FALL IS COMING! FALL IS COMING! I’m sure you’ve noticed by now I’ve been on an apple kick lately. Between my Applesauce Instant Pot recipe, my Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies, Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread, and Apple Cider, September has become known as the month of the apple in this house. During this time of apple inspired recipes, it got me thinking about Johnny Appleseed!
I thought it would be fun to dive in and learn some fun facts about Johnny. Of course I would be remiss if I left you without a new craft project and unit study!
If you are studying Classical Conversations this year (we are doing Cycle three), Johnny Appleseed is a good one to dive in and learn more about! Here are some recommended books and resources-
Now for Fun Facts About Johnny Appleseed!
- Johnny Appleseed was not his real name.
The man we know as Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman. He was given the nickname “Johnny Appleseed” because he was known for spreading apple seeds on his travels.
- John Chapman loved apples.
You may have guessed by his nickname that Johnny Appleseed loved apples. In fact, he would often barter his apple seeds and seedlings or even give them away to families who didn’t have a lot of money.
He was also known to give funds to those who didn’t have money. He cared as much about the people he met as he did about the apple seeds. Although he was generous with his stock, he actually did do well as a businessman.
- He had a good relationship with the Native American tribes he met in his travels.
During Chapman’s time tensions were often high between settlers and Native Americans. However, there was very little tension between him and those he met because of his kind, gentle nature.
He shared medicinal knowledge with the tribes and they shared their knowledge with him. Chapman also learned some of the tribes’ dialects so that he could speak with them in their own languages. As you can imagine, they appreciated his efforts!
- He was responsible for planting apple seeds from Pennsylvania through Ohio.
The abundance of apples from Pennsylvania through mid-Ohio can be attributed to Chapman’s dedication. He was determined to help settlers create sustainable crops as they began their new lives.
- Not all of the apple seeds he planted were good.
Since Chapman got his apple seeds from cider mills in Pennsylvania, not all of the varieties he planted were good to eat. In fact, many of the varieties were downright awful to eat fresh from the tree. However, not all were wasted. Many apples were made into delicious cider!
Because I love unit studies and I also love giving y’all freebies, I had to put together a unit study on Johnny Appleseed. Until September 24th you can grab this study for FREE! Just click the graphic to grab it!
I also decided to put together this simple craft for you, too. This is perfect for a day when it starts to get chilly and the kids are not settling down. Sometimes just switching gears is a good, fun way to bring them back to focus!
Apple Craft Using Pumpkin Seeds
- 1-2 pkgs. Pumpkin Seeds
- 5 Disposable Cups
- 10 Tbsp. White Vinegar
- Food Coloring—red, yellow, orange, green, purple
- Sheets of White Paper
- Glue Stick
- In each of the 5 cups, put 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1/3 cup water.
- Add 8-10 drops of coloring to each cup and mix well.
- Divide the seeds and place some into each cup and mix well.
- Let the seeds soak for about an hour, lay out on a wax paper lined baking sheet, and let dry overnight.
- On a sheet of paper draw an outline of an apple.
- Use the pumpkin seeds to fill in the picture by placing glue in the outline and placing seeds all over. Let dry for about 5-10 minutes.
- Fun fall craft!
Printable Craft Material List and Instructions Below!