Homemade Applesauce-Cooking with Kids

Making applesauce is fun and easy. Kids love to explore apples in this way!

Cooking with kids is so important. It helps them to appreciate where their food comes from and want to try new things. They are much more likely to eat healthy foods if they help prepare them.

There are many fun ways to explore apples with your kids. Try taking them out to pick apples from a tree, taking them to the store to chose apples, or having parents pick out apples with the kids and bring them to daycare to share for your projects.

We have been exploring apples at Little Sprouts.  We had tons of fun cutting some up to make homemade applesauce.  It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it’s good for you!

kids making applesauce

kids cutting apples for applesauce

How can you make some homemade applesauce of your own?  It’s super easy. 

*Peel, core, and cut up about 6-7 apples.  Make sure they have a great flavor so your sauce will have great flavor. I peel and core the apples and let the kids cut the sections into smaller pieces. This gives them some great practice with a butter knife and some fine motor skill building as well.

*Put the apples in a dutch oven with about a half cup of water and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. 

*Let the apples cool for a bit and add a small pinch of salt to bring out the flavor of the apples.

*Place cooled apples in a blender and blend until sauce is the texture you like. 

homemade applesauce

applesauce, homemade

The kids gobbled up this applesauce in no time flat and begged for more.  And it was fresh and healthy for us too.


  1. Erlene says:

    How cute. I miss when the kids were young like this and loved to help in the kitchen. Now my boys run the other way….lol

  2. Amanda @MultiTestingMom says:

    Yum! I need to make some, we went apple picking last weekend. Visiting from Let’s Get Real πŸ™‚

  3. Anne Marie says:

    It’s that time of the year. I have applesauce on my to-do list as well. Yours looks delicious. I know I sound like a broken record, but your daycare charges and their parents are so lucky to have you!

    • I don’t mind your broken record. It’s a great compliment and thank you for it! I guess because of the apples I used, it was the BEST applesauce I’ve ever tasted. We make it often, usually several times every fall when apples are in season. thanks for reading along with our adventures. I appreciate your encouragement so very much! (And I LOVE reading your blog!)

  4. Mike the Gardener says:

    The kids would definitely love this project. My kids love it when I use the hand cranked apple peeler πŸ™‚

  5. Karen says:

    Aww…that bring back sweet memories of making applesauce when my oldest children were littles. It’s such a fun, easy, and tasty project. Thanks for sharing. By the way, your applesauce looks fantastic! πŸ™‚

  6. Tiffany Newell says:

    Love this!!!

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