I have been so inspired by how the children in Waldorf kindergartens often make their own snack. I have seen them grind the grains, make the bread and churn the butter! What a wonderful experience for a child to help them in developing a deep relationship with their food.
On a smaller scale, we made apple sauce last week! Well, it actually turned out to be pear sauce. We geared up with hats and baskets and went on a hike to find the apple trees. On the way we saw a pear tree that was laden with fruit. Many of the branches were so heavy that hat they were at toddler height. They asked if they could pick some and before I knew it the baskets were full! We added a couple of apples, just because we felt that we should!
Once back at the Studio we peeled, cored and chopped them. A few pieces were taste tested of course, but that is all part of the experience. A little while later, after playing with the sweet smell of cooking apples in the air, we sat down to a long awaited snack. It was a little later than usual but the children were so patient. When the time came we enjoyed the warm apple sauce with a little yogurt and warm herbal tea. Throughout the meal the children complimented their cooking abilities and the food itself. It was lovely to hear them describe how they worked as a team to create this delicious snack.
It felt like fall was already here!