Welcome to issue 19 of Green Kids. We have taken a trip down to the orchard to find out all about apples, how they are grown and some delicious recipes you can make with them. You can make your own yummy apple pie using the instructions on page 4 or find a green penfriend on page 6.
3 All about apples 4 Make your own pie 6 Your letters 7 Apple Story 8 Puzzles and jokes
If you toss a piece of ap ple
peel over y our left sho ulder it is
said to rev eal the init ial of your
future husb and or wife .
Apples we re believed
to be magic al from very
early times . Diviners in
search of w ater hidden
undergroun d used to u se
forked bran ches taken from
the Apple t ree. These
were tradit ionally calle d
wishing rod s.
folklo reThe ancie nt custom of Wassail ing the apple trees wa s intended to awake n the slee ping treespirit, drive awa y bad luck , and ens ure a g ood harve st. People would dri nk to th e tree with cider, thr ow cider o ver its r oots and p ut a piece of bread o r toast s oaked in c ider into a fork of th e tree’s b ranches. Often the t rees were dance d around, and the W assailing Song was sung.
Editor Melissa Corkhill Design Jez Harris. Green Kids is printed on recycled paper using vegetable based inks. To write to us: Green Kids, PO Box 104, Lewes, BN7 9AX Tel: 01825 872858 Website: www.thegreenparent.co.uk With thanks to www.bramleyapples.co.uk for their help Apple Puppets Puppets used to be made by Native Americans who called them ‘applehead dolls’. Each apple head will need: • A Bramley apple • A stick about 6 inches long • Scraps of fabric, cardboard, • Ribbon and wool to decorate
1 Take an apple, peel it, and carve it into a face. This doesn’t have to be complicated - make slits for eyes, another longer one for the mouth, then hollow out a nose. 2 Place on a stick and then leave your apple head to dry for several weeks – it will shrink into quite a character! 3 When it is ready, decorate the head with wool for hair and make a body for him or her out of fabric, cardboard or whatever you like. 4 Put your hand inside the puppet and you are ready to start the show. Why not make up a play based on an apple story such as William Tell?
win sKIPPING ROPES Send us a letter, poem or picture and you could win one of five wooden skipping ropes that we have to give away. These hand painted animal skipping ropes are perfect for games with friends or for skipping on your own. Write to us at the address on page 2 for your chance to win.
fac t Pe ople have bee n eatin g ap ples for over 8,50 0 ye ars a nd growin g ap ple tr ees for at le ast 4 000 year s.
Blackbirds, song and mistle thrushes, redwings and other members of the thrush family all love eating apples. So do starlings and crows.
Eat an apple, Save the core. Plant the seeds, And grow some more.