also like to use low-fat, pre-sliced cheese. Cut it into strips about the diameter of your apple’s core.
  4. Dull, table knife like this example for putting spread into your apple's middle.
HOW TO
  1. Skilly Spark: Take a moment to talk with your child about what makes up a sandwich. Today we’re going to make a different kind of sandwich, with an apple! And it’s perfect to take on our walk together. How do you imagine how that’s possible? Let’s see how we can use this apple and spread to do it.  
  2. Adults, core your apple(s). We usually pick up the apple and aim the corer from the top to the apple’s bottom. If your apple is especially large, you might need to take a few passes with your apple corer to remove all its seeds. Some older 4-year-olds may be able to help, too.
  3. Ask your child to fill the apple with cheese, peanut butter, or any soft spread of their choice.
  4. That’s it!  Now you’re ready to go on a walk with your walking apple sandwich. Munch and enjoy the mixing of flavors as you go!

 

Keep the fun going
  • Wander with your friends! Make walking apple sandwiches and share them on a group hike in the neighborhood or park. Eat your treats as you walk together.
  • Imagine your next adventure. Where else can you and your walking sandwiches go? Can you go to the beach together? The top of a mountain or even another world?

 

+ Inspiration/Photo credit goes to http://www.jwee1975.com depicting Japanese Women's Everest Expedition (JWEE) in 1975. The all-female climbing party included Junko Tabei, the first woman ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest and to conquer the "Seven Summits" — the tallest peak on each continent. You can learn more about Tabei-san here on NPR.org.