The other day, while I shared our photos from Apple picking – I mentioned Johnny Appleseed. A somewhat, random statement on any other week of the year – but this week we celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day aka Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday! Lennox has been learning about Johnny Appleseed at school and today at school she will even be making applesauce as a celebration! A lot of people think that he is fictional, but actually he was a real person .If you don’t know much about Johnny Appleseed, here are a few basic facts:
- Johnny Appleseed’s real name is John Carpenter
- He was born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1774.
- He was the pioneer of growing apples. He traveled around the country planting apple seeds.
- Yes, apparently he did wear a pan on his head at times!
- He thought everyone should be treated with respect and that everyone should treat others with respect.
- He also thought that you only needed what you would use.
- Bonus fact: Baby Lennox makes a cute Johnny Appleseed!
If you reflect on his simple theory of respect for all people and living things – this ties directly into the core values of Montessori! No wonder they celebrate the day at Lennox’s school.
I went onto Pinterest and found some great educational and fun activities centered around Johnny Appleseed. Below are some of my favorites.
Johnny Appleseed Activities for Kids
- Johnny Appleseed – The Story for Kids
- Apple Printing Postcard Art Project
- Johnny Appleseed Apple Painting & Counting Worksheet
- Johnny Appleseed Research / Writing Activity
- Johnny Appleseed Printable Mini Book
- Paper Plate Apple Handprint Art Project
- What’s in Johnny Appleseeds Napsack Writing Exercise
- Label the Parts of an Apple Worksheet
- Apple Jokes for Kids
- Johnny Appleseed Homeschool Printables