Coming up on September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day. It was so thoughtful of John Chapman to have his birthday in September – the perfect month for celebrating all things apple! In case you don’t know, back in the 1700s and 1800s, Johnny Appleseed went around what is now the midwest planting apple trees.
His story is a great way to talk about being a good citizen by doing nice things for the community and by caring for the earth. It’s fun to role play his lifestyle with kids too – carrying everything he needed with him and wearing a pot on his head so that his cooking equipment could double as head gear (or at least so the story goes!).
You can have kids make simple bags for carrying seeds by folding a big piece of construction paper in half and gluing the edges. Then tie yarn through holes in the top and decorate with an apple. Voila! Your very own Johnny Appleseed bag.
Then make a pot hat to go with it. Use gray construction paper for the pot and black for the handle. Then staple or glue black strips on the back to make a headband. Have kids put on their hats, gather up their seed bags, and go on a journey around the playground or yard pretending to spread appleseeds. Then have them write or draw about what it would have been like to have lived like Johnny Appleseed way back when. You could even use this as a springboard for a service learning project to plant trees or do kind things for other community members. Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!