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We have curated some fun additions for your Johnny Appleseed Day!
Johnny Appleseed, the man, the myth, the legend. Stories about his “tin pot”, who planted the apple trees, the man who wore no shoes. Using this activity will be a fun day for conversations about apples, folk legends, and frontier days.
Activities that need little to nothing!
- In our Activity Booklet we have a fun truth or tale worksheet, that will help your residents remember stories from school days and even learn things they may not have known. There’s also a sing along lyrics from “The Lord’s Been Good to Me”, which was John Chapman’s theme song. And Lastly, there’s a fun matching game to see if your residents can identify different varieties of apples.
- If your residents like short cute cartoons – here’s a quick little 8 minute YouTube video that will help them fill out the Lyrics.
For you we have two different crafts, one is an apple stamp card (from Rosh Hashanah – but it can be made for any reason) and the other is a craft in a bag the resident can do on their own, a cute little apple weaving kit.
Snacks for Johnny Appleseed Day wouldn’t be complete without an apple recipe for individual mini apple pies or decorate your cart with our signs and banners and have an apple bar by slicing the apples in a ring (core out the seeds) and serve with various toppings; like cream cheese, peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, mini marshmallows, shredded coconut, crumbled pretzels, or even crumbled Oreos. All will be enjoying this snack treat!
Tall tales and legends: Johnny Appleseed (YouTube)
Ok, we admit, there aren’t many movies about Johnny Appleseed, so we took some liberties here – you can too….
- What would an apple day be like without a story about “Steve Jobs”. There may be no actual apples in the film, but it is a biopic about the creator of Apple.
- Harry Potter’s “The Prisoner of Azkaban” has one of the film’s most heartwarming scenes, the flight of Buckbeak. Here, we see the very best of apples and how it can help us build relationships with the other.
- If your community likes Disney, well, let’s just say you’ll be a hero when you point out these “apple” classics…
- Snow White and the Poisoned Apple, just one bite is all it took.
- And how about Aladdin, apples can be found throughout the film. For example, Jasmine inadvertently steals an apple to give to a hungry child while she wanders through the marketplace in disguise, and after Aladdin saves the day, he and Abu toss a few apples around as Aladdin laments that “there must be more to life than this.” Finally, when Jafar is holding Jasmine captive, he takes a devilish bite from an apple (what is it with villains and apples?) before Aladdin once again comes to the rescue.
Songs about Apples:
(Fun game to play, play these songs and give all residents an apple, have them take a bite every time they hear the word apple)
- Little Green Apples, Glen Campbell, Bobbie Gentry or The Four Tops or Johnny Mathis or Frank Sinatra or Patti Page or O.C. Smith or Robbie Williams w/Kelly Clarkston
- Adam’s Apple, Aerosmith
- Apple Blossom, The White Stripes
- An Apple a Day, Aqua
- Big Apple, Molly Hatchet
- Apple of Your Eye, Peter Frampton
- (Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World was Young, Aretha Franklin
- Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Barry Manilow
- These Apples, Barenaked Ladies
- Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree, Cher
- If you Don’t Like My Apples, Nat King Cole
- Golden Apples of the Sun, Judy Collins
- (I’ll be with you in) Apple Blossom Time, Bill Haley & His Comets
- Big Apple Waltz, Sweet
- Apple of My Eye, Dolores O’Riordan
- Apple Girl, Vincent Gallo