A couple of weeks ago we visited our very first Apple Orchard. It’s been on my Fall bucket list forever and I’m so excited that we finally made it happen now that we live close to an orchard. We made some of the best memories together as we picked apples for the first time, ate piping hot apple cider donuts, and enjoyed the crisp mountain air. We had such a great time that I decided to recreate an apple orchard right in our own playroom. If your little ones are obsessed with apple picking or maybe you don’t have a real apple orchard nearby, here’s how to create a Pretend Play Apple Orchard right at home.
What to Include in a Apple Orchard Pretend Play Area?
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- Apple Orchard Printables
- Pretend Apples
- Pretend Apple Pie (I made ours with felt)
- Apple Cider Doughnuts (I made ours with felt)
- DIY Apple Tree (I made ours with felt)
- Small Bins and Baskets to put Apples in
- Cash Register (We love ours from IKEA. Similar one here)
- Empty Milk Jug (To use for Apple Cider)
First of all, I created the apple tree in our orchard by cutting out green and brown felt that we already had. I attached it to the wall using painters tape so that it won’t hurt our walls when it’s time to take it down. Although, the girls love this pretend play apple orchard so much, I honestly don’t see it coming down any time soon. The red apples are also made out of felt and are so much fun to pick off the tree!
One of my favorite parts of pretend play is how it encourages role playing. You and your kids can take turns being the customer, employee or even the apple orchard owner. There’s so many great opportunities to practice new vocabulary while playing.
One apple pie for the little gal in purple coming right up!
I laminated all of the items from the Printable Apple Orchard Pretend Play Kit so that we can reuse them again and again.
The girls love using a dry erase marker to draw on the Customer Order Forms and the Receipts. Since they’re laminated, they can easily be wiped off each time we use them.
A trip to the apple orchard wouldn’t be complete without freshly baked apple cider doughnuts. In fact, while we were apple picking this became a new family rule. I wish I had a dozen of those right now! Seriously so delicious.
Here’s a few more up close details of our apple orchard!
I think Libby agrees that a warm glass of apple cider is the perfect way to finish off a day full of apple picking.
Isn’t this so much fun? I would have never stopped playing with this as a kid, which is probably why it’s so much fun to play with now! There’s so many amazing benefits of pretend play and I love how it gives the girls and me something to do together. I can’t tell you how many times Bridgett asks me, “Hey, Mama! Can we play with our apple orchard?” Music to my ears!
Are you ready to create a pretend play apple orchard? I hope you and your little ones enjoy making Fall memories picking apples together. Don’t forget to grab an apple cider doughnut or two. After all, that’s one of the best parts of visiting the apple orchard!
Click HERE to purchase the Printable Apple Orchard Pretend Play Kit
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